LP visits 3rd district; Garcia meets townfolk

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

THE Liberal Party’s campaign caravan reached the third district in Cebu Province yesterday and stayed overnight in the southwestern town of Pinamungajan.

Headed by LP Cebu gubernatorial bet Hilario “Junjun” Davide III and his runningmate, Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale, the caravan passed through Medellin, Daanbantayan, San Remegio and Tabuelan in the fourth district, before proceeding to Tuburan, Balamban, Asturias, Pinamungajan and Toledo City in the third district.

One Cebu’s gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia (Cebu, third district), on the other hand, met residents in Moalboal town yesterday.


Garcia’s runningmate, Ramon “Buboy” Durano IV, has not yet joined the campaign after reportedly suffering a mild stroke. Durano will be running against Magpale, his father’s cousin (not sister as earlier reported).

Garcia was joined by his father, Deputy House Speaker Pablo Garcia (Cebu, second district), in Moalboal, whose 15 barangay captains pledged support to One Cebu.

In Tuburan, Mayor Democrito Diamante organized a motorcade participated in by 32 dumptrucks, 47 cars, 39 multicabs, 66 tricycles and 1,335 motorcycles to support the LP caravan. Diamante said the vehicles were privately owned by persons and firms that offered them to be used in the motorcade.

Tuburan rally

Davide and Magpale proclaimed Diamante as LP’s mayoral bet with his brother Danny as runningmate. LP estimated the Tuburan crowd during the proclamation rally to be around 10,000.

Tuburan is one of the LP bailiwick, Davide said.

“With the caravan this time, we feel the warm welcome of the people in every town we passed by,” Davide said.

Ethel Natera, LP-Cebu coordinator, said LP senatorial aspirant Ramon Magsaysay Jr. joined the rally in Tuburan.

In Pinamungajan, LP proclaimed Mayor Geraldine Yapha its candidate for the third congressional district seat and businesswoman Gigi Sanchez-Zaballero as the district’s representative to the Provincial Board.

Local bets

Local councilors were also proclaimed during the LP event.

Yapha will be running against Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who was suspended for six months by Malacañang.

Today, the LP is expected move to Santander in the second district. The fourth and last day of the caravan will be in Talisay City.

Apart from visiting barangays in Moalboal, Pablo John and father Pablo—accompanied by Mayor Inocentes Cabaron—also met barangay health workers (BHW) and women’s groups.

BHWs in Moalboal vowed to support One Cebu candidates in the May 13 elections.

Deputy Speaker Garcia, who is seeking reelection, told BHWs that he intends to propose a Magna Carta for BHWs who, he said, made many contributions to the wellbeing of Cebuanos.

Asked how his campaign is going, Pablo John said: “It’s going very well.”

Pablo John and Deputy Speaker Garcia will lead the One Cebu group’s visit in the town of Malabuyoc today.

One Cebu candidates were also in northern Cebu on Monday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 03, 2013.

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