GINGOOG City Vice Mayor-elect Peter Unabia over the weekend said the alliance between his group and the Padayon Pilipino Party led by reelected Governor Yevgeny Emano will be continued in the province.
He said the political ties between him and Emano will not end in the midterm elections but will continue to better serve the people of the province.
“Our alliance with Bambi will not stop but will continue. Dako og tabang ang atong alyansa (our alliance was a great help),” Unabia said.
Unabia made the statement after the oath taking ceremony of winning candidates under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Padayon Pilipino of the province's first district at the Amaya View in Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City, last Sunday, May 19.
The oath taking rites was administered by Judges Dennis Alcantar and Cesar Merlas.
However, Unabia said the governor begged off until the 40 days of his late father, former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano.
“Ang uban wala kay walay siguro time gi ang uban nagpahulay. Si Gov. Bambi nag beg off kay until 40 days ni Mayor Dongkoy ayha ra siya mogawas,” Unabia said.
(The rest did not come maybe because they were resting. Governor Bambi begged off to mourn for the late mayor Emano for 40 days, before he will go out.)
Unabia acknowledged that his alliance with the Padayon Pilipino in the first district contributed to the victory of the most PDP-Laban candidates in the municipalities.
He also said the respect he gained from the winning mayors and other elected town officials was also a factor to the victory of his son, congressman-elect Christian Unabia of the first district.
“Nakuha nako ang support sa mga (I got the support of the) mayors because of the respect that I gained in my nine years as representative,” Unabia said, adding that their group has a strong foundation.
Unabia said among his priorities as top official of the City Council of Gingoog is to revisit the ordinances and ensure that legislative measures passed are for the welfare of the people.
He said some councilors in the opposition have signified intention to join the administration.
Unabia, however, said the City Council will work closely with the executive branch headed by mayor-elect Erick Canosa, to effectively deliver the best services the people of Gingoog City deserve.
“We will convince the opposition to join us para sa kalamboan sa Gingoog pinaagi sa atong (for the progress of Gingoog through our) GOLD program uban ni (together with) Mayor Erick nga mao ang (those are) Good governance, opportunities for agriculture and tourism, livelihood development and implementation and delivery of basic services of health, education and social services,” Unabia said.