With the Enhanced Community Quarantine officially extended to last until May 15, 2020, several areas in the country such as Metro Manila, and other neighboring provinces in Luzon will still have to strictly follow ECQ guidelines.
But with local government units (LGUs) burning through funding to support their localities and communities, some are resorting to other means in order to generate cash. In that regard, the Mayor of Kawit, Cavite is charging forward... pun intended.
Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo of Kawit, Cavite has just announced that he is putting his personal 1969 Dodge Charger R/T up for auction.
According to Aguinaldo, he did not hesitate in putting his car up for auction because as Mayor of Kawit, Cavite, it is his duty to provide to his community amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Di po natin alam kung kailan talaga matatapos ang krisis na ito, at bilang inyong alkalde, responsibilidad kong mabigyan kayo ng maayos na pamumuhay. Kaya’t kahit malapit sa puso ko ang sasakyang iyon, ay hindi po ako nag atubiling, ipa-auction ito. Dahil ito po’y bagay na mas makakatulong sa inyong lahat,” said Aguinaldo.
[We do not know when this crisis will actually end, and as your mayor, it is my responsibility to provide you with a good life. So even though that vehicle was close to my heart, I didn't hesitate to auction it. Because this is something that will help you all]
The Mayor of Kawit, Cavite did not go much into details regarding his personal car. What we do know is that it has a HEMI V8 upfront, upgraded Wilwood brakes, American Racing VN420 classic 200S alloy wheels, an all-black exterior, and a tricked-out interior complete with a wooden steering wheel and leather upholstery.
“Kung ano mang salapi ang malikom natin ay ipangdadagdag po natin sa ayuda para sa ating mga Kawitenos, lalong lalo na sa mga senior citizens,” added Aguinaldo.
[If we make any money from this, we will add it to our savings for our Kawitenos, especially for the senior citizens]
According to the Mayor (a descendant of the first President of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo), the private bidding was held last week for the muscle car with a starting price of Php 4.2 million. Currently, the highest bid put on the '69 Charger is now at a cool PhP 5.9 million. The bidding will continue over the weekend and the one with the highest bid gets to buy the '69 Charger.
“Isa po ito sa mga inaalagaan ko kaya napakahirap i-let go. Pero dahil sa problema na kinakaharap natin ngayon na may COVID-19, kailangan talagang i-let go at i-auction natin,” said the Mayor.
[This is one of those things I care about so it's hard to let go. But given the problems we face today with COVID-19, I really have to let it go to auction]