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Elections Bohol Politics 2010

Campaign on your own merits, not ride on others. 
    This was the advice given by Vice Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera to prospective candidates expected to run in the next election. 
    "Tell the people what you have done and what you can do," the vice governor declared. 
    Herrera issued the statement in response to complaints that prospective candidates either ride on the advocacies of others, imitate the initiatives of their rivals or simply resort to mud-slinging and black propaganda. 
    The vice-governor did not identify what these projects are saying that he wants to give the concerned officials time to check their own people just in case they are not aware of it. 
    "I do not want to give them an excuse that they are not aware of what their subordinates are doing," he added. 
    Herrera said he has been gathering evidence that certain government projects are being used to campaign for specific candidates. 
    "This is immoral and shameful," he added. 
    The vice-governor said that what makes it worse is that the projects being used in the campaign are not even their own brainchild. 
    "They just happen to inherit control over these projects by virtue of their present positions," he added. 
    At the same time, Herrera said he is amused by those who are imitating some of his initiatives particularly the distribution of barangay health worker kits and barangay tanod kits. 
    Lately, he said even the project that he initiated with Gov. Erico Aumentado are being imitated. 
    The vice-governor said he does not mind of his initiatives are being imitated because it means that there will be more beneficiaries. 
    He instead urged other potential candidates to help him in his desire to help coconut farmers. 
    "They have been suffering since the time of the Cocofed anomaly. We need all the help from all concerned sectors for them to recover," the vice governor added. 
    Herrera noted that there is a need to recall what went wrong because this is one way to prevent the poor coconut farmers from being exploited all over again. 
    He added that wherever he goes, coconut farmers particularly the older ones have expressed alarm over the possibility of another collapse in the industry. 
    "They said that the ones who benefited from the coconut industry have not been punished and their acts have not been made public," Herrera noted. 
    The Sangguniang Panlalawigan agriculture committee chairman said he is more concerned about the present conditions but the farmers want a clearer position from the government to assure them that it will not happen again. 
    "I hope that all those who have knowledge on what happened will come out so that we can prevent the scam from happening again," he added. 
    Herrera said that it is better to put things in the proper perspective instead of allowing trouble-makers from exploiting the situation. - Sunday Post

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