Ruling local party in vote-rich Cebu putting off alliances until after substitution deadline

THE LOCAL party of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia will not finalize alliances and endorsements for national candidates in the 2022 elections until after Nov. 15, the deadline for substitutions.

“Right now, we don’t know who will eventually file their certificates in October, and, of those who do file in October, we don’t know who will remain candidates after November 15,” Cebu Rep. Pablo John F. Garcia, brother of the governor and secretary general of the provincial One Cebu party, said in a statement late Sunday.

Mr. Garcia, also a member of the National Unity Party, said One Cebu is likely to make its final decisions before January of 2022 as candidacies for national posts remain “quite fluid.”

He said the local party is currently focusing on “strengthening and consolidating its leadership” in the province.

As of the last elections in 2019, Commission on Elections data show Cebu had the highest number of registered voters among 81 provinces with over three million.

One Cebu supported President Rodrigo R. Duterte in 2016. — MSJ