Sinulog and politicos-A A +A
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma said he is praying politicians will join the Sinulog on Jan. 20 for their devotion to the Sto. Niño and not for politics.
”I know that many politicians have devotion to the Sto. Niño. You are most welcome and as always there is guidance and there are rules and policies governing definitions of where is the realm of politics in terms of policies,” the Cebu prelate said.
Your Grace, you can trust the politicians will be here for the Sto.Niño. It is only coincidental that this also the season for politicians to be seen by a huge crowd.
It’s too early for politicians to campaign, especially during the Sinulog festivities.
The campaign period for those running for national positions, like senators and party-list group representatives will be from Feb. 12 to May 11, and from March 29 to May 11 for those who will be running for congressman, provincial, city and municipal officials.
But an expected crowd of four million during the Sinulog is too tempting for politicians. Oscar Wilde once said he can resist everything except temptation.
Suspended Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia is still weighing her options whether to dance or not during the Sinulog grand parade on Sunday with the Rosquillos festival contingent of Liloan, the town of her son-in-law.
”I really hope that I can dance for the ninth and last time together with one contingent coming from our town and this time the Rosquillos festival,” she said.
Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale said Gov. Gwen Gracia can gracefully dance away from the Capitol. But can she gracefully dance her way back to her office?
Commission on Elections Provincial Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano is in a quandary on who is really the current Cebu governor.
Incumbent governors and members of Congress are allowed to keep two security escorts despite the start of the election period last Sunday.
That’s the problem when one Capitol has two governors.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2013.