A MEMBER of Councilor Yan Lam Lim’s campaign team yesterday called out Gold Star Daily even as he described a part of a news story about the absence of the politician during Tuesday’s Lihuk 2019 forum for congressional candidates as erroneous.
In a statement sent by Lim’s campaign team to this paper, former Lapasan barangay chairman Omar Labuntog denied that Lim missed a flight on the day of the forum.
A portion of the April 25 story, “Congressional bets agree on drainage plan,” reads in part that “newcomer Lim reportedly claimed that his flight was delayed.”
The story’s author, Gold Star Daily contributing editor Uriel Quilinguing, said he based his report on information provided to him by Lihuk convenor and forum organizer Nestor Banuag.
Without giving details, Labuntog said the report about Lim missing the forum because of a “delayed flight” was “wrong”and “baseless.” He also called it “disparaging” without explaining why he thought so.
According to Labuntog, Lim had told city elections officer Ramil Acol, who sent out the invitation to the forum, that he was begging off from the activity days before.
Labuntog also said Lim’s campaign team also sent Banuag a message to reiterate the congressional candidate’s decision to beg off from the forum “due to conflict of scheduled (sic). He had committed to attend to important campaign events scheduled much earlier.”
On Tuesday, former journalist Bencyrus Ellorin who is working in Lim’s campaign, claimed that the councilor was meeting with political workers whom they call “volunteers in public service.”
Four of the city’s congressional candidates — former congressman Rufus Rodriguez, Rogelio Villazorda, former vice mayor Caesar Ian Acenas and lawyer Gil Banaag — participated in the Tuesday forum at Xavier University. Like Lim, his partynate, reelectionist 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy, was a no-show. (HG)