Alvarez foresees victory with Cojuangco’s endorsement

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Saturday, September 22, 2012


NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez said he foresees a victorious bid for the gubernatorial post in the 2013 elections with the endorsement of former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco.

This as reports persists that 20 Negros mayors will join the oath-taking ceremonies Saturday of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) which is apparently a show of force.

In the press conference held Friday at the L’ Fisher Hotel, Alvarez said he is thankful for the open endorsement by Cojuangco.

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A videotape of the August 30 meeting of leaders of the United Negros Alliance (UNA) in Manila was played for the media during the conference.

Cojuangco is also expected to endorse today the tandem of Alvarez and former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Lacson.

He said his optimism is a result of his political record showing that he was undefeated in all political contests that he engaged in.

Alvarez first ran for provincial board member in the late 80s and was later elected as congressman of the 6th district for a total of 18 years.

He ran in the 2010 election as vice governor to incumbent Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

When asked for his message to Marañon with their inevitable showdown in 2013, Alvarez said, “Let us keep it a friendly fight.”

For his part, Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, provincial chairman of the NPC here, said everything is all set for the NPC mass oath-taking today.

He added that around 400 people running for elective posts in the next year’s elections will join the oath-taking.

This as reports persists that only about eleven mayors will remain with Marañon while 20 will reportedly join NPC.

Reports revealed that Provincial Board Member Dino Yulo (5th District) will be the NPC’s official bet in his return bout against incumbent Congressman Alejandro Mirasol (5th District), who belongs to the Liberal Party and is reportedly backing Marañon.

In the 2nd District, NPC will reportedly field former Provincial Board Member Gary Acuña against Sagay City Mayor Rafael Cueva.

Representative Alfredo Marañon III (2nd District), who is on his last term, will face former Sagay City Councilor Narwin Javelosa for the mayorship.

Reports also said that Bacolod Lawyer Jomax Ortiz will be fielded by NPC against Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlen de la Cruz, who stated his support for Marañon.

Ortiz applied for transfer of residency with the Don Salvador Benedicto Comelec office, but his application was opposed and the opposition was upheld. Ortiz has contested the local Comelec’s ruling.

Meanwhile, other mayors identified with Marañon who will be challenged by NPC candidates also include San Enrique Mayor Mario Magno, who will be challenged by the town’s former mayor Dr. Jilson Tubillara and Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano, who is set to be challenged by former mayor Carlo Gamban.

NPC is reportedly fielding former Silay City Mayor Edwin Velez for board member of the second district.

In Cadiz City, incumbent mayor Patrick Escalante will be facing former Cadiz City Mayor Eddie Boy Varela; Moises Padilla Mayor will be challenged by Ella Garcia-Yulo, daughter of former Moises Padilla Mayor Jose Garcia.

Expected to come out in the open today with their support for Alvarez are Representatives Alfredo Benitez (3rd District), Jules Ledesma (1st District) and Mercedes Alvarez (6th District), while Representtaive Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) is yet to announce whom he will support. (Teresa D. Ellera)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 22, 2012.

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