CEBU CITY: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has admitted eyeing a higher office in 2016 but said he will have to prove himself in the next two years through his performance.
Cayetano, who won a second term as senator in May, took his oath of office before jubilant supporters at the University of Visayas stadium in Cebu before outgoing Rep. Eduardo Gullas of Cebu.
Prior to the oath-taking, Gullas recognized Cayetano for the passage of the Central Cebu landscape Act which Gullas said generated jobs for Metro Cebu. Mayor-elect Mike Rama of Cebu City also feted Cayetano for his support to the Cebu City Medical Center and the Vicente Sotto hospital.
Cebu province is a game-changer in elections, considering that it has 2.6 million registered voters on top of the voters from chartered cities such as Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
“Senator Cayetano’s future for national leadership is very bright. With the way he helped the province, he can be assured that we will compensate for it in the future,” Gullas told the crowd.
Cayetano admitted that he has a vision for higher office, but underscored that he can only make such vision happen thru “PR” performance and results.
“They came here for the oath-taking and we haven’t talked about anything about 2016. I will be a hypocrite if I say that I am not flattered that my supporters want me to run for higher office, but rather on going on another campaign, I prefer to buckle down to work first and later see if I am good with PR,” Cayetano told reporters.
On the eve of his oath-taking, Cayetano also hosted a dinner, complete with performers, for his supporters and campaign workers from Cebu and Metro Manila. Cayetano’s backers have declared that Cebu is the new bailiwick of Cayetano and that they are dreaming for the day that their new adopted son will be the next President of the country.
“Anybody who wants to run and win in 2016 have two years to fulfill their promise that they can deliver their programs for the benefit of our people. It should be three years, but we all know that come 2015, there will be jockeying for positions already. The key are performance and results,” Cayetano said.
Those present in Cayetano’s oath-taking include Reps. Benjie Agarao of Laguna, Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna, Romero Quimbo of Marikina, Arlene Bag-ao of Akbayan, Luis Quisumbing of Cebu, Arnel Ty of LPGMA party-list, Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Ronald Llamas, Gov. LRay Villafuerte of Camarines Sur and Gov.-elect Hilario Davide 3rd of Cebu, among others.