THE “good fight” is here in Cebu, said Gov. Gwen Garcia after dropping her senatorial bid, saying she is more needed here than in the Senate.
Garcia will run instead in the third district for a congressional post.
“At this crucial time, the task of sustaining Cebu's unprecedented gains and progress as the number one province in the entire country requires that I be here, at all times, if necessary,” the governor said in her speech before more than 1,500 college students during the Second Student Marketing Convention at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City yesterday.
She cited this as her reason for not seeking a senatorial seat and aspiring instead to become a representative of the towns of Barili, Aloguinsan, Pinamungahan, Asturias, Balamban, Tuburan and Toledo City.
“I am humbled that our party's leaders in the third congressional district have unanimously, and so graciously, opened up an opportunity for me possibly to further serve Cebu in another capacity,” the governor said, adding that she accepted the challenge to become a congresswoman there.
She admitted that she will still confer with the district’s congressman, Rep. Pablo John Garcia, her brother and One Cebu Party gubernatorial aspirant, so she will be informed of the district’s needs, in case she wins.
Meanwhile, two Duranos believed that Garcia’s choice to run for congress in the third district and abandon her senatorial bid is just right.
Danao City Mayor Ramon “Boy” Durano Jr. and his son, former Danao Vice mayor Ramon “Boboy” Durano IV, admitted they were among those who requested the governor to sacrifice her plan to run for senator in the 2013 elections.
Mayor Boy said Garcia’s choice not to pursue her plan for the Senate is right because she still has a lot to offer in Cebu.
“Why not save Cebu first? So, she has to sacrifice her senatorial bid for 2013,” Mayor Boy said.
Boboy, One Cebu vice gubernatorial candidate and Pablo John’s running mate, said his father Mayor Durano told the governor to focus on Cebu.
“By doing so, you can strengthen One Cebu, you can strengthen the party because you are here in Cebu. You are a sure winner in the third district,” Boboy quoted Mayor Durano as saying.
Governor Garcia was the keynote speaker in yesterday’s marketing convention.
In her speech, she announced her withdrawal from the senatorial race.
During an interview, she said she already informed Vice President Jejomar Binay about her plans and he understood her position.
She told reporters that her rank in surveys is improving, so she thanked Cebuanos who expressed their confidence in her senatorial bid.
“I have not been known to run from a good fight just because it was difficult. But as my most well-meaning friends and allies have pointed out, the good fight is here, in the province I have pledged to serve well, to serve faithfully,” the governor added in her speech.
She admitted during interview that at first it was a really difficult decision since being a senator would also benefit Cebu.
She will just have to put off her senatorial bid for another time, said the governor, who still remains as One Cebu chairperson and a member of Binay’s UNO Party.
Mayor Boy said by 2016, Garcia will not have a problem since Binay will always back her.
Boboy said he advised the governor to look at her plans in running for senator, especially her rankings in the surveys.
Garcia landed 25th in the recent Pulse Asia survey last week. Last year, she was in the 45th spot, then 32nd in a survey last June.
There are only 12 seats for the Senate in next year’s elections.
Boboy said Governor Garcia’s decision to run for Congress is a stepping stone to becoming a senator, where she can establish more contacts and she can become more nationally visible.