LAPU-LAPU City mayoralty candidate Junard “Ahong” Chan is accusing his rivals of planning to ambush him as the May 13 election nears.
Chan said a member of the City of Lapu-Lapu Allied Force (CLAF) told his supporters in Sitio Paradise in Barangay Pajo not to join his campaign sorties because of the planned ambush.
Chan said that, if true, it only shows the camp of Mayor Paz Radaza is getting desperate.
Radaza is running for member of the House of Representatives in the lone district of Lapu-Lapu City, while Radaza’s husband, Arturo “Boy” Radaza, is seeking to succeed Paz as mayor.
Chan also accused the camp of Radaza of harassing his supporters.
He said one supporter who was wearing a campaign t-shirt was allegedly told by officials and tanod of Barangay Bankal to take his shirt off and wear a campaign t-shirt of Radaza.
“Desperado na gayud ang ilang gipakita kay ngano man nga ila mang harason ang mga tawo nga wa man ni mga sala. Igo ra ni sila nipadayag nga mosuporta sa among pundok,” said Chan, who added that some of their campaign materials were also removed. (“They are being desperate because they are harassing people who have done nothing wrong and who only showed their support for our camp.”)
However, Mayor Radaza simply brushed off his accusations and turned the tables on him. She said they don’t remove campaign materials, and she accused her rival of being the one to cover their campaign materials.
As for the reported ambush plan, the mayor said that claim merely proves it is Chan who is desperate.
“Iya ra nang huna-huna. Nganong ambushon man siya kung ing-ana nga na rattle na siya? Di na mi motagad anang in-ana. Ako pa niya, mangampanya siya ug maayo,” Radaza said. (“That’s his imagination. Why should we ambush him when he is already afraid? He should campaign hard instead.”)
Meanwhile, Chan is suspecting there is an attempt to sabotage his candidacy after it was discovered that the Commission on Elections has received two different Certificates of Candidacy (COC) from him. This was based on a memorandum signed by Consuel Diola, acting Comelec secretary, last April 4.
Based on their records, Chan filed a COC and an amended COC on Oct. 16, 2018. Former Lapu-Lapu City election officer Ann Janette Lamban filed a resolution informing Comelec Manila of the two COCs filed by Chan.
However, Chan thinks there is an attempt to sabotage his candidacy since two different COCs were received by the Comelec head office and the Comelec office in Lapu-Lapu City.
He said in a press conference last April 24 that after his rival camp announced he was disqualified because of his failure to use the new COC that included item No. 22--which asks the candidate if he has an ongoing case, he went to Comelec Manila to have this clarified.
He found out that the COC received by Comelec Manila did not have an Item No. 22, but he insisted he used the correct form when he submitted it to the Lapu-Lapu Comelec office.
He said the Comelec Law department is already investigating the issue and will come up with a resolution. (FROM FVQ, GDM of SuperBalita Cebu/KAL)