Davide expects dad’s arrival, funding to boost campaign

Posted on April 5, 2010

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(Above photos are taken during gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III first political rally in Dumanjug town north of Cebu since the start of the campaign period)
Liberal Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate Hilario “Junjun” Davide III has two things to look forward to this week.

His father, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., arrives in Cebu tomorrow to join his campaign which has barely a month to go before the May 10 elections.

The other is the financial assistance pledged by the LP central office to fund his campaign needs.

“He is willing to do for me everything that a father is willing to do for a son,” the younger Davide told CEBU DAILY NEWS in a phone interview.

The elder Davide resigned as Ambassador to the United Nations last month.

Junjun said while they don’t expect financial assistance to be as big as the funds allocated by the rival Nacionalista Party (NP) for their local candidates, it would help them in mobilization.

“This is a disadvantage in a way, but I believe that it’s not only money that will make a candidate win,” he said.

The former Cebu City councilor said their party offers a new brand of politics to Cebunao voters which isn’t tied to money.

Davide said his father has friends and former clients in the countryside whom he wanted to visit to campaign for his candidacy.

The elder Davide who resigned from his post as Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations, arrived in Manila on Good Friday.

He is staying with his wife Virginia, and other siblings there. The Davide couple has five children.

“We are still scheduling our appearance together. We are also trying to coordinate with our candidates in the towns,” Davide said.

However, he said they still prefer small gatherings than large rallies in their campaigning.

Davide said LP candidates in Cebu continue to spend personal funds and donations from friends for the campaign.

He said some of his supporters pay for the posters which they distribute during their sorties.

“We are hoping that as promised (by our national office), after the Holy Week the funds will come…I’ve been getting advice from Manila on when they will send the funds. We are really on budget here,” said the councilor. /Reporter Doris C. Bongcac