Javellana, Rico trash COVID-19 speeches to campaign for SP seats in 2022 polls

PHOTO CAPTION: Councilor Jojo Javellana (right) and Executive Assistant Boyet Rico (left) address their audience and drop not-so-subtle hints about running in the next elections./iNEWS

ILOILO CITY–Two officials of the Iloilo City government—one elected and the other appointed—trashed their prepared speeches for what was supposed to be a COVID-19 information dissemination campaign in the barangays and took turns presenting themselves as potential candidates for councilor in next year’s elections.

First to take center stage was City Councilor Carlos “Jojo” Javellana, who took off his face mask to address the residents of Brgy. Barrio Obrero in Lapuz district, eventually saying, “Kon si Willie nagapanagtag jacket, si Jojo Javellana nagapanagtag lollipop [If Willie Revillame is known to give away jackets, Jojo Javellana distributes lollipops].”

In fact, in the four minutes of his talk with barangay folks, there was not even a mention of anything closely related to COVID-19 or how to prevent getting infected by it.

Instead, he thanked Bo. Obrero residents for their trust and support that led to him winning a seat in the Iloilo City Sangguniang Panlungsod. He then bared his plan to seek another term as councilor and if successful, he said the first barangay he would go to is Bo. Obrero to personally extend his thanks.

“Subong gatindog si Councilor Jojo Javellana. Sugidan ta kamo sang pagpadalagan ko, sa plano nga pagpadalagan, Councilor Jojo Javellana. Mangayo gid ako bulig sa inyo, hatagi niyo ako tsansa nga magserbisyo sa inyo [Now standing before you is Councilor Jojo Javellana. I would like to tell you of my plans to run again. I want to ask for your help; give me another chance to be of service to you],” he averred.

Javellana also hogged the headlines in recent months after a water refilling station he owns with his wife, Brgy. Loboc punong barangay Mary Tracy Javellana, was discovered to have an illegal electric connection or “jumper” tapped into MORE Power’s secondary line.

Mayor’s choice

Executive Assistant for Barangay Affairs Fernando Jose “Boyet” Rico was also one not to leave behind an opportunity to bang the drum for himself, so to speak.

Almost right away, Rico said he would no longer talk about COVID-19 and just introduce himself, instead.

While he did briefly urge residents of Bo. Obrero to have themselves vaccinated against the dreaded virus if given the opportunity, he lost no time in revealing his real intention in visiting the said barangay.

“Malapit na lang ang 2022. Ako ginhambalan man sang aton pinalangga nga Mayor nga ‘Yet, it’s high time nga kon pwede mapadalagan ka kay nagapangita ako sang tawo nga gusto ko sa konseho ang loyal gid sa akon [2022 is just around the corner. I was told by our dear mayor, ‘Yet, it’s high time for you to run (as councilor) if possible since I am looking for people loyal to me to be in the council],” Rico, who only recently made headlines after intentionally taking off his face mask while in public despite being concurrent head of the City COVID-19 Compliance Team, was quoted to have said. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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