By LITO RULONA
and SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vicente Emano has revealed plans by the Padayon Pilipino to field Gingoog Vice Mayor Peter Unabia Padayon Pilipino’s candidate for Misamis Oriental’s top post in the 2022 elections.
Along with Unabia, the Padayon Pilipino would also a new set and “solid” ticket even he the political party moves to strengthen its coalition ties with the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) of Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro’s 2nd District, Emano said on Wednesday.
“Mostly mga batan-on na nga mga lider ang mag-uban sa Padayon Pilipino and CDP,” Emano said.
Emano said the moves are aimed at strengthening the Padayon Pilipino, the party founded by his later father, former governor and mayor Vicente Emano.
In a Sept. 2 interview, Emano said he was keen on supporting Unabia, erstwhile three-term congressman of the province’s 1st District, if the Gingoog vice mayor decided to seek the gubernatorialpost.
He said Unabia is deserving to become his successor, pointing out that the Gingoog vice mayor served the province as a member of the provincial board before becoming a congressman for nine years.
“It shows nga maayo kaayo ang serbisyo, acceptance sa katawhan kang Congressman Peter Unabia and if he decides to run for governor in 2022, maningkamot gyud ko nga kung naa koy isa ka boto nga madala, maningkamot gyud ko nga akong madala ako gyud itabang diha sa iya,” said Emano.