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Saturday, January 11, 2014

AS OF 9 last night, with 209 votes counted of the 525 votes cast, Kamputhaw Councilman Raymond Garcia led with 135 votes to Kasambagan Councilman Franklyn Ong’s 74 votes.

These were the partial, official results of the canvassing of the elections for Barangay Councilors’ League of the Philippines (BCLP) officers and board of directors at the White Gold House.

Team Rama supported Garcia’s slate and all of his 16 candidates are leading the contest. Most ballots read voted straight.
Ong is the outgoing BCLP Cebu City and national president.


Garcia, who is the legal counsel of Sun.Star Publishing Inc., had said he didn’t want to seek a BCLP national post.

Garcia has a five-point program he intends to implement if he wins.

‘Proxy war’

He wants to give additional incentives to barangay councilors. As of now, the City gives councilmen P3,000 as monthly allowance.

He also wants to provide free legal assistance to barangay councilors who face cases in line of their duty.

His administration also wants to pen a memorandum of agreement with private hospitals so the City Government’s City Hospitalization and Medicines Program can be used in private institutions.

His fourth program is related to that since Garcia intends to make the barangay identification card also serve as a health card.

His fifth program is the publication of a quarterly newsletter.

Yesterday’s exercise would be the final contest between Team Rama and the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) even when Tejero Councilman Garry Lao declared, “This is not a proxy election.”

Busay Councilman Eliodoro Sanchez believes “it’s a proxy war.”

They were talking about the rivalry between Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and former mayor and congressman Tomas Osmeña.

Rama defeated Osmeña in last year’s mayoral election, but the latter had 12 councilors in the City Council compared to Rama’s four.

Last Dec. 18, Tisay Barangay Captain Philip Zafra, a Rama ally, became the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC).

Zafra now sits as an ex-officio member of the council.

DILG Cebu City, which chairs the election committee, was very strict with yesterday’s voting process.

Other members of the committee were Cebu City North District Election Officer Marchel Sarno, a representative from the Department of Education Cebu City and a representative each from Ong’s and Garcia’s group.

Off limits

Only BCLP members and the media were allowed inside the voting venue.

BOPK and Team Rama councilors, Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City, south district), Osmeña and ABC’s Zafra stayed either on the ground floor or right outside the closed voting center.

“Please be advised that this area is strictly for Cebu City barangay councilors and secretariat only. Guests will be welcomed during the canvassing only,” read an advisory outside the venue.

Barangay Ermita councilors were allowed to vote first because they had to deal with the fire that struck the barangay yesterday morning.

Voting began at 2:22 p.m., just after the candidates for BCLP president and executive vice president were allowed to deliver a short message.

Team Rama also swept the ABC elections last Dec. 18.

For the BCLP, Garcia earlier admitted that his slate went to each barangay at least three times to shake hands with officials.

While 525 ballots were counted, record stated that 526 barangay councilors actually voted. There are currently 559 BCLP members.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 12, 2014.

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