By MARK FRANCISCO
CAGAYAN de Oro City--“Today is the emancipation of Alam Lim.”
Thus uttered Mayor Oscar Moreno on the eve before today’s celebration of the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence.
Moreno’s statement came after Councilor Yam Lam Lim (referred affectionately as Alam), leader of the city’s 80 barangays in his capacity as Liga ng mga Barangay chapter president, announced his defection from PaDayon Pilipino into allying with the Moreno administration.
“We expect stronger partnerships between City Hall and the barangays and their constituents,” Moreno said as he welcomed Lim into his fold during a press conference yesterday which they jointly held with the presence of Cagayan de Oro’s first district Rep. Rolando Uy, and son, Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy, at the mayor’s conference room.
In fact, Vice Mayor Uy said in jest that he now welcomes Lim’s affirmative votes on proposed legislations, a departure from the abstentions he had been making since he was still a member of PaDayon
Lim said he decided to bolt from his previous party because it deemed him fit that the leader of Cagayan de Oro’s numerous barangays must be aligned with the programs of the city executive too.
“Kung naay pangayuon nga mga proyekto ang mga kapitan, dali ra nato mahunghongan si Mayor kay kaalyado na man nato,” Lim said.
For his part, Moreno admitted that he could not muster support from barangay chairmen who are not allied to him to recognize the projects that City Hall pours in their villages.
“Grabe g’yud ang resistance. Ang uban pang mga kapitan mobabag, moreklamo basta City Hall na ang mag-initiate og project sa ilang mga barangay,” he said.
With this development, Moreno announced that Lim will now be the administration’s backed bet during the Liga ng mga Barangay elections this August. Whoever wins in the election will take a City Council seat.
Lim is in the run for reelection since he has been reelected in his homefront Barangay 40 as barangay chair.
PaDayon Pilipino first broke the news two weeks ago that it would field reelected Barangay 17 chair Jerico Goldmar Ebabacol as Liga president.
But when Ebabacol took oath before Moreno , the names of barangay chairmen Condrad Lim and Gilda Go were floated. This did not apparently sit well with Yam Lam Lim, who is still qualified to run as Liga president.
For its part, the Moreno camp decided to previously field Carmen barangay chair Lorna Uy as Liga presidential candidate.
But with this new development, Moreno said he would support Yam Lam Lim’s candidacy for the city’s 80 barangay chairmen to remain united.
For his part, Yam Lam Lim said it is up for the barangay chairmen to decide his fate.
He claimed that he has already talked with former Mayor Vicente Emano, PaDayon Pilipino founding head, last week about his decision and Emano reportedly kept silent during their conversation.
Moreno said he doesn’t speculate on which party has the most number of barangay chairmen. The election will still be more than a month from now after all.
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