By LITO RULONA
MISAMIS Oriental Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar “Jigjag” Pelaez yesterday breathed fresh air into the capitol with a call to rid the politics in the province of toxicity even as he offered to help the Emano administration as it implements its pet programs in the next three years.
Pelaez said he would not be an obstructionist even as he called on Gov. Yevgeny Vicente Emano and provincial board members to try unity and partnership for a change rather than negatively charged political maneuverings that affect decision-making and hurt government performance.
Pelaez said this after he listened to Gov. Emano lambaste his administration’s political enemies for being staunch critics of his pet health program “Misorcares.”
During the flag-raising program at the capitol, Emano said politicians opposed to the Misorcares program had no other agenda but to discredit and destroy his administration.
After the program, Pelaez beamed as he walked towards the session hall of the provincial board.
Smiling, Pelaez said, “Kung serious kita sa atong serbisyo sa katawhan, dili kita magpa-apekto sa unsa man nga ataki politkanhon nga ilabay kanato. Kini atong supporta sa last term ni Gobernador Bambi dinhi sa province.”
Pelaez and his brother, former vice governor Jose Mari Pelaez, ran under the National Unity Party (NUP) that attempted to unseat Emano in the May elections. The elder Pelaez ran for congressman in the 1st District and lost to Rep. Christian Unabia.
Pelaez said people are already fed up with toxic politics and so, politicians should consider leveling up and ridding the government of counterproductive political maneuverings for the welfare of their constituents.
Pelaez repeated his call after he presided over the the inaugural session of the new provincial board, and after approving the 27 chairmanships of the predominantly Padayon Pilipino provincial legislature.
Pelaez said with his call for unity comes a pledge to support Emano’s Misorcares program.
“Mas mayo nga malu-agan og malapad ang serbisyo sa panglawas. Kung gusto gyud ni Gobernador Bambi nga ipadayon ang Misorcares, then atong supportahan. I will not object, I am just a presiding officer,” said Pelaez.
The new vice governor said he has nothing against Emano’s administration even as he lauded the Misorcares program for helping thousands of Misamisnons in need of health and burial aid.
Pelaez said he would not “contradict” but even help the Emano administration so it could help more people who are in need of government aid.
“Gani ako manawagan sa akong mga kauban sa SP nga dugangan ang budget for health care services aron daghan gayud ang matabangan,” he said.
He said that, initially, he and members of the provincial board’s majority have come to an understanding that as long as Emano’s program is for the welfare of their constituents, proposals would be unopposed.
Pelaez said he and members of the minority in the provincial board also plan to attend the weekly flag-raising program and other major capitol events as a show of support.