By Loui Maliza
Padayon Pilipino .
SINCE the mid-’80s, the Padayon Pilipino has become the leading political party that has propelled progress in Misamis Oriental for last four decades.
Organized in 1986, the Padayon Pilipino has since then became the political trailblazer of all aspiring politicians in the province of Misamis Oriental and the city of Cagayan De Oro.
In fact, the Padayon Pilipino political party has influenced the lives of almost all successful politicians in the province and cities of Misamis Oriental.
A political audit on past and incumbent elected public officials disclosed that their “political roots” were directly and indirectly influenced by the Padayon Pilipino political party.
On many occasions, the Padayon Pilipino candidates made a clean sweep in any local elections in the past. No, thanks to the sterling administration of Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, the honcho of the Padayon Pilipino, who led the political party to victory in all crucial election battles.
Dongkoy Emano served as governor of Misamis Oriental and mayor of Cagayan de Oro. Referred to as the “kingpin” in local politics, Dongkoy influenced the fate of past and present politicians who won and gained a seat in various elective positions in the local and national level.
Today, the Padayon Pilipino’s stoic political tradition and spirit continue to move forward albeit with a new blood of the leaders.
The Padayon Pilipino’s baton was handed over to incumbent provincial Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, the only son and heir apparent of Dongkoy Emano.
Tempered by the counsel of the passing time, Bambi was raised and grown in the political battlefield in his early years. Politically battle-scarred, Bambi has lived in the tradition of the Padayon Pilipino as a pro-poor and compassionate leader of the less fortunate.
It is on the basis of personal integrity and sincerity to serve the constituents that the selection of the candidate under the Padayon Pilipino political party becomes tedious and demanding.
In the scheduled mid-term election in May, this year, the Padayon Pilipino sees to it that its candidates must pass the standard set by the political party.
All candidates under the Padayon Pilipino political party in Misamis Oriental were decided through a “collective” approval by the party members.
Here are the lists of Padayon Pilipino candidates in Misamis Oriental. For governor – “Bambi” Emano, Vice Governor “Prexy” Elipe, Congressman (first district) – Christian Unabia, Congressman (second district) “Benjo” Benaldo.
For the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (first district): Win Militante, Ken Uyguangco. Second District: Pangky Acain, Saysay Emano, Nancy Madjos, Boboy Sabal, and Dexter Yasay.
Padayon Pilipino mayoral candidates in the municipal towns of Misamis Oriental: Alubijid – Pipip Akut, Vice Mayor – Jojo Durog, Balingasag – Alexis Quina, Vice Mayor – Alvin Suazo, Balingoan – Mayor (none), Vice Mayor Bella Veja Ongcachuy-Dilla, Binuangan – Mayor and Vice Mayor (none), Claveria – Oning Milano, Vice Mayor – Samuel Compra, Gitagum – Mayor Dodong Orquillas, Vice Mayor – Rud Damasing, Initao- Mayor Gogoy Acain, Vice Mayor – Bembem Sayre, Jasaan- Mayor Red Jardin, Vice Mayor- Juan Po, Kinoguitan- Abing Agcopra, Vice Mayor- Tomas Zarate, Lagonglong- Mauor-Jap Puertas, Vice Mayor- Marita Ramonal, Laguindingan – Mayor Oliver Ubaub, Vice Mayor – Aweng Bagas, Libertad- Mayor Keith Jagus, Vice Mayor – Jed Sayre, Lugait- Mayor Bebot Perez, Vice Mayor- Loloy Lim, Magsaysay – Mayor-Theresa Gacus, Vice Mayor – Greg Ocot, Manticao – Mayor Antonio Baculio, Vice Mayor – Stephen Tan, Medina- Mayor Ayek Balat, Vice Mayor-Vince Pabellore, Naawan- Mayor Dennis Roa, Vice Mayor – Jaime Roa, Opol-Mayor Nidz Villanosa, Vice Mayor Nel Tilos, Salay (none), Sugbongcogon, (none), Tagoloan – Mayor Manok Emano, Vice Mayor – Robinson Sabio, Talisayan- Mayor Rommel Maslog, Vice Mayor Josefina Omondang, and Villanueva – Mayor Rey Abrea, Vice Mayor Dondon Yrat.
The province and the people of Misamis Oriental need the election of the Padayon Pilipino candidates in the mid-term local election in order that progress and development will continue unhampered in the years to come.
(Loui Maliza is a staff member at the capitol’s press office.)