Pajo brgy cap­tain to run for mayor

MIDTERM POLLS: LAPU-LAPU CITY

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jessa Mae O. Sotto COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pajo Barangay Cap­tain Ju­nard “Ahong” Chan is mak­ing a run for the Lapu-Lapu City’s mayor’s seat in the 2019 election, hop­ing to bring his brand of lead­er­ship to City Hall and loosen the Radazas’ 18-year grip of the city govern­ment’s top post.

Chan, a two-term vil­lage chief in Barangay Pajo, said in a phone in­ter­view on Satur­day that he had done a lot of con­sul­ta­tions with the Oponganons be­fore de­cid­ing to run for the city mayor’s post.

“We con­sulted the peo­ple in ev­ery barangay if I am wor­thy to stand be­fore them. We have seen their de­sire for a change of city govern­ment lead­er­ship,” he said in Ce­buano.

Chan will run un­der the Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–La­ban) af­ter Sec­re­tary Adelino Si­toy, Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on Leg­isla- tive Af­fairs, ear­lier de­clared Chan as the PDP-La­ban’s stan­dard bearer in the city.

Chan said his run­ning mate or his can­di­date for vice mayor would be Cele­do­nio “Celsi” Si­toy and his can­di­date for the con­gres­sional seat would be for­mer coun­cilor and lawyer Eu­gene Es­pe­dido.

He said Cele­do­nio Si­toy, a for­mer Cor­dova mayor and the brother of Adelino, is a prac­tic­ing physi­cian and had been re­sid­ing in Barangay Gun-ob in La­puLapu City.

He said Si­toy and Es­pe­dido were cho­sen by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to run un­der PDP-La­ban.

“The qual­i­fi­ca­tion for these can­di­dates is they had not been in­volved in cor­rup­tion and il­le­gal drugs. That’s the qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Since the two of them are qual­i­fied, then that is the de­ci­sion of the party of the Pres­i­dent,” Chan said in Ce­buano.

Chan, how­ever, said that he would an­nounce on Mon­day his fi­nal slate and the sched­ule of the fil­ing of their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy.

Mayor Radaza’s plan

Mean­while, in­cum­bent Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, who is on her last term as mayor, is seek­ing a seat in Congress.

Radaza, who is from the PDP-La­ban, ear­lier an­nounced forg­ing ties with Lakas-Chris­tian Mus­lim Democrats (Lakas-CMD).

She, how­ever, had not an­nounced yet who would be her party’s can­di­date for mayor.

She also did not con­firm re­ports that her hus­band, for­mer Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Ar­turo Radaza, would run for the po­si­tion.

CDN PHOTO/CHRIS­TIAN MANINGO

The for­mer Pro­greso Street in Barangay Er­mita is re­named Jose Leyson, the name of a for­mer Ce­buano gov­er­nor, who was killed dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion in World War II.

CHAN

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