Baba Yap’s Panaghiusa: ‘No retreat, no surrender’
“No retreat, no surrender” appeared to be the firm stance of the “Pundok Panaghiusa” as espoused and advanced by city councillor “Baba’” Yap, who is throwing, along with city councillor Anne Mariquit Oppus, as his runningmate, his hat into the tricky political arena next year.
This developed even as the filing of certificate of candidacy is fast approaching on October 1-5, 2012 as set forth by the Comelec.
“Pundok Panaghiusa,” which held a presscon last Friday was a show of force and commitment to change the political landscape of the city by injecting fresh changes and good governance by the so-called inexperienced candidates-would-be, said a supporter.
John Geesnell “Baba” Yap minced no words of answering the question if he still insists on gunning the top city post even without the blessing or not clinching the Liberal Party official candidacy.
He said point blank that it does not matter whether his group would be able to grab that LP official blessing or even become party-less, he still would run “to usher in a new era for Tagbilaran” with full of idealism and hope.
For her part, Oppus, said that there is no turning back for what she is in now but to pursue her dream to still serve city residents, hopefully, as a vice-mayor if given the mandate come May 2013. She admitted, however, it was one of the hardest part of her life to decide what and for whom but her discernment guided her to come up with the decision to be with “Baba” Yap’s potent force. She did not also give a hint over the report that she was courted by the other camp to be with them.
“Baba” Yap was supported with his family in full force in the entire duration of the presscon with her mother Geesnell and father John Yap and better half, Jane Censoria Cajes Yap and avid supporters. Also in attendance were last term councillors Edi Borja and Edgar Bompat and Taloto barangay chairman Faro Cabalit.
The query surfaced as the group of Atty. Agustus Gonzaga and former Vice-Mayor Toto Veloso is also moving heaven and earth to clinch that LP official candidacy. Atty. Gonzaga, who is trying to throw his hat in the electoral race for mayor and Veloso to regain the city vice-mayor post he left behind after he lost to incumbent Mayor Dan Lim in 2010 in mayoralty race, is said to be closed to Sen. Franklin Drilon, who is an LP stalwart since he worked for the senator before.
“Baba” Yap, however, did not explain or made mention on his father-in-law Trinidad Mayor Roberto Cajes’s attempt and work hard to secure to make him an LP official candidate.
Pundok Panaghiusa reads: “We distinguish ourselves as a political force that seeks to end political discord, a characteristic that the people of Tagbilaran have longed for. We seek unity and this can be seen in how we have invited the members of the media to this conference. We prefer to present ourselves and our vision for the city in front of them without regard for political biases. Under the dynamic leadership of John Geesnell Baba Yap and Anne Mariquit Oppus, we are confident that the people would eagerly place us in a position where we could help them realize their dream of a progressive, humane and highly developed Tagbilaran in the next few years.”
“Baba” Yap’s line-up include Ms. Mimi Vitorillo, Dr. Alan Real, former congressman Atty. Adam Jala, radio boradcaster Jerry Pabe, incumbent councilor Bebiano Inting, engr. Charles Cabalit, Timoteo Butalid, Edi Borja’a brother Eliezer “Ondoy” Borja and Joseph Bompat.