TO­MAS-MARY ANN TAN­DEM.

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram RE­PORTER

Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña raises the hand of Coun­cilor Mary Ann De­los San­tos dur­ing Satur­day’s sor­tie at the Lahug El­e­men­tary School gym. De­los San­tos is Os­mena’s run­ning mate in next year’s election.

It’s of­fi­cial. Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña will be team­ing up with Coun­cilor Mary Ann De­los San­tos in next year’s midterm elec­tions.

Os­meña made this an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day dur­ing a sor­tie at the Lahug El­e­men­tary School gym.

On the same oc­ca­sion, the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive who will again seek City Hall’s top post, also un­vieled the ad­min­is­tra­tion bloc Bando Os­meña Pun­dok Kauswa­gan’s (BOPK) com­plete slate for the May 2019 polls.

De­los San­tos was first af­fil­i­ated with the op­po­si­tion Team Rama (now Barug-PDP La­ban) and was one of the mayor’s most vo­cal crit­ics then.

She jumped ship in 2015 shortly af­ter she re­signed as the mi­nor­ity floor leader in the city coun­cil back then.

BOPK’s slate for next year’s polls will in­clude a pos­si­ble come­back for some old faces in the Cebu City Hall.

They in­clude for­mer coun­cilors Leah Jap­son, Nestor Archival and Alvin Di­zon for Cebu City’s North dis­trict; Roberto Cabar­ru­bias, Raul Al­coseba and Ren­gelle Pe­layo, who used to be Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, for the South dis­trict.

New faces will also be join­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion group in­clud­ing Barangay Cap­tains Michael Ga­casan (Guadalupe), lawyer Kirk Bryan Re­pollo ( I nayawan); lawyer Amay Abella, who is now head of the city’s Hu­man Re­source and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice; and Dr. Marlo Maamo, head of the city’s Long Life Pro­gram.

Mean­while, ad­min­is­tra­tion re­elec­tion­ists in­clude Rep. Raul Del Mar, Coun­cilors Sisinio An­dales, Alvin Ar­cilla, Joy Au­gus­tus Young, and Jerry Guardo for the North; Rep. Ro­drigo ‘Be­bot’ Abel­lanosa and Coun­cilors Dave Tu­mu­lak, and Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. for the South.

Os­meña gath­ered party mates and sup­port­ers yes­ter­day for an early morn­ing Thanks­giv­ing Mass at the Lahug El­e­men­tary School gym be­fore he for­mally an­nounced the mem­bers of his slate.

Can­di­dates un­der BOPK are ex­pected to file their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COCs) this Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

Leav­ing LP

Mean­while, Os­meña also an­nounced that BOPK is no longer af­fil­i­ated with the Lib­eral Party (LP).

He said that they have pledged al­le­giance to the La­ban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) party of Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara.

“(We chose LDP) be­cause LDP is very neu­tral,” Os­meña said when asked why they de­cided to bolt the LP.

He added that an­other rea­son why BOPK de­cided to leave LP, which was the rul­ing party dur­ing the term of for­mer Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III, was be­cause the na­tional party al­legedly junked his older brother, for­mer Sen­a­tor Ser­gio ‘ Serge’ Os­meña III, dur­ing the May 2016 Se­na­to­rial race.

Os­meña how­ever, clar­i­fied that al­though they dumped LP, he re­mains com­mit­ted to Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo.

“I’m not com­mit­ted to the Lib­eral Party. I’m com­mit­ted to Leni Ro­bredo now,” Os­meña clar­i­fied.

When asked if their al­liance with LDP also meant that they will be en­dors­ing the lat­ter’s se­na­to­rial bets, Os­meña said that as of now, they can only throw their sup­port be­hind An­gara.

“Only An­gara for sure. (Be­cause) he is the Pres­i­dent (of LDP),” he ex­plained in a fol­low-up mes­sage sent to CEBU DAILY NEWS.

CDN PHOTO/ LITO TECSON

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

CEBU City Mayor To­mas Os­meña shakes the hand of a sup­porter at the Lahug El­e­men­tary School where he an­nounced his team-up with Coun­cilor Mary Ann de­los San­tos in next year’s elec­tions.

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