CEBU – Where's “daang matuwid?”
This is the question of the Garcia family after learning of the seemingly early campaigning of the Liberal Party (LP) in Cebu, which was spearheaded by no less than President Benigno Aquino III himself.
It’s not campaign period yet but the President introduced the LP senatorial candidates during his visit to the province Wednesday at the Mandaue Cultural and Sports Complex.
Suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said it is obvious that the LP is hitting the ground in the province where they were widely beaten last election.
She said the LP is doing it without consideration and respect to the religious festivities in Cebu.
"That’s very sad, the Sinulog [festival] has been and should never be about politics," she said.
Garcia added that it is the voters who will see whether the "daang matuwid" is true or not.
"They just have negatively impacted the chances of their LP senatorial slate here," she said. "LP needs to campaign harder."
Garcia’s youngest brother, Rep. Pablo John Garcia, said they are now wondering what the definition is of "daang matuwid."
Rep. Garcia laments that the LP had to kick-off its campaign in a province where they just suspended the governor and with millions of voters flocking to it for the Sinulog Festival.
"People are beginning to realize na parang lokohan na eh," he said. "Klarong-klaro ang pamumulitika, I don’t know if that’s daang matuwid."
Rep. Garcia maintains that the One Cebu party is still the more dominant political entity in Cebu.
"I’m not surprised first salvo ng LP would be here." he added.
Garcia's other brother, Byron, also found it distasteful for the LP to hold a rally in Cebu.
"Sinulog is all about devotion, let’s set aside politics," he said.
He said he too wasn’t surprised that LP would pick Cebu as their first campaign activity since LP lost in Cebu in the past elections.
At the moment, Byron said LP is also losing in the local surveys.
"Dapat lang na dito sila because LP is fairing poorly sa ratings nila," he said.
The Garcias were seen meeting with the suspended governor Thursday afternoon in the hope of arriving at a decision whether she will dance on Sunday for the Sinulog.
The suspended governor said she hasn’t made up her mind about whether to dance.
The option of Garcia’s daughter, Christina, to dance on her behalf is also being studied carefully by the family, according to the suspended governor.