Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia, unlike 2006 election, now has reason to tighten her belt with the entry of Cebu City councilor Hilario Davide III in the scene. Councilor Davide is not a big threat to Gov. Gwen Garcia but he is a very good political material for Cebu province. While the governor must tighten her belt, councilor Davide must prepare because he must be sweating too much to beat Garcia.
Perhaps Councilor Hilario Davide III must consume a ton of Sinanduloy and do Suroy-suroy sa Sugbo as fast as he could to win in Cebu gubernatorial race.
The talk about councilor Davide started when presidential aspirant Noynoy Aquino appointed as chairman of the Liberal Party (LP) in Cebu province. The party has yet to reveal its bet for Cebu governor in 2010. When asked about running for Cebu governor, councilor Davide told reporters that he is ready to run.
But he has yet to work on his qualifications. Hilario Davide III is currently serving as Cebu City councilor. Cebu City residents do not vote for Cebu provincial governor. Davide’s residence issue is being solved. According to reports, he will transfer his voter’s record to Argao. When he does, he needs also to resign as Cebu City councilor.
Transferring his voter’s record on or before October 30 will still not solve the residence issue.
According to Republic Act No. 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991, Section 39:
SEC. 39. Qualifications. – (a) An elective local official must be a citizen of the Philippines; a registered voter in the barangay, municipality, city, or province or, in the case of a member of the sangguniang panlalawigan, sangguniang panlungsod, or sanggunian bayan, the district where he intends to be elected; a resident therein for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the day of the election; and able to read and write Filipino or any other local language or dialect.
Two major newspaper in Cebu report today about councilor Davide’s plan to quit Cebu City councilor. In Sun Star Cebu’s report, Davide will step down from the City Council effective Oct. 30. Cebu Daily News reports that Davide would deliver his farewell speech to the City Council.
Will Davide get the support of most of Cebu towns? This is something we will wait for.
However, The Freeman Cebu reports that Cebu City Councilor Hilario ‘Jun-jun’ Davide III is not the Liberal Party candidate for Cebu governor, quoting LP campaign manager, Batanes Rep. Butch Abad.
Perhaps LP leaders foresee not only tight fight during elections but also tough legal battles before the election.
While councilor Davide enjoyed imagining the bright prospects of holding office in Cebu Cebu provincial capitol, Gov. Gwen Garcia is already there, smiling and silent about her upcoming challenger.
Hilario Davide III as next Cebu governor? This is still a big question.