Boni Militar laughs off ‘death text message’


By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – Former city council majority floordleader Bonifacio Militar has only laughed off the text messages being circulated since Saturday until Sunday that he already died due to heart attack.

“I am here. I am still alive and kicking (at the age of 73),” Militar told  a group of media during a conversation at his house in Bacaca Sunday night.

He said on Saturday he was busy handshaking residents of Barangay 40-D along with two broadcast journalists – Ross Lagayo and Roan Abasolo  and by Sunday he also attended a rally of his party – Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, a local party affiliated with the Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno Aquino III.

Militar, a lawyer, said he is more than fit than other candidates who are very much younger than him. He is regularly exercising – walking as early as 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. and playing golf.

He described the “death text message” as a desperate move to sway his chances of winning a seat at the city council in the first district.

“But for me, this is a media mileage. A publicity whether good or bad is a media mileage,” he said.

In the city council race in the three districts, no other local party other than Hugpong fielded its candidates, only that the number exceeded to eight, the required number of seats in every district. Other candidates are running as independents.

Hugpong has 12 of the 17 candidates in the first district, 10 of the 16 in second and 12 of the 17 bets in the third district.

In the first district, only city councilor Pilar Braga will end her term limit while Emmanuel Galicia Sr. will not seek reelection but instead paved the way for his son, Emmanuel Jr.

Other incumbents are Melchor Quitain, Leah Librado, Nilo Abellera Jr., Edgar Ibuyan, Joanne Bonguyan, and Jackson Reyes, who only replaced lawyer Wendel Avisado.

Avisado, who accepted Malacañang’s offer to be the deputy secretary-general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), also wanted to be elected.

Militar, Leo Avila III and Maria Belen Acosta, who keep their records of having no defeat in city council contests, are also back, making the race to be very exciting as to who among them would clinch the eight slots.

During their stints in the city council, they were on top of the eight council seats, either placing first, second or third. (ASA)


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