Suan vows no town hall shakeup

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INCOMING Cordova mayor Cesar Suan has vowed to continue all the ongoing projects of outgoing Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho during his term.

Suan, an incumbent first councilor in the town of Cordova, won in the May 9 elections with 21,222 votes against Sitoy-Cho’s 17,052 votes.

Suan said he will push for the completion of all the pending projects that Sitoy-Cho have initiated as well as the projects of the previous administrations.

The projects he would continue to implement include the 254-hectare Cordova Reclamation and Development Project, which had its ground filling ceremony last Feb. 15 after Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, representing project owner Province of Cebu, signed the joint venture agreement with Cordova Shores Development Corp., the consortium that will develop the project.

The incoming mayor said they are ready for the transition, however, they are still waiting for the decision of Sitoy-Cho concerning the final date.

Suan also promised to retain all the departments heads currently working under Sitoy-Cho’s administration, although he said they are still subject to evaluation.

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

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 who were reportedly involved in election irregularities that led to the defeat of majority of her slate.

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

Suan denied the allegations hurled against him, saying he became municipal councilor for the past 15 years without buying any vote.

He said he believed the Cordovahanons did not want to sell their votes but only wanted a change in the leadership of the town, which has been under the Sitoys for almost 50 years.

As of June 23, Thursday, Suan said he has not received information from Comelec regarding the disqualification case nor the electoral protest filed against him.

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