FOR the first time since the local campaign period started on March 29, One Cebu vice gubernatorial candidate Ramon “Boboy” Durano IV presented himself to the public and answered all the allegations surrounding his health.
During the party’s rally in Danao City last Friday, Boboy told the crowd that he wasn’t able to attend their sorties because he suffered a heat stroke.
He was also confined in the Chong Hua Hospital last March 17 because of stress and overfatigue, which he blamed on his hectic schedule.
One Cebu gubernatorial candidate Rep. Pablo John Garcia (third district) and his sister suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia were also at the rally, which was held at the City Hall grounds.
They were joined by Mayor Ramon “Boy” Durano Jr. and his brother former mayor Jesus “Don” Durano and One Cebu’s full slate.
Boboy denied he was ever in a coma or that he was bedridden.
“Ang claim sa uban nga I am bedridden, I am confined to a wheelchair, I am in a coma. I’m here to prove them wrong... There’s nothing to worry. Ok na,” Boboy told reporters.
He said his doctor advised him to lie low from the campaign. “But that doesn’t mean that I left the race. In fact, nagpakita ko karon (I showed up) to prove to them that I did not abandon my candidacy,” he said.
The crowd cheered when Boboy took the stage. When he was done with his speech, he slowly walked back to his seat.
He admitted taking medicine regularly.
“Yes, naa ko’y (I have) maintenance. But again, it doesn’t deprive me of my campaign. In fact, nisugod na ko’g lakaw (I have started to walk),” Boboy said.
He said Congressman Pablo John gave him weekly updates while he took a break.
Boboy is running against Liberal Party’s (LP) Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale, who happens to be his aunt, while Pablo John is up against LP’s Hilario Davide III.
An estimated 10,000 people attended the rally, according to Joyren Fruta of the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
The LP and the fifth district party Barug Alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (Bakud) also held a rally at the Freedom Park in Danao City last Tuesday, with the same crowd estimate.
Mayor Boy, who is allied with One Cebu, is facing the head of Bakud, his younger brother Vice Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III, for the mayoralty post.
Their brother Don is running for vice mayor against his nephew and Vice Mayor Nito’s son fifth district Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI.