Another group of elected officials belonging to the One Cebu party led by fourth district Congressman Benhur Salimbangon paid Governor Hilario Davide III a courtesy on Monday, July 8, at the Capitol.
Davide welcomed them saying, “Thank you for coming over to the Capitol to see me. Rest assured our aim is all about the progress and development of the local government units especially in the fourth district and the province of Cebu.”
He said he will study all the projects implemented in the fourth district during the past administration. He also reiterated his promise to his constituents to give the province a faithful and honest leadership.
Salimbangon, together with his mayors, vice mayors and municipal councilors in the fourth district, met Davide to express their full support of his administration.Davide already announced to the previous group of One Cebu mayors who visited him at the Capitol that he will be a governor of all the Cebuanos and will disregard political affiliations for the good of Cebu.
Salimbangon inquired on the new governor’s desire to continue the projects that the past administration implemented in the fourth district such as the construction of Bantayan airport located at Sta. Fe and the ro-ro port in Maya, Daanbantayan. The congressman also asked permission to convert the Bantayan circumferential and the Curva-Panugnawan provincial roads in Medellin into national roads and similar infrastructure projects in Sta. Fe, Tabogon and San Remegio.
The mayors, who earlier voiced out their concerns and pledged cooperation from their end, were Ian Christopher Escario (Bantayan), Salvador dela Fuente (Madridejos), Rex Casiano Gerona (Tabuelan), Dodong Duterte (Tabogon) and Ricardo Ramirez (Medellin). Provincial Board Members Sun Shimura, Joven Mondigo Jr. and Jose Ribomapil Holganza Jr. were with the group.
In a separate courtesy call, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia met Davide for the first time. While he found Davide approachable, the mayor said he was nervous to meet him. He said he thanked Davide for extending financial aid to the victims of a waterspout that hit his town recently.
At the governor’s office, Garcia also met Vice Governor Agnes Magpale. Garcia and the municipal council of Dumanjug earlier declared Magpale as persona non grata when the then acting governor padlocked then suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s office even while some of her staff were still inside.
The mayor, however, assured Magpale that she is welcome in Dumanjug as the election is over. He also stated that he will invite both top officials to attend some of the activities in his town.
Nelson is a younger brother of the former governor. Their youngest brother, former third district Cong. Pablo John Garcia, lost to Davide in the last May elections.
Garcia also announced that though he may no longer have the numbers, he might be obliged to run as League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Cebu Chapter president, being the incumbent. He also served as the national vice president of the LMP.
Earlier, a group of One Cebu mayors in the second district issued statement that the party did not expressly signify its intention to field their own bet for LMP. Dalaguete Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante said the matter would be better decided in a collegial manner than in a contested election.