REP. Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisumbing and third-termer Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes will swap positions for the May 2016 elections.
Quisumbing and Cortes officially announced this during a press conference at the Capitol, after some incumbent and non-incumbent officials took oath before Davide yesterday.
At least five incumbent barangay officials, a lawyer and former Mandaue Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna took oath before Davide as new members of the Liberal Party (LP).
Fortuna will run as Quisumbing’s vice mayor.
Quisumbing introduced Barangay Councilor’s League President Raul “Kevin” Cabahug, Cabancalan Barangay Captain Cynthia Remedio, Ibabao-Estancia Barangay Captain Carmelino “June” del Mar Jr., Canduman Barangay Captain Leo Jabas, Barangay Labogon Councilor Soco and Atty. Nilo Seno as their candidates for city councilors.
Incumbent City Councilors Demetrio Cortes Jr., Nenita Layese and Elstone Dabon will seek reelection under the same party.
Quisumbing is set to face City Councilor Emmarie “Lollipop” Ouano-Dizon next year.
“It’s very important that this election, this campaign be about progress, that this election be about what is best for the entire City of Mandaue and not just for one family or one person. So I hope that this election can be about what is best for the people of Mandaue,” Quisumbing said.
Dizon and another councilor, Beethoven Andaya, were just proclaimed by One Cebu party headed by the Garcias as the official candidates for mayor and vice mayor, respectively.
In an interview during One Cebu’s general assembly, Dizon said she was still an LP member.
Sought for his comment, Davide said Quisumbing and the other officials present yesterday are the official candidates.
“Well, she told me the last time we spoke two nights ago. We talked to each other because she texted me she wanted to know the decision. I just told her just prepare for the worst because our candidate for mayor is Cong. Quisumbing,” Davide said.
The governor said the party has decided even before that the candidate for mayor is Quisumbing and Cortes will be for Congress.
Cortes announced yesterday that incumbent City Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede and Consolacion Councilor Julius Alegado will run for Provincial Board member.
“We have agreed with Cong. Luigi Quisumbing in principle nga mag-ilis (that we will swap positions),” he said.
Although she will run for Congress, Cortes assured that he will try his best that the services intended for Mandaue will not be compromised.
One Cebu recently announced former congresswoman Nerissa Soon as Winston Garcia’s running mate.
Cortes assured Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale that they will do their best to give her the majority of the city’s votes.
Magpale thanked Quisumbing, Cortes and the rest of the officials for their pledge of support.
“I’d like to reiterate that I will be running with the same platform with integrity and you know... So, I’d like to reiterate also to the officials of Mandaue nga dili ko nila ikauwaw (that you will not be ashamed of me). It’s not enough that you only have integrity, you also have to prove your worth and I think all of you know how I work,” she said.
Also yesterday, Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes went to the Governor’s office.
Davide confirmed that de los Reyes is still their candidate for mayor.
He said the de los Reyes came to his office to submit the list of his candidates for councilors and that the latter will tell him today about his vice mayor.