By Jigger J. Jerusalem
A HUMAN rights lawyer has thrown her support for the candidacy of city councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe who was appointed by her partymates to replace her father, the late Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, whose bid for vice mayoralty was cut short when he died last Tuesday.
“For me as a woman and as lawyer, I welcome this development,” Beverly Selim-Musni said in an interview last Friday afternoon.
Selim-Musni said all branches of government must have equal representation of men and women, as she considered with the decision of the Padayon Pilipino regional party to pass on the vice mayoral candidacy to Emano-Elipe as a good sign.
Emano-Elipe is the regional president of Padayon Pilipino, the political party founded her late father. Her brother, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano is the vice chairman of the party’s executive council.
Unlike children of other politicians who would emphasize their political connection, Emano-Elipe did not have that sense of entitlement, said Musni, who recalled that the city councilor used to be one of her students at Xavier University’s Law School way back in the late ‘90s.
In a press conference where Padayon Pilipino announced the replacement Thursday, Emano-Elipe admitted she was not her father but promised to emulate the former mayor’s achievements, who was the city’s chief executive for four terms and vice mayor for three years.
She said it was not her intention to run in this year’s election and opted instead to campaign for her father and her husband, President Elipe.
Padayon Pilipino legal counsel, city councilor Leon Gan, said in a separate interview that they have already submitted the requirements for the replace to the city election office Friday morning.
Submitted were the Emano-Elipe’s certificate of candidacy for vice mayor, death certificate of her father, certificate of nomination and acceptance, and Padayon Pilipino board resolution endorsing Emano-Elipe as a substitute candidate and authorizing the governor to sign the Cona, he said.