Gerry Espina resigns today as mayor of Kawayan town
TACLOBAN CITY – Due to his frail condition, his father, 77-year-old Mayor Gerardo “Gerry” Espina Sr. of Kawayan, Biliran, would be resigning today from public office, said Governor Gerardo Espina Jr. said in an interview.
This latest development over his father’s situation, Espina said, would prove that his father is very much alive contrary to the rumors that are being spread by their political opponents that their father is already dead.
“It is very much inhuman for them to do this to us and to our father… it is not right to spread rumors against somebody, telling that they are dead even they are still alive,” the governor said.
“Although he is sick, he is very much alive and recovering from his illness, after he underwent operation,” he added.
He said they are thankful that their father had surpassed the most crucial part of his life but his recovery is not that fast.
His father’s signing of resignation, according to the governor, would be covered by some media practitioners from Tacloban City and Biliran to prove that he is very much alive.
“This is the only way I think to prove to everybody that we are telling the truth about his status, only media can help us in doing this because media what people look into for information,” he added.
“After he signs his resignation paper, my brother would immediately assume into position as the mayor of Kawayan,” the young governor added.
Kidney-illness caused their father to get sick and this affects his duties as the municipal mayor of Kawayan town, according to the governor.
Gerry Espina Sr. was elected mayor of Kawayan in 2010.
The vice mayor, who is his son Rodolfo Espina, took his position and sits as the acting mayor since November of last year after he relinquished his post when he filed an indefinite leave of absence due to his illness.
As their father resigns from public service, it will be up to them to continue providing public service to the people in the province of Biliran, the governor said.
Rodolfo has filed his certificate of candidacy to run for mayor of Kawayan while he and his other brother would seek for re-election as governor and congressman, Gov. Espina said. (Roel Amazona)
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