By Junex Doronio
May 16, 2022
CORDOVA, Cebu – For 47 long years, the Sitoy political dynasty has ruled this tiny municipality on the island of Mactan until its erstwhile protégé Cesar “Didoy” Suan – popularly known as “Mr. Liempo” — wrested the mayoralty seat but looks like the municipal “crown” cannot be easily held by the victor.
On Monday, May 16, supporters of defeated re-electionist Cordova Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho stormed the Municipal Hall protesting the results of the recently concluded elections.
Based on results released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Suan garnered 21,222 votes while Sitoy-Cho only got 17,052 votes.
Sitoy-Cho ran under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of the Alfonso Cusi wing while Suan under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) chaired by presumprive Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio.
However, Teche Sitoy-Cho’s uncle Celedonio “Celsi” Sitoy was re-elected vice mayor of Lapu-Lapu City.
Suan was a former ally of the late Presidential Legal Liason Office (PLLO) Secretary Adelino Sitoy who would have run for congressman in the adjacent Lapu-Lapu City if not for his sudden demise due to cardiac arrest last April 14 at the age of 85 years old.
When the elder Sitoy died, Suan – who served as municipal councilor for 18 years — declared his mayoralty bid against the incumbent mayor.
Suan owns the Mr. Liempo chain of pork products which has 300 branches in Visayas and Luzon.
During the election campaign, the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region 7 (BIR-7) closed the commissary of Mr. Liempo in Barangay Bangbang in this municipality due to alleged non-payment of taxes amounting to P303 million. (ai/mtvn)