Political party convention results in deadlock

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

THE United Negros Alliance’s (UNA) meeting on Thursday that was supposed to pave the way for its final choice of candidate for the province's 5th district congressional special poll has ended in a deadlock.

This was after Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol and his nephew, 5th District Board Member Dino Yulo, disagreed how the voting will be conducted.

Both Mirasol and Yulo will run in the said special election set on June 9.


Earlier, the Commission on Elections has approved the special election in the 5th district of Negros Occidental to fill the vacant post left by Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo who died last January in London.

The disagreement during the convention was triggered by Yulo’s wanting to conduct the voting through “checking” while Mirasol wanted that the name should be written on the ballot.

But there were also reports that the disagreement stemmed from the reported “grease money” that was distributed prior to the convention that led Yulo to call off the meeting and declare that he is running for the post.

"There was deadlock," this was how Yulo justified the calling off of the convention.

"I just wanted to protect the sanctity of the ballot. We reached a deadlock on the ballot. There were two contending proposals. I wanted to conduct it through checking because I believe it is more accurate," Yulo said.

The result of the convention is one factor being considered before UNA can come up with the decision between Mirasol and Yulo who will be chosen by UNA as official candidate, as earlier stated by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., head of the said dominant political party in the province.

It will also be the deciding factor on who will be supported by the clan of Yulo and Mirasol.

Yulo said that since the convention will no longer push through, both agreed to go on with what each wanted to do.

“What will happen is we both will run," Yulo, a member of the Nacionalista Party said.

Yulo dismissed any possibility of an agreement between him and his uncle.

"We have tried all efforts for us to reach a common ground. We will just be ready for what destiny has for both of us,” he said.

Mirasol, in an interview, also confirmed the stalemate, “but we will resolve it between the two of us,” he said.

“We will see what will transpire in the next days,” said the Binalbagan mayor.

The filing of candidacy is set on May 23.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 24, 2012.

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