LEADERS of the administration Liberal Party (LP) hinted that Rep. Luigi Quisumbing (Cebu, 6th district) may run for a different position next year.
LP leaders and allies gathered on Tuesday night to celebrate Quisumbing’s 36th birthday at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.
But before Quisumbing blew the candles on a three-layered minions-inspired cake, some officials, including Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, gave their messages to the celebrant.
All the mayors in the sixth district and their councilors and barangay captains were present.
Quisumbing’s mother, Betsy, his wife Maricar, other family members and friends also came.
In his 40-second speech, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III gave his birthday greetings to Quisumbing and at the same time congratulated him and his wife, Maricar, for their wedding.
“I hope you have good health and more birthdays to come and more blessings. And unta nga magkasinabot mo ni Mayor Jonas. Hapit na gyud tingali (you can come up a final agreement with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes. Perhaps soon),” said Davide.
Speculations floated that Quisumbing will run for mayor, while Cortes will replace him in Congress. Quisumbing is currently in his second term, while Cortes is now on his last term.
Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado recalled that Quisumbing started his life in politics in Consolacion when he decided to run for Provincial Board member.
In the middle of her speech, Alegado sang, “Nanghihinayang, nanghihinayang ang puso namin (Our hearts are in sorrow)” and continued, “that Congressman Luigi might be changing course.”
She said that it was a special birthday for Quisumbing because “a decision has to be made.”
Alegado assured that her town will always be behind him and she prayed that whatever direction Quisumbing will take, it will make him happy.
Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said he does not know where Quisumbing will be but he assured to back the congressman’s bid.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said that Quisumbing is one of her favorite politicians. She believes that in any position that Quisumbing decides to hold, the latter can live up to the President’s “matuwid na daan” campaign.
During the celebration, guests waited for announcements from Quisumbing or Cortes but neither made one.
Quisumbing thanked the guests who celebrated his birthday, and that he looked forward to work hand in hand with them.
Roxas, who declared his intention to run for president next year, wished for Quisumbing’s success.
Aside from Roxas, other known personalities who came were Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district), Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas (Cebu, first district), Rep. Joseph Ace Durano (Cebu, fifth district), former congressman Tomas Osmeña and Danao Vice Mayor Ramon “Red” Durano VI.