ABC-Cebu City president urged to run for mayor or vice mayor in 2022

Published July 10, 2021, 5:09 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – A farmer’s group here has encouraged the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC)-Cebu City to run for a higher position in the 2022 elections.

The Cebu City Farmers’ Federation (CCFF) is pushing Kasambagan Barangay Captain Franklyn Ong to run either for vice mayor or mayor in next year’s elections.

“He has done a lot to help our plight and we are encouraging him to run for a higher for position in next year’s elections,” said Eliseo Cantano, president of CCFF.

The CCFF is composed of more than 2,000 members coming from 36 associations from the north and south districts of the city.

Cantano pushed for Ong’s candidacy in next year’s elections during the turnover of a hauling truck in Barangay Adlaon on Saturday.

The truck worth between P700,000 and P800,000 was donated by Ong to the farmers’ group in the north district. A similar truck was donated by Ong to the farmers’ group in south district last April.

“The truck is big help for us. Before we pay at least P3,000 for private truck to haul our products to the city,” said Cantano.

Ong said he is ready to run for a higher position in the 2022 elections.

“It depends really on what will happen before October. I’m open to whatever the God will give to me, the calling from the God and my calling as public servant. I am ready for any opportunity for me to serve, to apply my God’s talent to help the Cebuanos,” said Ong, an ex-officio member of the City Council.

Ong pointed out that he is ready to contend either for mayor or vice mayor but said he will have to consult and wait for the decision of the Bando Osmena-Pundok Kauswagan, which is headed by former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña.

“We’re open to that. We have our own party, we have to consult our partymates, we will have to wait the decision of our head of the party,” said Ong.

Ong thanked the farmers’ group for seeing him as a viable candidate.

“It is good to hear. At least we know that they appreciate what we have been doing. What is important is, when we run, we run with a real purpose of serving the people,” he said.