Deserving the vote
TO THE QUICK - Jerry S. Tundag (The Freeman) - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am

I may now be in Leyte because of some personal circumstances, but I have some friends back home in Cebu who are running for different positions in this Monday's midterm elections. All of them are running credible campaigns and all of them have a pretty good shot at the offices they are seeking.

Nevertheless, I feel I must put in a word or two for them on behalf of those who, this late, might still be vacillating or have not made up their minds. I do so with the honest thought that they not only deserve the offices they are seeking but, more importantly, the Cebuanos deserve their leadership and service.

First, there is Gwen Garcia who is trying to make a comeback at the Capitol, from where she was unceremoniously yanked out on trumped-up charges by an ineffectual and hypocritical administration, only to be replaced by its even more ineffectual and hypocritical local version.

Gwen was one of the most proactive and dynamic governors Cebu has ever seen and could give any of her male peers a run for their balls. Gwen rode Cebu to unprecedented heights of glory. It was a time when it was truly great to be a Cebuano. That sense of pride should be restored because Cebuanos deserve no less.

Then there is Raul del Mar who is seeking another term as congressman representing the first district, or the north district, of Cebu City. There is a reason why, through the years, there have only been token opposition to his leadership. And it is that if a thing is not broken, there should be no effort to fix it.

In the decades that he served in Congress, Raul has never been tainted by even a whiff of what President Duterte would often threaten others with bloody murder. Raul has never been absent for even a day in his entire career. He is behind so many laws that now benefit immensely and make life so much better for Cebuanos.

Ah, there is Edgar Labella, too, who is seeking the mayorship of my Cebu City, with his running mate, Mike Rama, the former mayor. Both men are highly able and qualified. As leaders, they are great respecters of human dignity and can mingle and identify with most folks, young and old, rich and poor. They are not perfect. But they are human, humble, and fear God.

There, as well, are Sir Eddie Gullas, eyeing a return to Congress via his beloved first district of Cebu Province, and his grandson Gerald Anthony or Samsam, seeking to be mayor of Talisay City. Both have been able, tireless and dedicated public servants. I guess it is in their genes. So to my readers, as far as it applies, please give my thoughts a thought.

jerrytundag@yahoo.com

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