Cortes ties up with Ouanos for ’19 polls

MAN­DAUE CITY

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

Two big po­lit­i­cal fam­i­lies in Man­daue — the Cortes and Ouano fam­i­lies — have joined forces for the 2019 midterm elec­tions.

This de­vel­oped af­ter Rep. Jonas Cortes (Cebu 6th district) an­nounced on Thurs­day his bid to run as mayor of Man­daue City in the 2019 elec­tions.

Cortes­said­he­was­form­ing an al­liance with the Ouanos un­der their party, Kaabag Anak sa Man­daue, be­cause he was taught by his fa­ther (the late former Mayor Demetrio “Boy” Cortes) not to burn bridges be­cause you would never know when you would need help.

Cortes was re­fer­ring to the time when his fam­ily and the Ouanos were po­lit­i­cally at odds for sev­eral years.

Rep. Cortes in a press brief­ing on Thurs­day said that Em­marie “Lol­lipop” Ouano-Di­zon would be the party’s can­di­date for the 6th district rep­re­sen­ta­tive post.

Ouano-Di­zon is the daugh­ter of the late former Man­daue Mayor Thadeo “Teddy” Ouano.

Rep. Cortes comes from a fam­ily of politi­cians with his fa­ther, Demetrio “Boy” Cortes serv­ing as Man­daue City Mayor for 26 years (1960 to 1986). Rep. Cortes’ the late Demetrio Jr., was a vice mayor and a city coun­cilor of the city.

In1988,Al­fredo“Pe­dong” Ouano won over “Boy” Cortes, and served as mayor for 19 years. His son Thadeo “Teddy” Ouano took over as mayor from 1998 un­til his last term in 2007.

That year, Jonas Cortes ran and de­feated Teddy’s son, Thadeo “Jonkie” Ouano for the mayor’s post. Cortes served for three terms and ran and won as 6th district con­gress­man in 2016.

Cortes will be run­ning against, a former ally, the in­cum­bent Mayor Gabriel Luis “Luigi”, Quisumb­ing.

Cortes’ coun­cilors un­der his slate in­clude: Nerissa Soon - Ruiz, Cyn­thia Cinco - Reme­dio, Ma­line Cortes - Zafra, Mal­colm Sanchez, Carmelino del Mar, Joel Seno, Ce­sar Cabahug, Jimmy Luma­pas, An­dreo In­calina and Jun Ar­cilla.

Glenn Soco, chair­man of the In­fras­truc­ture De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of Re­gion­alDevel­op­men­tCoun­cil (RDC - 7), and Jonkie Ouano will be Cortes’ group’s Board Mem­bers in Cebu prov­ince.

Mem­bers of Cortes’ slate will be fil­ing their Cer­tifi­cates of Can­di­dacy (COCs) on Mon­day.

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