Tagbilaran City Councilor Jonas Cacho on Friday announced his candidacy for the coveted presidency of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) – Bohol, placing himself on a collision course with Dauis Councilor Vieto Racho, and possibly two other municipal lawmakers from other towns.
Cacho told the Chronicle that he is “100 percent” sure that he will vie for the PCL’s top provincial post, claiming that he has the support of Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap and a Bohol House representative who he did not name.
“Naay mga huhungihong about sa PCL, dili pud na nako e-deny, interesado g’yud si Konsehal Jonas Cacho na mo-dagan isip president sa PCL. I’m 100 percent willing na mo serbisyo na mo-lead sa councilors league diri sa Bohol,” he said.
On Tuesday, Clywin Bomediano, executive assistant of Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo, said that their ally, two-term Councilor Vieto Racho is gunning for the top PCL post.
Racho has not personally confirmed his candidacy but Bomediano said that the councilor has started to form a lineup and woo other councilors to support his bid for the PCL elections.
Bomediano hinted that Racho may get the support of governor-elect Rep. Arthur Yap.
Cacho who sits as one of the PCL’s current board of directors meanwhile said that he has also gained the support of his colleagues at the Tagbilaran City Council.
He said that he intends to implement more programs for the PCL particularly on lawmaking training for new councilors.
According to Cacho, he is not after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan seat which is accorded to a PCL president as he primarily wants to represent the councilors of Bohol.
“Naa kay seat sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pero ang intention nako ana dili gyud ang [Provincial] Board member kundi para mahatagan g’yud og serbisyo ang atoang mga konsehal. Being a board member privilege na na siya,” he said.
Other possible contenders for the PCL presidency are Baclayon Councilor Atty. Jodel Cabahog and Panglao Councilor Aya Montero. Their purported candidacies however remain unconfirmed. (A. Doydora)