By Dhel Nazario
The campaign period for local elections kicked off last Friday (March 29). However, in Pasay City, only one team has so far conducted a proclamation rally.
The Calixto siblings – Pasay Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano and Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto – are on their last terms and are eyeing to exchange positions.
However, a mayoralty aspirant Edward Togonon is crying foul over his team’s failed attempts to secure permits for their own proclamation rally.
According to Togonon, applications to hold their rallies were turned down five times by the Pasay City administrator.
Documents showed that Togonon’s team sent a letter to the Office of the Mayor as early as February 11 to conduct a proclamation rally supposedly on March 31 at Derham Park on F.B. Harrison Street. This request was denied the same day because of a religious event at Cuneta Astrodome, that will make use of the area as a parking space.
The religious event pushed through from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while a second event of the same religious group scheduled at 2:30 to 5 p.m. was cancelled.
On February 12, Togonon’s team again requested to conduct a proclamation rally, this time at Arnaiz Ave. corner Roxas Boulevard to F.B. Harrison Street corner Arnaiz Ave. on March 29. This was denied on February 14 since “such purpose would amount to a total closure of traffic which is not allowed by law.”
However, on March 30, the team of Calixto-Rubiano reportedly made use of the same stretch of Arnaiz Ave. to conduct a proclamation rally, closing traffic at the corner of Taft Ave. and Arnaiz Ave. and the corner of F.B. Harrison street corner Arnaiz Ave.
Togonon’s team made another request on February 18 for a proclamation rally on March 29 again at Derham Park, but was denied the next day since they were “already giving exclusive access to the organizers of an event on March 30 in order for them to set up.”
The event was the proclamation rally of Calixto’s team.
On February 21, the team again requested for a proclamation rally in front of Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish in Padre Burgos Street. It was denied again in a letter dated February 27 since “such purpose would amount to a total closure of traffic which is not allowed by law.”
In another letter dated February 21, their team once again requested for a proclamation rally in front of a hotel along the Service Road – Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA on March 30 where they will march from Pasadeña Street in front of the City University of Pasay.
This was again denied in a letter dated March 7 due to the area being a “very busy street(s) and diversion of traffic direction and control is impossible”.
The team of Chet Cuneta has also yet to conduct a Proclamation Rally in the city but has already submitted a formal request to the Office of the City Mayor. Mayor Calixto has yet to comment on the denied requests of Togonon’s team.
Togonon and his slate opted to conduct a motorcade last Sunday.