By NITZ ARANCON
INDEPENDENT mayoral candidates Felix Borres and Benjamin Contreras said they would pursue their campaigns for the city’s top post despite their poor ratings in the April survey of Xavier University’s Kinaadman: University Research Office.
The two candidates attributed their poor ratings — less than one percent each — on separate accidents that supposedly prevented them from going full blast in their respective campaigns.
Borres ranked a poor third in the Kinaadman survey with a voter preference of 0.6 percent while Contreras, with 0.3 percent, found himself in the tail end of the mayoral race of four candidates.
Borres, who earlier said he would likely lose, said he would not withdraw his certificate of candidacy because he did not want to disappoint people who believe in him.
“Dili kon mo-atras, walay daganay. Nganong mo-atras man ko nga basi sa survey sa Xavier, naa man gihapoy miboto sa akoa,” Borres said.
He said he failed to campaign the way he should because he met an accident at the start of the campaign period, and he badly hurt his back.
Borres claimed that he fell at a construction site of a hydroelectric power plant project in Iligan City that was contracted out to him by Holcim Philippines.
“Nabundak akong likod ug na-apiktihan akong spinal cord. Ma-o nang na-admit ko sa hospital, mao tong wala ko maka todo ug kampanya,” Borres said.
Contreras, for his part, said it was a “no retreat, no surrender” for him.
“Gusto nako ipahibalo sa tanan nga ako dili mo-atras bisan pag unsa ka gamay sa score nga gihatag sa Xavier sa ako sa ilang survey. No retreat, no surrender; da-og o pilde,” he said.
Contreras, who showed up during Tuesday’s candidates’ forum at Xavier University with one of his arms in a sling, said he stumbled and hurt his shoulder while campaigning on Osmeña Street.
“Pagsulod nako sa tindahan sa akong amigo kay ako untang kampanyahan, nasangit akong ti-il sa puthaw, natumba ko, nabundak akong abaga sa simento,” Contreras said.
He said a physician then advised him to slow down and take a rest in order to recuperate fast.