By NITZ ARANCON
LOSING mayoral candidate Felix Borres yesterday gave his rival Benjamin Tiu Contreras this unsolicited advice: enough of the sourgraping and just prepare for 2022.
Borres called on Contreras to accept his defeat the way he has done rather than blame voters for the rejection.
Contreras earlier criticized Cagayan de Oro voters for rejecting his offer of “honest governance” even as he accused those who did not vote for him of selling their votes.
“Magpoyo lang siya (Contreras) kay mapilde gyud siya kay wala may iyang agi,” said Borres, repeating his pronouncement during the last Lihuk 2019 forum organized at Xavier University’s Little Theater days before election day.
Borres advised: “Ang maayong buhaton ni Contreras nga mangandam sa iyang kaugalingon alang sa among subli nga paglansad sa pagka-mayor alang sa 2022 nga election. Dagan gihapon ta basta maayo lang atong lawas. Tutal og mapilde ko, numero ra man na.”
Borres, a perennial mayoral candidate, ranked third in May 13’s four-cornered mayoral race in the city that was dominated by Mayor Oscar Moreno who sought a third and last office term as local chief executive. Borres received 1,011 votes while Contreras ended up in the tail end with 1,000 of the 252,017 votes, over 60 percent of which were cast in favor of Moreno.
Borres said losing candidates like him should not feel sorry for their loss, and just laugh the experience off instead of looking for someone or something to blame.
“Nganong maguol man ko nga numero ra man na?” Borres said.
He also said he opted to keep mum for days after election day because his smartphone was flooded with messages from people who were mad at him because he told the Lihuk forum that if they didn’t want him, they might as well vote for Moreno.
“Grabing sukoa sa mga tawo, awas-awas gud ang akong cellphone sa kadaghan sa mga messages kay ngano kunong akong gisuportahan si Mayor Moreno,” he said.