By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
THE Provincial Information Office yesterday prematurely announced that Councilor Nadya Elipe would replace her father, the late former mayor Vicente Emano, only to take it back and owned up to its mistake.
The capitol’s information office also admitted to helping spreading a Facebook post via the Padayon Pilipino page that stated that Elipe would run for vice mayor as a substitute candidate, a day after her father died of pneumonia at the Capitol University Medical City.
As of 3 pm, the post had 798 likes, over 75 comments, and 920 shares.
Florito “Carlo” Dugaduga said the Padayon Pilipino has not made an official announcement about the elder Emano’s replacement at presstime.
The post quickly went viral. But at 11 am, about an hour it was posted PIO staff member Martesha Mae Veloso sent messages to reporters to explain that it was a result of a misunderstanding.
Dugaduga said the instruction was “panawagan ra unta nga si Nadya Emano ang ipuli kang Mayor Dongkoy,” pointing out that there was no confirmation yet as to who would replace the late former mayor.
The post was edited to read: “Tungod sa pagtaliwan ni kanhi Mayor Dongkoy Emano, atong panawagan nga ang muhulip kaniya mao ang iyang anak nga si Nadya Emano Elipe isip kandidato sa pagka bise-mayor sa syudad sa Cagayan de Oro. Atong panawagan nga si Nadya Emano Elipe isip pagka bise-mayor sa Cagayan de Oro.”
But the PIO also made a mistake in its RPN-DxKO broadcast. Rejian Maygay, another PIO staff member who hosts the capitol’s Lambo program, prematurely announced that it was final that Elipe would be the substitute candidate. Maygay would later correct himself.
On Tuesday, the day Emano died, Dugaduga said the Padayon Pilipino would meet and agree on who should replace the late former mayor.
“So far, ang Padayon Pilipino wala pay plano pero most likely, naay mahitabo nga panagtigom para usab matubag ang politikanhong aspeto kung kinsa ang muhulip sa amahan sa Padayon Pilipino,” said Dugaduga.