MARIQUITA Salimbangon-Yeung transferred her voter registration from Bogo City to Medellin town last May 30, said Medellin Election Officer Jose Bariga.
Asked if Yeung will run for mayor of Medellin, last-term Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez said, “Your guess is as good as mine.”
Ramirez said his lips are sealed when asked whom will he support in next year’s elections. He said it’s still too early to think of elections and that he is still focusing on his work.
Provincial Board Member Celestino Martinez III said it is Mariquita’s prerogative to register as Medellin resident since their family is from Medellin.
The ancestral house of the Salimbangon family is in Barangay Curva, Medellin.
Yeung is a sister of Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th district).
She ran against Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. in 2010 but lost.
In 2013, she filed her candidacy but was replaced by Daphne Salimbangon, her niece and Benhur’s daughter. Daphne lost to Mayor Martinez.
The law requires one to have a year of residency before the election to qualify as candidate for public office in that place.
This means Yeung is short of 21 days to complete a year’s residency in Medellin.
Registration and residency are two different things, said Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano.
“Imo nang katungod kanus-a ka magparehistro,” said Castillano for as long as it is within registration period.
He said one only needs to prove that one has spent a year of residency in the place one intends to run to satisfy the requirements.
Sun.Star Cebu called up and texted Yeung but got no reply.