With barely two months left before the May midterm elections, alliances and shift of allegiances have continued to take shape among various political parties and bets, especially in local political scenes.
In Cebu, former Gov. and 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, who is on a comeback trail is crediting President Duterte for the huge support she was getting from the erstwhile supporters of her opponent, incumbent Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
This, as political leaders formerly identified with Liberal Party (LP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) where Magpale belongs, have started to jump ship and pledged support to Garcia’s candidacy.
In an interview, Garcia expressed gratitude to political leaders who have joined her camp and believed in her ability to lead.
She also cited President Duterte’s endorsement of her candidacy as a huge factor in the local leaders’ decision to join her camp.
“The endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte was a big factor and I was informed that there will be more (political leaders) who will be joining us,” Garcia said.
The latest count showed that of the 44 town mayors in the province, Gwen had already secured the support of at least 28 local chief executives.
The most recent Magpale camp deserters were Mayor Carmen Librando Lumain of Badian town and Compostela Councilor Jury Quinio.
Quinio is the cousin of Compostela Mayor Joel Quinio, who is very much identified with the Duranos of Cebu’s 5th District.
He is running for reelection and brought with him his entire group and took oath before Garcia last Sunday.
Reelectionist Mayor Lumain, meanwhile, vowed to support the gubernatorial bid of Garcia and her running mate vice gubernatorial candidate Daphne Salimbangon.
To recall, she filed her certificate of candidacy under the NPC, whose gubernatorial candidate is Magpale.
Quino and Lumain both ran and won under LP in 2016 elections.
Other mayors, formerly identified with LP but are now with Garcia are Teresa Alegado and Joven Mondigo Jr. of Consolacion and Medellin towns, respectively.