By Junex Doronio
November 22, 2022
CEBU CITY — Call it political pragmatism or opportunism but four town mayors and four vice mayors in the island resort of Camotes have switched their allegiance to Team Frasco headed by Deputy Speaker Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), apparently flexing for the 2025 mid-term elections.
San Francisco Mayor Al Arquillano and Vice Mayor Aly Arquillano, Tudela Mayor Jojo Solante and Vice Mayor Erwin Yu, Poro Mayor Gary Rama and Vice Mayor Dina Rama, Pilar Mayor Winky Santiago and Vice Mayor Chiziline Maratas took their oath of allegiance before Frasco who is also claimed by the National Unity Party (NUP) as its ranking member.
“After having instituted our programs and projects focusing on education, health, and infrastructure that dealt sweeping change across the District, by 2022, six mayors and their local slates won and/or were reelected with Team Frasco,” Frasco said.
In 2019, out of the 11 local government units (LGUs) in the 5th District only the mayors of Liloan and Borbon were with Team Frasco.
Frasco made history when in 2019 he ran as representative of the 5th District of Cebu and surprisingly defeated a scion of the powerful Durano political dynasty.
However, Frasco is married to a scion of the Garcia political dynasty, former Liloan Mayor and now Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Codilla Frasco, who is also a daughter of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. (ai/mtvn)