By JOEY NACALABAN
MAYOR Oscar Moreno yesterday called on all Cagayanons to respect the outcome of Monday’s elections in the city.
“To the winners, we urge magnanimity and humility as they claim their victories; and to the losers, we remind them to learn from the lessons, painful they may be, and to be consoled by the thought that there is winning in losing,” reads part of a statement released by city hall yesterday.
Partial results of the elections as of yesterday show Moreno, his running mate Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy and most candidates for city council seats under their ticket winning. At presstime, 76.68 percent of the election returns have been canvassed.
Technical issues however have delayed the proclamation of the winning candidates.
“Now, the sovereign people of Cagayan de Oro City have spoken. Resoundingly and decisively. Regardless of our political colors or persuasions, we must all vow to, respect and abide by, the people’s mandate. Sovereignty must always reside in the people,” said Moreno. “That is the very essence of our Republic. Elections, inherently, always provide winners and losers.”
He said he hoped that the people of Cagayan de Oro would emerge stronger and wiser from the division and polarization that the just-held elections had caused, and “all rally behind the mandate that the people have given.”
“Our duty to our city requires it. I am privileged, honored and humbled by the people’s support for my team and myself,” Moreno added. “We commit ourselves to serve you the best way possible. We will not fail you!”