Incoming Cordova mayor vows to retain all department heads

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INCOMING Cordova Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan has promised to retain all the department heads currently working under the administration of outgoing Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho.

Suan, who defeated Sitoy-Cho in the May 9 elections, made the promise during his first dinner meeting with the town’s department heads at the Cordova Home Village on Friday, June 17, 2022.

“Sa akong gipasalig, maski wala pay election, wala akong taktakon kaninyo kay salig ako sa inyong katakos isip mga department heads,” Suan’s assurance to them, which was posted on his Facebook page.

(As I said even before the election, none of you will be dismissed from service because I believe in your capability as department heads).

The incumbent first councilor expressed hope that they will work together in leading the local government, citing that elections have passed and it is high time to start serving the constituents of Cordova.

Part of their discussions during the meeting were the things that all departments need to prepare when Suan will assume office on July 1.

The department heads, in return, reportedly expressed their 100 percent support and commitment to the new administration.

Sitoy-Cho’s camp earlier filed a motion for disqualification against Suan before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office.

Based on the results released by the Comelec, Sitoy-Cho only garnered 17,052 votes in the May 9 local elections, while her rival, Suan, secured 21,222 votes.

A week after the elections, Sitoy-Cho said her camp would also file an election protest against the Comelec officials, barangay captains, tanods (watchmen), barangay health workers and teachers reportedly involved in the election irregularities that led to the defeat of the majority of her slate.

She said more than 100 people had witnessed the irregularities that included vote buying, individuals voting more than once, unregistered voters voting, and the existence of pre-shaded ballots.

Suan earlier denied the allegations hurled against him, saying he became municipal councilor for the past 15 years without buying votes, and he believed that the Cordovahanons did not want to sell their votes but only wanted change in the leadership of the town, which has been ruled by the Sitoys for almost 50 years.

The mayor-elect, however, said he would welcome the electoral protest concerning the alleged irregularities in the elections.

Sitoy-Cho is yet to respond to SunStar Cebu as to what happened to the disqualification case filed by her camp and whether the election protest was filed as well.

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