FOR NOT accepting his challenge for a debate, One Cebu gubernatorial candidate Glenn Anthony Soco said that his opponent, Gregorio Sanchez, is afraid of him.

Soco said the debate may be aired live over dyDD, the radio

station Sanchez co-owns. He said the debate is the best way to lay out their programs and likened this to a series of presidential debates, where the voters can easily check who among the candidates are worthy of the positions.

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Any venue would do, Soco added.

Although he did not set conditions, the topics they can discuss are business, employment, tourism and even legislation.

“Ngano ‘di man siya willing mo-atubang naku unya si Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia lang daw iyang atubangon kay kung ako mura ra daw siya ug nakigstorya ug elementary?

Campaign is supposed to be based on relevant and meritorious issues (Why isn’t he willing to confront me and say that he’d only face Gov. Garcia because he’d be as though talking to an elementary student if he was talking to me),” Soco added.

Sanchez’s statement to face Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia instead of him, made Soco believe that Sanchez is seeking the wrong position, adding that both of them are running in the same position so the vice governor should face him.

“I don’t have anything against my opponent. Mine is just an observation that we should put things in place.

Most of his statements are deceiving. Misleading. I’m only answering his statements, punto por punto,” Soco told reporters in a press conference yesterday.

He also finds Sanchez’s delivery of privilege speech in the Provincial Board (PB) session inappropriate.

“Murag gigamit ang PB sa iyang political interest. The issues that he raised could have been raised in another venue. It could have been raised in a campaign or debate.

What is he after? Parliamentary immunity? In aid of legislation (He’s using the PB for his political interest),” Soco said.

Sun.Star Cebu tried to contact Sanchez, but failed.

Sanchez should put everything in the proper perspective, Soco said.

The idea to have a debate, he said, first came after he had filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) and he had welcomed the suggestion because it was a better choice to present his programs.

It is important to have a harmonious relationship with the governor so that the projects will not be sacrificed.

He also questioned the basis of Sanchez’s claim that he’s trailing behind him. Soco clarified that in the in-house survey of One Cebu, he has been greatly improving knowing that he is a new player in Cebu politics.