CEBU gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia of One Cebu party has accepted his defeat to incumbent Governor Hilario Davide III, who is yet to be proclaimed by the Election Board of Canvassers Wednesday, May 11.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, May 10, Garcia said that "to be the governor of Cebu today is not in God’s plan."
"My journey to the gubernatorial race began with a dream for Cebu. It is now clear that with all the provincial ballots counted, we cannot win this election. This is the will of the people and I respect the will of the Cebuanos," he said.
He congratulated Davide on his victory.
"I congratulate his supporters, and his campaign. I wish him and his family the best. I urge all the Cebuanos to join me not just in congratulating him but in uniting behind the governor, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and leave our children and grandchildren a better Cebu than we inherited," he said.
"I always believe that Cebu offers opportunities to all who will seize it. Governor Davide and I both recognize this. We also have in our hearts, the service for the Cebuanos. May God bless the governor and his continued stewardship of the Province," he added.
Garcia, in his Facebook post, also thanked his family, friends and supporters, especially members of his party, the One Cebu.
"I want to thank the One Cebu party for joining me in this campaign. I want to thank Nerissa Soon Ruiz for running as my vice governor. I couldn't have worked with a more credible candidate than a person with your competence and track record. Thank you," he said.
"I want to thank my wife, my children, and my extended family in the Garcia, Paras, Fiel, and Alega clans for pitching in and for your continued support," he added.
"I want to thank my friends who have offered their support and professional advice in this campaign when it was most needed. I especially want to thank my campaign team who have been working endlessly these last few months. You were the backbone of the entire operation," he added.
He also vowed to continue to serve the Cebuanos. "Although I did not get the chance to fight for the Cebuano people over the next three years, I will continue to serve and do what I can to help the Cebuanos build a Cebu that we deserve."
Garcia also congratulated Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is leading the presidential race.
"We have won because we have an agent of change in the highest possible position in the government. Now, the Philippines has at the helm a leader that can unite the nation and deliver the change we need," Garcia said.
"Mga Sugboanon, miabot na ang kausaban, ug magsugod kini sa atong kaugalingon. Nagpabilin kitang magmalaomon alang sa atong lalawigan sa Sugbo ug sa atong nasod. Daghan kaayong salamat sa tanan nga mituo ug misuporta sa atong kawsa!" he added. (Sunnex)