NEWS: Mancao confirms to run for Congress in Comval’s 1st district

Three-corner congressional fight
oct 26


The controversial former police officer Cesar Mancao has confirmed yesterday he is running for Congress in the first district of Compostela Valley putting ahead for now the district’s  congressional race in 2010 into a three-corner fight.
Three weeks ago Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr, a former graft investigation officer of the Ombudsman for Mindanao, declared he would square off with Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay of the administration party since no one had declared to fight with Apsay after Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya backed out and “to give meaning to election and to the right of the people to choose and elect their leaders”.
But yesterday Mancao, in an exclusive phone interview with this writer, joined in saying in vernacular, “(his running) is for the people, not for personal money-making, and not for dynasty-making” in apparent potshots to last-termer Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, father of Maricar.
He said that as far as he knew of the say-so’s from people in Manila and outside the province, Compostela Valley has been identified to have a congressman “nga taga buhat lang ug balota, taga silhig lang sa salog (who only carried ballot boxes, and who swept the floor” in reference to the past scene-stealing acts of Zamora inside Congress that were caught by the national media.
“Demeaning na kaayo to sa iyang posisyon, nagpa kiko-kiko, napersonal na kaayo ang iyang posisyon  ug dili na para sa kadaghanan (It was so demeaning to his position, he made himself a joker, he made his position too personal and no longer for the many),” Mancao took a swipe to the outgoing congressman.
“I want to help the people in my district, in their crusade for development,” he said.
Asked on what political party he would run under, the ex-policeman said that presently he still has many negotiations with parties who could help him and he is also making “right connect” in various national political leaders and parties in Manila.
He added that getting a voice through Congress could be a “solution to his problem now” in getting entangled in the double murder Dacer-Corbito case.
Meanwhile, Atty. Lopoz welcomed Mancao’s entry saying “this would definitely make the District 1’s congressional race much exciting and challenging after a long silence when nobody then dared contest Way Kurat’s daughter Maricar.” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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