The Emergency Rescue Unit Foundatio (ERUF) lost one of its pioneers as Dr. Herminio Cortes died due to cardio-respiratory arrest at the Chong Hua Hospital morning yesterday. The 66 year old is ERUF’s operations and training director. According to his cardiologist, Dr. Pek Eng Lim, Herminio Cortes was hospitalized for almost month after suffering a mild heart attack.
Cortes was the eldest son of the late former mayor of Mandaue City Demetrio Cortes and the brother of incumbent Mayor Jonas Cortes. Mayor Demetrio Cortes founded the Mandaue Emergency Rescue Unit (Meru) in 1977 and the MERU members formed ERUF in 1986. ERUF has served Cebu for over 26 years and it has received countless of awards and recognition for outstanding service.
Dr. Cortes (Third from Left) with the ERUF pioneers and family representatives during the 25th anniversary of ERUF in September 2011
The Filipino Liberal Party has produced four presidents since it was founded in 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Provincial Board Member Thadeo Ouano has formally informed Governor Gwendolyn Garcia about his move to the ruling Liberal Party. His affiliation to President Aquino’s party signaled the start of a super coalition in Mandaue. PB Ouano will now be allied to Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes and Congressman Luigi Quisumbing. His daughter Mandaue City Councilor Emmarie “Lollipop” Ouano-Dizon joined LP earlier this year.
The Liberal Party now practically controls the 6th district and the new development will give the gubernatorial slate of Hilario Davide III and Vice-governor Agnes Magpale a strong organizational advantage in the vote rich district. The One Cebu Party has not yet announced who will lead their local slate in the area next year.
PB Thadeo Ouano said he will still be supporting the senate aspirations of the governor, who has been his ally for many years. His main reason of moving to Liberal Party is to keep his family united as his daughter is part of LP and his father longtime mayor Alfredo Ouano wanted him to move to LP.
English: Map of Cebu showing the location of Mandaue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It looks like that there will be a super united Mandaue in the May 2013 elections. Current Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes added the candidate he defeated in the May 2010 elections as a possible ally in the next elections. Mayor Cortes had forged an alliance with the Ouanos a few months back and he set to run unopposed in next year’s polls.
Former Cebu 6th district Representative Nerissa Soon-Ruiz has been hired by the mayor to help implement the city’s health program called “I Care Program”. The programs aims to improve the public health program to the barangay level with a special focus on child care. If Ruiz accepts the appointment she will receive P18,000 a month.
Dr. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is a Certified Family Physician and has a masteral degree in Public Health from UP Cebu.
After its very surprising campaign in the recent conference of the Liga Pilipinas, the Mandaue-RDAK/Cebu Landmasters basketball squad might be skipping a conference due to some issues. They were quite dominant in the elimination phase and the team even won 3 leg titles. The team finished as No.1 going into the season-ending Super Leg. They were surprised that the Super Leg is held in Cagayan de Oro City thereby giving the MirOr Meteors some sort off a home court advantage. MisOr eventually won the conference title by beating the Cebu Niños in the finals. Mandaue settled for 4th. Newspapers reported that Mayor Jonas Cortes was mad because Mandaue was not given the right to host the Super Leg owing to the fact that they were the top team. The mayor so far has not committed to support the team in the next conference.
Sportsmen are quiet passionate when it comes to their sport. Winning is very important and people try to get as much as advantage when competing. Home court advantage has a big effect and people cannot discount its a factor towards winning. I feel for the mayor and I know that Mandaue will be a big loss to the league should they decide to quit. For years, Liga Pilipinas was only dominated by Cebu Niños and Misamis Oriental Meteors. Many teams joined and then disbanded after one conference. A lot of teams are not putting up squads that will contend with the big boys until this year when Mandaue formed a formidable team. For the sake of the league, I would like to call on its leadership especially Noli Eala that they will convince the management of the Mandaue team to support the fledging league.