Ong won’t run for VM in 2019 polls

Ex-of­fi­cio Cebu City Coun­cilor Franklyn Ong has no plans of run­ning for higher of­fice de­spite “clamor” from barangay cap­tains al­lied with the Bando Os­meña Pun­dok Kauswa­gan (BOPK).

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Man­daue City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumb­ing has promised to con­tinue sup­port­ing law en­force­ment agen­cies in their war against il­le­gal drugs.

“We will con­tinue to sup­port the police, PDEA (Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency in Cen­tral Visayas) and CIDG (Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group in Cen­tral Visayas) in their mis­sion to de­tect, in­ves­ti­gate and elim­i­nate the drug men­ace from our beloved city,” he said.

The mayor’s state­ment came af­ter the Police Re­gional Police in Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7) awarded the city gov­ern­ment with a plague of recog­ni­tion on Septem­ber 10.

“In grate­ful ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the in­valu­able ser­vices, sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion ex­tended to PRO-7 in the suc­cess­ful cam­paign against all forms of crim­i­nal­ity and in the main­te­nance of a fa­vor­able peace and or­der at­mos­phere in Cen­tral Visayas,” read the ci­ta­tion.

The award was handed over to Quisumb­ing by Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent De­bold Si­nas, PRO7 di­rec­tor, dur­ing the cul­mi­na­tion of the 24th Na­tional Crime Pre­ven­tion Week.

“This award comes at a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant here in Man­daue City as cer­tain forces, with the sup­port of narco-politi­cians, have been em­bold­ened by po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments to at­tempt to bring drugs back af­ter two suc­cess­ful years against the drug men­ace,” Quisumb­ing said.

“I am grate­ful to the PNP and Napol­com for this recog­ni­tion for our con­tri­bu­tion to the pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tive to stamp out crim­i­nal­ity, drugs, and narco-politics. More than the award, how­ever, I am most grate­ful for the gal­lantry and ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vice of our men and women in uni­form,” he added.

Aside from the mayor, the re­gional di­rec­tors from the Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion, and the PDEA-7 also re­ceived plaques of recog­ni­tion.

Ong, the Kasam­ba­gan vil­lage chief and As­so­ci­a­tion of Barangay Coun­cils (ABC)-Cebu City Chap­ter pres­i­dent, said he will not run for vice mayor in the 2019 midterm elec­tions.

“Dili lang, I want to do more things pa for the barangays. I just want to fo­cus as ABC pres­i­dent for now,” Ong told The FREEMAN.

Ong, an ally of BOPK, is still on his first term as ABC pres­i­dent. He was elected on July 30 this year.

Some barangay cap­tains re­port­edly want Ong to run for the city’s sec­ond high­est po­si­tion and be the run­ning mate of Mayor To­mas Os­meña, who heads BOPK.

“I heard some but I would not con­sider it as of­fi­cial,” he said.

Os­meña ear­lier said he wants Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak and Coun­cilor Mary Ann de­los San­tos as pos­si­ble vice may­oralty bets of the ad­min­is­tra­tion bloc.

Tu­mu­lak and de­los San­tos were for­mer al­lies of Team Rama (now Barug Team Rama- Par­tido Demokratiko PilipinoLakas ng Bayan) be­fore join­ing BOPK.

Tu­mu­lak cur­rently sits as chair­man of the com­mit­tee on pub­lic or­der and safety as well as deputy mayor for police mat­ters. De­los San­tos, on the other hand, is the chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee on health, hos­pi­tal ser­vices and san­i­ta­tion.

Coun­cilor Sisinio An­dales of BOPK said he has no idea yet as to who will be the mayor’s run­ning mate in next year’s elec­tions.

“Wala pako’y idea kinsa’y run­ning mate ni Mayor Tommy, but I am sure he is do­ing a sur­vey se­cretly,” he told The FREEMAN.

“Publicly, I will not re­veal yet and I do not want to pre-empt Tommy’s run­ning mate. Any­way, layo pa ang fil­ing sa Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy (COC),” he added.

Coun­cilor Joy Au­gus­tus Young said BOPK mem­bers are yet to dis­cuss about it.

For Barug Team Rama PDP La­ban), in­cum­bent Vice Mayor Edgardo La­bella will run against Os­meña in the com­ing polls. For­mer city mayor Michael Rama, on the other hand, will be La­bella’s run­ning mate.

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