Rama-Garcia against Abellanosa-Ong, Mabatid against del Mar, Edu Rama against Osmeña. Barring surprises, like BOPK’s Tomas-Bebot taking on the duo Barug. LTO’s “Bungot” teasing again?


Probable matches in Cebu City

CHANGES in the list of a political party, after its announcement in the week preceding the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) from October 1 to 8, are unusual but cannot be ruled out.

After the change of President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 race, this strategy is seen as unfair, if not misleading. So, in the 2022 election, the names announced are more likely to be the same as voters will see on the ballot, after the COC filing deadline of October and the substitution deadline of November 15.

In Cebu City, where the fight is usually fierce and fierce, the Barug administration party could field the tandem of Michael Rama and Raymond Garcia against the duo Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa and Franklyn Ong of BOPK. Mike is vice-mayor, a position he previously held, and a two-term past mayor. Raymond is the majority leader on city council. Abellanosa is a member of the Southern City Congress who is completing her third term. His running mate Ong is an unelected councilor representing the Association of Barangay Councils.

In the race for the two House seats, Barug councilor Niña Mabatid will face former congressman Rachel “Cutie” del Mar, who served the northern city from 2010 to 2013, while Eduardo Rama III will face former mayor Tomas Osmeña, who was also a member of the Southern City Congress during the same period.

SOMETHING ABOUT TOMAS. A “surprise” that is speculated on even as you read this: Tomas could run for mayor instead of congressman, with Bebot Abellanosa as vice mayor. What about Franklyn Ong? He could occupy House’s seat in the south of town, which Tomas would drop if he ran for mayor instead.

It would not be a total surprise, however. We’ve reported here on several occasions that Tomas might not be able to resist the temptation to face Mike Rama again who beat him in 2013. (Tomas beat Mike in 2016 but Edgar Labella beat Tomas in 2019 .)


Is Caindec still teasing?

Tarpaulins and Facebook posts are not conclusive indicators, but they are generally used to tell the party and the public that the person being acclaimed by the statement is running for public office.

Banners with the word and number “Bungot 2022” have recently been seen in at least one footbridge on Avenida Natalio Bacalso. Bungot refers to the director of the Land Transportation Office-Central Visayas, Victor Caindec, known for his mustache and who himself uses this nickname. And this is not the first time the ball has been sent up. The question was asked in a report on January 14, 2020 and by broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro in a SunStar column on June 13, 2021.

The 2020 speculation was based on a change in Caindec’s Facebook profile: a digital sketch of his photo with the caption “Klaro na gyud ni. #Bungotsakongresso. I will wrap [sic] my representation with the best and brightest governance ideas [wing emoji]Asked about this, Caindec said he might stand a chance, “given the publicity” that he was receiving attacks on the radio by broadcaster Nalzaro.

If he teased then, he might do it again a few days before the COC filing deadline.

He changed his FB profile picture, with the same image on the tarpaulins hanging from the skywalk. This time, with the categorical, “I have decided. I am running. Modagan ko.” He didn’t say where, maybe the long stretch of Avenue Bacalso.

Caught up in a number of controversies, including the charge of unexplained wealth, which Nalzaro touched on in his column and replied, “I was not poor before I joined the LTO. Caindec has also been charged with violations of the paperwork law by acting or not acting on the demands of motorcycle dealers.


JM Chan: “Gugmang makabuang”

In “Afternoon To Remember”, a light entertainment presented by Selrahco PR on Saturday, September 25, the closing day of Cebu Press Freedom Week 2021, singer Jose Mari Chan spoke about the songs from Cebuano he loves. and that it includes in its performance. Among them, he said, was “Kahibulongan”, which dyRC broadcaster Art Maloy used to sing for his friends.

Journalist Niza Mariñas who watched and wrote a note about Chan did not say which lines from “Kahibulongan” the singer hummed. Did that include “Kahibulongan ang gibati ko / natawo ang gugmang makabuang …”?


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