Huwebes, Oktubre 15, 2015
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BAYAMBANG – A feng shui expert told a billionaire-mayoralty bet here that October 13 was a lucky date to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Election (Comelec).
Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment.
Business tycoon Cezar S. Quimbao said that he should be filing his CoC on October 12 to avoid October 13, that represents misfortune, because of a business trip abroad on October 14.
“ Sabi sa akin ng feng shui master, sir Quimbao mag file kayo, 13 is a good day from 9 Am to 11 (Am) so nakita ninyo ho nag file kami. Nag simba kami,” he told media men and his supporters at a press conference held at his Royal Mall here an hour after he and his ticket filed their CoCs at the Comelec.
He said the feng shui expert told him October 13 showed that he would be changing his career from being a businessman to a politician.
“Pero hindi ako magiging traditional politician. If ever given a chance magalit na kung sino magalit, gagawin natin kung ano ang nararapat, wala akong vested interest sa pulitika,” he told the roaring and applauding crowd.
Quimbao had already gave hundreds of millions of pesos to this first class town’s coffer as business taxes after he registered here his mammoth businesses like Strategic
Alliance Holdings Inc , U.S $80 million Build-Own-Operate’s Land Transportation Office-Information Technology’s Stradcom project , U.S$ 120 million Lares computerization of the Land Registration Authority, and others that are mostly based in Manila.
In one of these years he paid P20 million in business taxes that this town’s used to buy several heavy equipments like bulldozers and funded some infrastructure projects.
He was known to bankroll the mayoralty victory of Mayor Leocadio de Vera in 1997‘s election and supported incumbent Mayor Ricardo Camacho during the latter earlier term in office.
But his relationship with the mayor turned sour when the latter was implicated to a series of corruption issues.
Quimbao sued Camacho at the Ombudsman after this town Councilor Levin Uy discovered at a seminar in Baguio City that Camacho approved the released of P1,896 million from the coffer to pay the 8,000 grills for an 8 kilometers interconnected grills that Quimbao had already paid in the town’s bid for the Guinness World Record’s longest grill during the fiesta’s street grilling with 112,000 pieces of freshwater fishes.