[Cebu politics update]Willing to run in 2013 polls
By Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon/JMO
(The Freeman) Updated January 12, 2012
CEBU, Philippines - Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) consultant Aristotle Batuhan yesterday admitted that he and Cebu City South Rep. Tomas Osmeña are now in good terms but have not talked anything about politics just yet.
“Yes we talk but no politics yet. He asked me to continue pushing for the Bus Rail Transit, among others,” Batuhan said in a press conference yesterday.
Batuhan ran for Congress during the 2001 and 2004 elections but lost to former Congressman Antonio Cuenco who was then being supported by Osmeña.
But the relationship between Osmeña and Cuenco turned sour after the latter left the country at the height of the barangay elections in 2007, which angered Osmeña who was then mayor of Cebu City. Cuenco has announced his political comeback in next year’s local elections while Batuhan said it is still too early and premature to announce his plans. He, nevertheless, said he is open to running for office again.
“I am open. I am always open to the possibility but it’s too early pa. Politics is so tricky,” he said.
As to his possible opponents in the congressional seat, should he decide to run, Batuhan believes that Cuenco remains more popular as compared to Cebu City Councilor Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa. (Read more)