Gwen for gov­er­nor in 2019?

Po­lit­i­cal al­lies and friends were among the well-wish­ers of Deputy House Speaker Gwen­dolyn Garcia on the oc­ca­sion of her 62nd birth­day cel­e­bra­tion at the Grand Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Thurs­day night.

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Those in at­ten­dance were Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Toledo City Mayor Sonny Os­meña, Fourth Dis­trict Rep. Ben­hur Sal­im­ban­gon, PB Mem­ber Sun Shimura, and of­fi­cials from the third con­gres­sional dis­trict of Cebu.

The so­cial gath­er­ing, how­ever, was laced with pol­i­tics when some of Gwen’s friends tossed up the idea of her seek­ing the gov­er­nor­ship in 2019.

Sal­im­ban­gon said the ex­em­plary per­for­mance of Gwen in the House has gained her the re­spect of their col­leagues that make her el­i­gi­ble to run for higher of­fice. Sal­im­ban­gon said Gwen can run ei­ther for sen­a­tor or gov­er­nor. She can also seek re-elec­tion.

“But Gwen, you are very much needed in the Prov­ince of Cebu. The Ce­buanos are long­ing for you. I can hear them, I can feel them. They are ask­ing where is gov­er­nor Gwen,” Sal­im­ban­gon said.

Gwen, who was gov­er­nor of Cebu for three con­sec­u­tive terms be­fore her elec­tion to Congress, also said she only wants what is best for Cebu. But, she re­fused to an­swer whether when asked of her po­lit­i­cal plans.

She in­stead vowed to “make Cebu great” and pro­tect from peo­ple who she de­scribed as “ar­ro­gant bully who be­lieves he owns Cebu.”

Although she did not men­tion name, but she said she was re­fer­ring to her and Dino’s com­mon “best friend.”

“I think when he sees us, mura mosamot og kalisud ang iyang kahim­tang," Gwen said.

She was ob­vi­ously re­fer­ring to Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña who is at odds with her and Dino.

"We, to­gether with our con­certed ef­forts, we will make Cebu great," she added.


Deputy Speaker Gwen­dolyn Garcia and Toledo City Mayor Sonny Os­meña share light mo­ments dur­ing the con­gress­woman’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

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