The Liberal Party (LP) national tandem of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo on Wednesday proclaimed a grandson of the late Pres. Carlos P. Garcia as theÂ Daang MatuwidÂ candidate for Second District congressman, bringing new excitement to Bohol politics. He is the lone bet to run against re-electionist Rep. Aris Aumentado.
Roxas and Robredo raised the hands of Board Member Gerry Cutamora Garcia as the bet of the LP-led coalition in a multi-sectoral assembly in Talibon, the very birthplace of his grandfather and only Boholano president.
The 50-year old BM Gerry Garcia is the son of the late Jaime Garcia, a nephew of the late Pres. Carlos P. Garcia who worked as one of the utility men in Malacanang during Garcia’s presidency.. He belongs to the Garcia political clan, his father havingÂ served as a municipal councilor of Pres. Garcia town (formerly Pitogo). Their family hails from Talibon town, the birthplace of the late Pres. Garcia.
In proclaiming Garcia as the official LP congressional bet for Bohol’s second district, presidentiable Roxas saidÂ â€œnais kong batiin ang taong tapat at mapagkatiwalaan.Â Â Natuwa ako na kasama siya sa Daang Matuwid. Natuwa ako na may isang tao na may dugo nang dakilang pangulo, pangulong Bol-anon na kasama natin sa pagtahak sa Daang Matuwid. Dapat magpadala tayo nang isang taong mapagkatiwalaan dahil siya ang nagdala sa boses nyo doon sa Kongreso. Tulongan natin na makarating sa Kongresso si Gerry Garcia.â€
Garcia’s proclamation as LP’s congressional bet was made in the presence ofÂ Pres. Benigno S. Aquino IIIÂ last Wednesday where a grand rally was staged at the Bohol Cultural Center.
Prior the city grand rally,Â Senate Pres. Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Jericho Petilla, Mark Lapid, Ina Ambolodto and Cresente Paez.graced the rally held at theÂ Â Talibon municipal gym.
BM Garcia was also proclaimed as LP’s official congressional bet in his hometown witnessed by some 3,000 leaders, supporters including relatives at the Talibon gym.
OtherÂ Daang MatuwidÂ senatorial bets who came along with Roxas and Robredo were Sen. Ralph Recto and Joel Villanueva.
Roxas, during the city rallyÂ reiterated his personal endorsement for the grandson of the late Pres. Carlos Garcia saying â€œSi Gerry Garcia ang ating kasama, isang tao na talaga naman mapagkakatiwalaan; isang tao na mahusay na kasama, mahusay na kaibigan, at tunay na nanalig sa ating kilos para sa Daang Matuwid. Tulungan natin na makarating sa Kongresso si Gerry Garciaâ€.
In Talibon, the Roxas-Robredo slate was also welcomed by theÂ Daang MatuwidÂ candidates for Second district board members, Kag. Aga Avenido and lawyers Jimboy Puracan and Jonel Torregosa together with Mayor Restituto Auxtero, Vice Mayor Naome Valmoria, and Kags. Batiting Auza, Dave Evangelista, Conei Evangelista, Palangi and Berna Paculaba, Engr. Eti Artiaga and Janet Garca.
In his brief remarks, Garcia cited the Talibon leadership of Auxtero, who reported in the multi-sectoral assembly the accomplishments of his town, including the LGUâ€™s first-ever Seal of Good Local Governance and Seal of Good House Keeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).Â (Pilo Cajes)