CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama ordered the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) to remove all the Rama-Duterte campaign posters placed in different areas in the city.
He said these were placed without his authority.
The Rama-Duterte posters bear the names of Rama and that of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is running for president. They are mostly seen along One Citilink Terminal, some areas on N. Bacalso Ave., and Barangay Mabolo.
Rama asked City Administrator Lucelle Mercado to help Probe chief Raquel Arce on the matter.
“Who is organizing it? You better ask because I have not given them the authority. I don’t want that because I have Binay as my president,” he said.
Rama and the entire Team Rama, his political group, are allies of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party of Vice President Jejomar Binay. He said those posters will only confuse voters in the city as to who he is supporting.
The removal of these Rama-Duterte posters, he said, is out of respect to Binay.
“Ang importante diha ipadakop na. Why would my name be incorporated without my authority? That is illegal as far as I am concerned. That must be removed,” Rama stressed.
Rama said he will stand by Binay this May 9 elections.
Rama said it would be better if Duterte’s name is replaced with that of Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella.
Aside from Rama-Duterte posters, campaign materials of former mayor and congressman Tomas Osmeña and Duterte are also circulating in the city.
Osmeña denied he was behind the campaign materials, which were mostly seen in the barangays in the south.
Although he likes Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe, Osmeña said his support for Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas is strong.
“I love Duterte and Poe but I’m supporting Roxas because his call centers are the biggest boost to the poor, especially the struggling young graduates,” he said.
Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan is a local ally of LP in Cebu City.