Official seal of City of Cebu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The elections are just 77 days away and many people do not know yet who are the official candidates for the local posts in Cebu City. Here is a list of candidates running for elective posts in the city in this coming elections:
Both the ruling Liberal Party and opposition United Nationalist Alliance carry a full slate for May 2013 elections. Will the Bando Osmena Pundok Kausawagan (BOPK) magic still rule the city? For the last few elections, former Mayor Tomas Osmena has led his party to a clean sweep. Incumbent mayor Mike Rama will try to break the winning streak of BOPK. It is ironic to see that Rama being a long-time BOPK stalwart is now leading the campaign against his kingmaker in the 2010 elections. The 2013 elections in Cebu City will probably be one of the most heated and widely covered in the country. It would be very important for voters to start making their lists on who to vote for.
There will also be interesting election battles for congressional spots. Long-time Cebu City North District Congressman Raul del Mar will come out from his 3-year hiatus to face the very emotional and popular Cebuana talent manager Annabelle Rama. Del Mar is allied with Noy-noy Aquino’s Liberal Party while Rama is with her cousin’s line-up in UNA. There will be clear contrast in campaign styles as del Mar is known for low-key approach while Rama is expected to bring stars from Manila to help her woo the Cebuano voters. For the South district, there will definitely be a first-time congressman as former councilor Bebot Abellanosa faces off with Atty. Aristotle Batuhan.
Today the residents of Barangay Guadalupe will vote on the proposed creation of Barangay Banawa-Englis. The registered voters of Gaudalupe will just just choose Yes or No on their ballots. A “YES” vote means that they are in favor of splitting Cebu City‘s largest barangay into 2. While a “NO” vote means that they want to retain the status quo.
Voting will start at 7 am and polls will close at 3 in the afternoon. Results are expected to come out by 9 in the evening. If the YES votes prevail, Brangay Banawa-Englis will be the city’s 81st Barangay.
Barangay Guadalupe has a population of 47,000 and it is estimated that around 23,000 live in the Banawa-Englis area. The incumbent Barangay captain is Michael Gacasan. A YES victory in the plebiscite will create the new barangay but it will still be under the governance of Guadalupe until a special elections will be conducted by the COMELEC to elect the first ever set of officials of Barangay Banawa-Englis.
The holding of plebiscite today receive a stiff opposition from residents of Labangon headed by Labangon Barangay captain Victor Buendia. Buendia wants the Supreme Court to nullify the results should “YES” win because his barangay is not given a say on the matter as it also affects 13 sitios of Labangon. Buendia’s opposition got into the nerves of former Congressman Antonio Cuneco who authored the bill creating the new barangay. Cuenco is reportedly asking the courts to remove Buendia from his position as he is not a resident of Labangon since his house is within the boundaries of Guadalupe.
The vote might not affect much the lives of ordinary citizens outside Banawa-Englis but it is important for Guadalupe residents to get out and vote today to have at least have a say on the issue. Some pundits consider this plebiscite as preview of the May 2013 elections as Mayor Mike Rama and ex-Congressman Antonio Cuenco are vocal supporters of the split. By tomorrow, the people of Cebu will know if the dream of some residents in Banawa-Englis to have their own barangay will become a reality.
In the May 2010 elections, Tomas Osmeña was up against Jonathan “Atan” Guardo for the congressional seat of the Cebu City-South district. Osmeña won via landslide along with the whole Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) lineup. In 2007, Guardo lost to BOPK’s Antonio Cuenco for the same congressional seat. Will Guardo be against Tomas in 2013?
Not likely! Last night, Atan announce his support for Osmeña’s in the 2013 elections during the joint birthday party of the Congressman and his wife Councilor Margot Osmeña held at the SM Cebu Trade Hall. Guardo made his announcement in front of many BOPK members and prominent political figures like Saranggani Representative and People’s Champ Manny Pacquaio, Senators Chiz Escudero and Jinggoy Estrada and Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas. He said in his speech that his birthday gift to his former opponent was his all-out support for his mayoralty bid in 2013. He also gave the congressman a cake with the message “Type O nata!”. Guardo has not announced his political plans for the coming elections.
Tomorrow, June 30 is the last for employers to avail of the Pag-Ibig penalty condonation program. The program is for employers who failed to submit their employees’ membership contributions, and housing loan delinquent borrowers. The Pag-Ibig office in Cebu will open from 8 am to 5pm to accommodate employers and employees who wish to avail of the program to avoid penalties, foreclosures, or lawsuits.
For further inquiries, you may visit the Pag-IBIG Cebu Office at the WT Corporate Tower, Mindanao Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City or contact the numbers 234-2709, 231-5570 or 415-5087 for delinquent housing borrowers and 415-5002 or 415-5003 for erring employers.
Cebu City – Famous Cebuana talent Manager Annabelle Rama flew home to Cebu yesterday with husband Eddie Gutierrez, son Elvis and grandchildren Lorin at Venice. It was not for a vacation or family visit. Her main purpose of the visit to her home city is to file charges against Nadia Montenegro, Amalia Fuentes, and showbiz reporter reporter Chito Alcid. She filed several counts of libel against three for allegedly posting libelous statements in social networking sites. She was accompanied by her lawyer Delon Richel Ramon Urot, her brother Basak San Nicolas barangay captain George Rama, and other family members and supporters, when she filed the cases at the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.
In her interview, she also mentioned that she is bent on running in the coming May 2013 elections for the house seat of the Cebu City North District. She is a cousin of the incumbent City mayor Michael Rama who are out odds with South District Congressman Tomas Osmeña. The north district seat is currently held by Cutie Del Mar. The del Mars have long held the post and the family are staunch allies of Osmeña.
Here is a youtube video of her interview with the local media in Cebu:
A new ordinance has been approved by the Cebu City council banning corporal punishment on children. The ordinance written by Councilors Lea Japson, Alvin Dizon, Margarita Osmeña and John Philip Po II, aims to promote positive and non-violent ways of disciplining children. If MayorMike Rama signs the ordinance into, actions like slapping a child in the buttocks, beating them with a cane or shoe, or making children kneel on salt or mung beans could lead to a 5,000 peso fine or a jail term not more than 6 months or both. The ordinance covers parents, guardians, and teachers.
Parents or teachers who are used to disciplining children by pinching ears or by verbally abusing them cannot do it in Cebu City anymore. Councilor Jose Daluz III wanted parents to be exempted from the ordinance but his objection did not prevent the majority from passing the said ordinance. It is now up to the mayor if he will adopt the measure.
After a traffic impact study, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has approved the construction of the flyover in the intersection of General Maxilom and M.J. Cuenco Avenues. The DPWH also deferred the implementation of the controversial Gorordo Avenue flyover.
Based on the study, there 95,805 vehicles that pass by the Gen. Maxilom intersection with an average waiting time of 6.69 minutes in the morning and 4.9 minutes in the afternoon. With a flyover, the waiting time will be reduced by over 70% to just 1.92 minutes in the morning and 1.16 minutes in the afternoon. The substantial reduction of waiting time was the bases for the approval. The Level of Service analysis approach was used to evaluate the project’s viability. The DPWH also recommended that road widening should fist be implemented before any flyover is constructed in the area.
The Gorordo Avenue proposed flyover was deferred because the project offers only a 12.5% improvement of waiting time in the morning and a negligible .97% improvement in the afternoon. The public works department want the city to consider other solutions like an underpass which will bring a 91.4% and 83.3% improvement in the morning and afternoon waiting period. The underpass will probably cost twice as much as a flyover.
Twety-two houses were gutted in a fire Upper Lusimba, Barangay Poblacion-Pardo, Cebu City yesterday morning. The fire 3 fatalities and several injuries. The fatalities were identifies as Rosalie Taganacao (36), Raphael James Taganacao (6) and 75 year old Esperenza Aberion. The estimated damage was P300,000 and the cause of fire is still to be determined. There were also several problems noted like lack of water, brake malfunction of a fire truck, and narrow roads that hampered the operations of the firemen although the fire as declared under control just 8 minutes after the fire alarm at 9:58 a.m. The fire was the eight incident that struck Cebu in 6 days.
Summary of the recent fires in Cebu
For this month alone, over 200 houses have been gutted by fire and thousands of residents are left homeless. People are advised to be more careful and vigilant against in the summer months.
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