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Mayoral hopeful Jose Gabriel La Viña speaks to reporters when he filed his certificate of candidacy late last year. La Viña has responded to Mayor Oscar Moreno’s wager that he (Moreno) will resign if ex-mayor Vicente Emano wins in the race for the vice mayor’s post. La Viña says there is no need for Moreno to resign because he thinks he (La Viña) will win. (photo by JB Deveza)

Pompee to Oca: ‘No need to quit, I’ll win in May’

By Shiela Mae Butlig
Correspondent . 

Mayor Oscar Moreno (extreme right) leads the unveiling of a building marker while being assisted by Jonathan dela Peña, schools division superintendent, and Nancy Aban, Tignapoloan barangay chairperson, during the turnover of a six-classroom school building. It was in Tignapoloan where Moreno said he would resign as mayor if former mayor Vicente Emano wins as vice mayor. (photo by Joey Nacalaban)

FORMER Agriculture undersecretary Jose Gabriel La Viña yesterday responded to Mayor Oscar Moreno’s pronouncement that he would step down if his political nemesis, ex-mayor Vicente Emano, wins against reelectionist Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy in the May elections.

“Dili mabalaka si Moreno kay dili man siya makadaug sa ako,” a confident La Viña said.

La Viña is the standard bearer of Emano’s Padayon Pilipino and the Centrist Democratic Party of ex-congressman Rufus Rodriguez. Emano is La Viña’s running mate while Rodriguez is working to win the congressional post in the 2nd District, an old position he once held and which his brother Maximo Jr. is leaving vacant.

La Viña said Moreno is facing the prospects of being disqualified because of graft cases but if the reelectionist mayor is not booted out, “Di siya maghunahuna nga moesign siya kay di siya makadaog sa ako.”

Former councilor Alexander Dacer said Moreno’s pronouncement against the Padayon Pilipino leader was cheap talk.

“Iya ra nang storya. Nakasiguro ba siya nga mudaug siya?” asked Dacer rhetorically.

Dacer said he believes that La Viña would win in the May elections because he thinks that the mayoral hopeful is enjoying “high ratings.”

Dacer failed to cite the basis for his ratings claim but he explained that he thinks that La Viña has the edge because “lumad nga taga-Cagayan,” “people see Pompee as the one who can bring change,” and “kandidato siya ni [President] Duterte.”

Emano’s son-in-law President Elipe criticized Moreno for declaring this early that he would not accept an Emano victory in the event that the city’s voters make him win as vice mayor.

“It’s good that he has stated that this early. He doesn’t care what the people think. He’s only after his personal interests,” said Elipe, an appointed provincial board member running for vice governor.


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