Liberal Party in Bacolod presents slate-A A +A
Thursday, September 27, 2012
THE Liberal Party (LP)-Bacolod chaired by Frank Carbon announced Wednesday its 11 candidates for councilor in the City of Bacolod.
The candidates are Edwin Balajadia, lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Frank Carbon, Ray Carmona, El Cid Familiaran, lawyer Andy Hagad, lawyer Ana Marie Palermo, Elmer Sy, lawyer Sonya Verdeflor and Tony Wong, according to Butch Ebreo.
Councilor Archie Baribar, a practicing lawyer, was included in the list but did not show up, as he said he attended a court hearing.
Asked what position he will seek, Baribar said: "We are still discussing it. I will decide on the filing date. If I will run for vice mayor, I will run as an independent candidate because the LP will not field a candidate for vice mayor, mayor and congressman. In terms of percentage in my plan to run for vice mayor, I am giving it a more than even chance."
Ebreo confirmed that the LP will not field official candidates for congressman, mayor and vice mayor.
Hagad said the LP in Bacolod was formed only in 2010 and they could not afford yet to field candidates for mayor, vice mayor and congressman.
"Our decision is to field candidates for councilor. It was the idea of Councilor Familiaran that, if we will field candidates for councilor, we will put a very strong slate that the majority of the group will win. It would be better that the mayor, congressman and vice mayor will not come from our group so that there will be no connivance in both the legislative and executive branches of government. Knowing our weaknesses, let us put it as our strength. Let us field very good candidates and get the majority votes of our people and let's check and balance the way democracy works," he said.
He added that Bacolod City is a free zone. "We will just follow our conscience in our choice for the top position. When elections are over and majority of us win, we will regroup and work as one. We have many roads to take but we only have to reach one destination."
The partnership between the LP and Nationalist People's Coalition will only be good for the position of governor and up, according to Hagad.
"We are free where to align and join in the local positions," he said.
Carbon said it is high time the business sector will have a voice in the City Council.
He said he entered politics as he wants to effect change in the local level, and he saw the sincerity of President Benigno Aquino III to effect change. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 27, 2012.