(First of a series)
For someone who calls herself a “reluctant politician,” Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani has enabled the key Mindanao metropolis to leap forward.
Only two years into her post, Guiani has reaped awards for the city, although she humbly credits the community and her employees for its endeavors.
The mayor recently claimed the spotlight when she led the opposition to Cotabato City’s inclusion in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through a referendum.
As the “yes” votes prevailed in the plebiscite, Guiani graciously conceded the outcome and said she will support the new region pushed by the Duterte administration for the Bangsamoro people, now that Cotabato is part of it.
“On matters that will affect the city, yes I have to. It is my duty,” she told Manila Standard in an exclusive interview.
In her first year as mayor, Cotabato City jumped from a third-class municipality to a first-class rating, and has been stamped with a seal of good governance. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce also rated it among the top 3 Business-Friendly Cities in the Philippines. (To be continued)
A lawyer by profession, Guiani says she has been discreet in helping the public. (to be continued)
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