Former Iligan City Mayor Franklin Quijano has been endorsed by PDP (Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas) top party leaders and ideologues and chief executives in Mindanao, describing him as the “right Mindanaoan who can handle the job.”
Quijano was in Manila Friday when the PDP group of leaders from various regions in Mindanao made a press conference in Davao City to inform the media that “there is a Mindanaoan more than qualified to be the DILG Secretary.”
Quijano nonetheless sent his voice mail thanking Davao City mediamen.
Mayors in Mindanao are also coming out their statements of support to Quijano, who served Iligan City for two terms, from 1998 to 2004. He is a lawyer.
Atty. Dimnatang Bl. Pansar, mayor of the war-torn Butig, Lanao del Sur, sent his expression of support to Quijano.
Pansar recalled that Quijano rushed to Butig when it flared up recently in armed conflict between extremists and government troopers to establish lines of communications among stakeholders for relief and conflict management.
Former North Cotabato Vice Governor and PDP XII secretary general Jose Tuburan said that Quijano “can navigate very well among Muslims and Christians in Mindanao, an ambassador and statesman for the entire country.”
Tuburan said that “Franklin is the man” and “a not so partisan figure” for the DILG, which he said is a political office “not fitted for (ex-Sec. Raffy) Alunan na military kaayo ang utak.”
“Alunan is recycled one, (Francis) Tolentino is good in traffic, Bongbong Marcos is too much of a controversy, but Quijano knows best, has legal mind, performance, he is more than qualified, but most of all he is a Mindanaoan and an advocate for federalism, and a friend of President Duterte” said Felix Lopez, a top PDP official in Bukidnon. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)
Atty. Quijano arrived in Davao City on Saturday and talked with Davao City reporters and bloggers.