Garcia to stay in race, adopt anti-drug plan

Posted on May 4, 2010


By Fe Marie Dumaboc, Reporter



ONLY a week before the elections and Kugi Uswag Sugbu (Kusug) mayoral candidate Alvin Garcia reiterated that he won’t quit the race now in favor of outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s younger sister Georgia Osmeña.

In yesterday’s press conference the former mayor admitted that he met with former senator Sonny Osmeña and Georgia Osmeña last week.

He said Sonny tried to convince him to drop from the race in favor of Georgia but he declined.

“But I have a lot of respect for Sonny and Georgia. That’s why I diplomatically told them that I have to consult my group and definitely, you know that not one of my group will even think of agreeing with it,” Garcia said.

Garcia also announced a five-point plan to combat drug trafficking in Cebu City.

He said he came out with the plan in response to allegations that Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK) standard bearer Michael Rama was a coddler of drug pushers.

Rama denied the charge and filed a libel suit against an opposition council candidate who accused him of being a protector of Crisostomo “Tata Negro” Llaguno, an independent council candidate.

Garcia said he won’t make an issue out of the allegations.

He said his five-point program consists of creating a special anti-drugs police unit under the mayor’s office, additional funding for intelligence operations and strengthening the barangay intelligence network (BIN).

He said he will also launch a comprehensive grassroots support program for families with drug dependents and build a modern drug rehabilitation center in the city.

“I will not make (those allegations) as an issue against Rama, not me personally. I don’t want to take advantage of the said issue. In fact I still consider Mike Rama as a good friend, should I win, or should he win, I would ask for his help and I would gladly give him my help.” Garcia said.