Former Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia, One Cebu candidate for congressman in the new seventh district of Cebu, made reference to a popular social media hashtag and movie in warning Liberal Party officials on their “suspension spree” against officials identified with One Cebu.
Speaking before more than 300 One Cebu leaders representing the nine barangays of Alegria in southern Cebu, Garcia said: “Sulod sa 18 ka tuig nga ang mga Garcia naglingkod sa Kapitolyo, wala’y bisa’g usa sa among mga kaatbang ang among gi-suspenso. Wa mi manggukod.” (“In the 18 years that it was a Garcia who was governor, we suspended not even one of our political opponents. We did not use our position to run after our opponents.”)
Garcia had earlier complained that the Liberal Party in the province had gone on a “suspension spree” against political opponents especially in the new seventh district. This month, five municipal councilors in Alegria, identified with One Cebu, were suspended by the provincial board. Earlier this year, the provincial board also suspended his brother, Dumanjug mayor Nelson Garcia.
Pablo John urged One Cebu leaders in Alegria to stand up to the LP’s bullying, and unite to ensure the party’s victory in the municipality, in the new seventh district, and in the province.
He said the victory of One Cebu would end the LP’s harassment and dirty political tactics.
Predicting victory in the May 2016 elections, Pablo John made reference to another popular social media hashtag. “Sa tamang panahon,” he said.