TAGBILARAN CITY – Beauche’ president and Chief Executive Officer Che Toribio delos Reyes, former Carmen mayor, was straight-forward. She minced no words of saying she will endorse to Vice-President Jejomar Binay, top leader of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Rep. Arthur C. Yap of third district, to run for governor against incumbent Gov. Edgar Chatto with a big if. Yap is said to be the UNA provincial coordinator for Bohol.
She said that she’ll do this (endorsement of Yap) if she decides to throw her hat in the congressional derby in the third district come 2016. Delos Reyes was answering queries from the media during a press conference held at Metro Hotel in this city yesterday. Saying she has learned a lot after what she has gone through in Bohol politics, Delos Reyes frankly told media that she has no decision yet whether she would gun for governor again or to challenge incumbent Congressman Arthur C. Yap, who was unopposed twice.
“I’m open to both” (for governor and for congress), and “I’m always ready,” she said. Pressed to set a date when she could decide, Delos Reyes said it would be sometime in May this year. She said she will run in a position that she comfortable with. She was candid enough that there are supporters and municipal mayors in the third district who wanted her to run for congresswoman while other mayors in other districts for her to become governor.
If ever she decides to run for congress in the 3rd district, Delos Reyes said that “it’s not I’m fighting with Yap, but I’m fighting for the people.” Why she still wants to engage in politics, she said that she’s blessed and that’s the reason to share what she has and her blessings. She did not hide her sentiment over the state of the province and the district, where her town, Carmen, belongs.
She said that she always wanted to share her experience and serve to be able to address “poverty, weak leadership and drugs” issues. Former governor Atty. Victor de la Serna said that based on HNU survey last year, poverty of Bohol is at 62%. But Gov. Edgar Chatto reported otherwise, that poverty incidence has been reduced. (rvo)