By LITO RULONA
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino Jaraula has declared again that he would not seek reelection next year.
Jaraula said neither would he run for congressman.
“I already spent 40 years in public service and I have lost my excitement to be back in Congress. Samot nga nga dili na ako magpapili pagka-mayor. I am retiring,” said Jaraula.
The mayor’s recent pronouncements were similar to what he said during a news conference at Hotel Koresco in December 2007. He said then that he would retire and that he would not run for mayor. Three months later, he was in the race for the city’s mayoral post and he subsequently won.
Jaraula said this following reports that former councilor Juan Sia mended his political ties with Vice Mayor Vicente Emano and that the Chinese-Filipino politician gifted the ex-mayor with a manifesto signed by some 72 barangay officials. Sia said the manifesto was made because Jaraula supposedly revealed that he would seek reelection and the village leaders want Emano to run for mayor again.
Jaraula said he would not seek reelection because of health reasons.
He also said he was disappointed over the present system of government, particularly on the unabated corruption and the imbalance of power.
“After my term, I will stay with the academe and continue studying the present Constitution,” he said.