Wakee: down but not out-A A +A
Friday, January 4, 2013
BOXING promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud’s run for mayor of Cordova, Cebu was scuttled when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division cancelled his certificate of candidacy.
Comelec said Wakee “is not and cannot be a registered voter of Barangay Cogon, Cordova,” so he’s not eligible to run for mayor of that town.
It’s “Goodbye Cordova” for Wakee Salud for now.
But Wakee Salud, true to his being a boxing promoter, is not about to give up his fight to serve the people of Cordova.
“Sa boxing pa na down ta, pero wa pa ma-knock out (If this were a boxing match, I’m down but I’m not yet knocked out),” Salud said.
He’s spoiling for a fight and should be strong enough so he wouldn’t meet a similar fate with that of his friend, Manny Paquiao, in his last fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama ordered Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Marcelo Garbo Jr. to stop deploying policemen at the Capitol because it may scare tourists away, especially that the Sinulog festivities are about to start.
“I don’t want more policemen at the Capitol. I don’t want to see the Capitol looking like a prison. I don’t want to be seeing the city like it is under siege,” Rama said.
He may be right. But a Capitol with two governors ought to become a tourist attraction.
Suspended Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia said she is praying and hoping the crisis she is facing would soon be over so she could dance in the Sinulog grand parade on Jan. 20.
Sinulog organizers are only too willing to allow Gov. Gwen to dance in the Sinulog for the last time as governor, but she has to get out of her office at the Capitol to do that.
She must also make it sure she can return to her office when the parade is over.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2013.