Cebu mayor denies he would be Cayetano’s running mate-A A +A
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CEBU CITY - Mayor Michael Rama has denied reports that Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is courting him to run for a national post.
During his regular news conference Monday, the mayor said he was shocked when someone asked him if Cayetano had considered him to be the latter’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.
The senator, too, denied discussing his political plan with Rama.
Cayetano, though, admitted that after making his presidential ambition known, he started courting several local politicians to establish relationships.
“We haven’t discussed anything national and I did not ask him (Rama) for any commitment. To be fair with Mayor Rama, he, as of the moment, is really concentrated on the problems of the City,” Cayetano told reporters.
He said he also formally asked Rama to allow him to implement some of his programs and projects in the city.
The senator recently visited fire victims in Barangay Lorega where he sponsored a medical mission, distributed financial aid and promised to give the community grants for their livelihood. He said he wants to be a part in developing the area.
He also donated funds for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center and assured the City Government that he would bring in more assistance from the national government.
Rama also confirmed that he allowed the senator to implement some of the latter’s programs in the city.
“I don’t own the city. Let the free political market of ideas also be around,” the mayor added.
Asked if Cayetano had asked him for political help, Rama said nothing has transpired even though Cayetano, who ran under the Liberal Party, received an endorsement and support from Team Rama in the last election.
Rama reiterated his stand that he still supports Vice President Jejomar Binay after he ran under the latter’s camp in 2013.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 29, 2014.