CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City’s Partido Kugi Uswag Sugbo (KUSUG), led by vice-presidential candidate Councilor Raymond Garcia, has yet to name a presidential candidate.
This is despite the declaration of Partido Barug, led by Rama, supporting the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. or BBM.
KUSUG is in coalition with Barug and Panaghiusa, the parties having the same standard bearers for the local elections: the mayor Michael Rama candidate for mayor and Garcia candidate for vice-mayor.
However, it should be noted that KUSUG’s founder, former Cebu City Mayor Alvin Garcia, the councilman’s father, was an opponent of martial law and opposed Marcos’ rule in the 1980s.
The Partido Panaghiusa, led by Daluz, has already issued a statement refusing to endorse the BBM because the party was formed in the midst of martial law to fight against tyranny and for democracy and justice.
Councilor Garcia said that even though he was the president of KUSUG, the party should decide as one unit.
“But certainly, as a member of Barug as well, I will support the party’s position to support BBM. Certainly, I will respect,” Garcia said.
KUSUG members and officers include Advisors Jerry Guardo, Joel Garganera, Rey Gealon, Niña Mabatid among many others.
It was relaunched in June 2021 before the submission of the application certificates.
Garcia said that since most KUSUG members were also Barug members, there was a chance the party would endorse the same candidate.
However, there will also be a chance that the party will not endorse the same candidate or endorse any candidate for that matter.
The councilor said the board and members would make that decision and he would respect and abide by his party’s decision.
Regardless of the outcome of their meeting this week, Garcia assured that, like Panaghiusa, KUSUG’s coalition with Barug would remain steadfast for the upcoming elections in May.
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