Issue vs Mayor's Age Defended

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Issue vs Mayor's Age Defended


MANILA, Philippines --- Paranaque City Rep. Roilo Golez yesterday defended the issue against incumbent city Councilor Benjo Bernabe questioning his age in running for the highest position in the upcoming election in May.

Golez said that age should not be an issue when electing a public official just like the case of Benjo who will be seeking for the city mayorty post this coming May election.

He said that 2nd District Councilor Benjo is 37 years old and, citing a study by their office, that some incumbent city mayors and other persons in high positions were elected at a young age.

Mentioned by Golez who were elected to top positions in local and provincial government units at a young age were Benhur Abalos, elected mayor of Mandaluyong at 35; Aldrin San Pedro mayor of Muntinlupa at 33; Freddie Tinga, mayor of Taguig at 36; Lani Cayetano, mayor of Taguig at 28; Sherwin Gatchalian, mayor of Valenzuela at 30; Bobby Eusebio, mayor of Pasig at 39; Jun-Jun Binay, mayor of Makati at 32; JV Ejercito, mayor of San Juan at 31; Gov. David Suarez of Quezon, 33; and Gov. ER Ejercito of Laguna, 37.

The city's representative said he believes in the capacity of Benjo in running the city especially with his experience now serving as city councilor, claiming that he comes from a family with untainted public service.

Golez said that Benjo chairs the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committees on Cooperatives and Franchising and also serves as vice chairman of the city council committees on education, labor and appointment, and youth and sports. …

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