Group pushing MisOr gov to run for De Oro mayor turns 1

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) – At least 500 members of the “Wednesday Club” gathered at the Capitol grounds today to celebrate their first anniversary with the theme “Pakigbisog para sa kausaban” (struggle towards change).

In an interview Wednesday, Ching Roa, executive committee coordinator of Wednesday Club, said they organized the club mainly to urge Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno to run for city mayor in the 2013 elections.

“This club was organized because of the desire to advocate genuine development and unity in the city. We are celebrating today because we have sustained our club for one year. We are grateful that Governor Moreno has been gracious in hosting our weekly meetings here at the Capitol,” Roa said.

One year ago today, supporters of 2010 mayoralty candidate Rolando Uy formed the Wednesday Club. The club’s namesake is derived from its weekly meetings at the Capitol scheduled every Wednesday.

“We will sustain our movement until the 2013 elections. More and more Cagayanons feel the need for a change in leadership in the city and we are grateful that Governor Moreno has accepted our proposal,” he said.

In a separate interview, Moreno said that he is “seriously considering running for mayor” in 2013.

“I’m part of this group (Wednesday Club). Most of the members are already senior citizens but it is heartening to see them not losing hope for change. They should be resting in their homes but instead came all the way here at the Capitol grounds. (Running for mayor) is really worth reflecting on,” Moreno said.

Moreno laments the opposition dominated-Sangguiniang Panlalawigan’s “demolition job” against him.

“Dongkoy (city mayor Vicente Emano) is threatened. He is using the Sangguiniang Panlalawigan to put me in bad light. It’s not that I don’t want opposition. I welcome opposition but this should be principled. If they want it that way, then I’ll run,” he said. (Cong B. Corrales / MindaNews)