By JOEY NACALABAN
MAYOR Oscar Moreno yesterday made this wager: he will step down if former mayor Vicente Emano beats Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy in the May elections.
“If Dongkoy (Emano) wins, I will resign,” said Moreno during the turnover of a new six-classroom building city hall built in Sitio Man-ay, Barangay Tignapoloan.
Emano, who dominated Cagayan de Oro politics for over a decade until 2013, is challenging the reelection bid of Vice Mayor Uy, Moreno’s running mate and a son of 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy.
Incidentally, Emano beat the vice mayor’s father in the 2010 mayoral elections. Three years later, Moreno, then Misamis Oriental’s governor, unseated Emano. In 2016, Emano challenged Moreno’s reelection bid and ended up a poor second.
Now, Emano is running for vice mayor against the younger Uy under the ticket of former Agriculture undersecretary Jose Gabriel La Viña.
Moreno explained his wager: during his first term as city mayor, he was confronted by a city council dominated by Emano’s Padayon Pilipino party and headed by the former mayor’s partymate, the then vice mayor Caesar Ian Acenas.
He said an uncooperative city council then made it very difficult for his administration to implement projects.
According to Moreno, an Emano victory in the May elections would likely give the city a repeat of what took place during his first three years in office.
He said it would also be a repeat of what the city council was during the Jaraula administration when Emano served as vice mayor without presiding over the local legislature’s sessions.
“Gikapoy nako sa mga tawong babag sa kalamboan sa syudad. Ang konseho kinahanglan kaabag dili babag,” Moreno told the Tignapoloan crowd who came for the turnover of the new school building.