CEBU CITY – A private group urging Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to run for senator in 2022 polls was turned down by the governor, who instead reiterated her stand to seek reelection of the gubernatorial seat of Cebu province.
Her reason is anchored on the fact that she is more needed by Cebu as the province is still trying to recover from detrimental effects of the coronavirus disease, or Covid 19 pandemic.
“I have no intentions whatsoever of seeking national office. Read my lips, I’m running for governor again because I feel I am more needed here in the province of Cebu at this time and in the next years that will follow as we try to recover from this pandemic,” Garcia said.
Edward Liga, an urban poor leader who spearheaded the call, launched this movement on Thursday urging the governor to take a shot at a Senate seat.
Garcia has the necessary skills to become a good senator and it is high time for her to run for senator since there is no true-blooded Cebuano in the current crop of legislators in the Senate, the group said.
Cebu Rep. Pablo John Garcia, however, threw out the call as he described it as suspicious because some members of the movement supported the governor’s political opponents in the previous election.
“I’m sorry I don’t know this group but I am deeply suspicious of groups like this which suddenly surfaced now that the election is approaching,” Pablo John said.
“The call was meant to get the governor out of her opponents’ way knowing that her sister remains to be the formidable candidate for governor.”