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On Tagoloan election politics

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Physically I may be far away but thanks to technology I am able to
keep abreast of political developments in my hometown of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in northern
Mindanao, Philippines.

I write this because my last piece on unity talks in Tagoloan politics drew some fire from critics who
claim that I don’t know anything about the town since I’m here in the US. Yet I believe in my informant
who feeds me news about Tagoloan and I am updated with developments there.

I stand by what I wrote about residents there who would like to have lawyer Sergio “Yoyoc” Yap and
barangay chairman Enan Sabio meet and decide who among them will run for mayor before the
December 10 deadline for the substitution of candidates.

That means either one of them must yield and support the other just to defeat the Emano’s. But I
guess it may just be a dream that won’t see fulfillment in our lifetime. In the words of Leonardo
“Dongdong” Eduave of the Lumad Tagoloanon page over at Facebook, “Unity between Enan and
Yoyoc will never come unless one of them will withdraw his candidacy in the 2016 elections.” Both
men have lived in Tagoloan town since birth. They have seen and felt the need for a change in
leadership in the town. They both realize that if they don't act now, someone who is like a stranger to
Tagoloan will rule over the town for the next three years.”

To “set the records straight” so to speak, this corner learned that last October 3, Mayor Julio Uy of
Villanueva town who’s running for governor of Misamis Oriental met with Yap in the city. Uy asked
Yoyoc to be his running-mate in the province. Yap declined the offer stating that he wants really to
run for mayor of Tagoloan town instead of vice-governor.

Yap took the opportunity to say his piece about the “unity talks” by suggesting that he would run as
mayor with incumbent vice-mayor Robinson Sabio as vice and a mix of councilors coming from both
parties “VM Robinson would be my vice, and councilors would be mixed like Issur, Lamberto Neri,

Tata Paduganan, Angel Pomar, Oscar Baal, Eric Emano, Achas, Uriel Paguidopon,” Yap said.
Reliable information I got stated that Enan would not agree with Yap’s proposal. The talks ended
there. Enan Sabio also has his eyes on the mayoral seat.

I learned too that the Emano group was also thinking about a substitution to hold on to their turf. On
Oct. 6, there was a proposal on the part of Enan Emano that Yoyoc Yap be his vice-mayor or
congressional bet of Misamis Oriental’s 2nd district for the Padayon Pilipino camp. The same source
told me that Yap declined the offer. Yoyoc offered instead that he be the mayoralty bet and Enan
Emano or Richard Emano be his vice mayor.

Just like the Sabio talks with Mayor Julio Uy, it ended.
There you have it.
I think all those who prayed that the unity talks succeed will be disappointed because both men want
to run for mayor.

Before I end this piece, I apologized for my two points raised in my previous piece.
The first point being that Yoyoc Yap’s father, Sergio Yap, has nothing to do with his decision to run for
mayor. I believe that Yoyoc is man enough to decide for himself. Second is that Enan Sabio is not
running under the Liberal Party nor the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Sabio is with NUP
(National Unity Party) under Mayor Julio Uy and his wife Rep. Juliette Uy. NUP members are mostly

former members of Lakas CMD of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. For now there are four
mayoral candidates in Tagoloan town.

The need to have Yoyoc and Enan run as a tandem may long be gone when the voters themselves
decide who among them is best suited to run the town.

If Tagoloanons squander the opportunity to look for better leadership of Tagoloan, their dream of
progress may be lost for this lifetime.

May my fellow Tagoloanons start to study the platforms of these four mayoral candidates. And when
I say study, I mean they should evaluate what these candidates can offer on the table other than their
usual motherhood statements and grandiose promises.

Rather than vote for candidates who know nothing about the town and its needs, Tagoloanons
should not just vote but participate in governance.

Tagoloanons are the best people on earth. We can lead and we have produced many who have
contributed not only locally but globally.

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