Alvarez, Lacson file COC-A A +A
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
NATIONALIST People’s Coalition (NPC) gubernatorial bet Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez with running mate Eugenio Lacson, filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office Monday.
Representative Mercedes Alvarez, daughter of the vice governor, also filed her COC for her reelection in the sixth district.
Board Member Emilio Yulo III was also with Alvarez at the Comelec provincial office Monday and filed his COC for congressman in the fifth district.
Some candidates for board members under Alvarez’s ticket also joined in filing their COCs Monday, namely Patrick Lacson (re-electionist) and Johnna Ko for the Third District, Renato Malabor and Janet Villafranca of the Fifth District and Helen and Pedro Zayco (re-electionists) for the Sixth District.
Alvarez said other candidates for board members under NPC will be joining their candidates for congressmen.
Alvarez said the top post of the province could be his destiny.
Before he became vice governor, Alvarez said he served for seven years as a member of the Provincial Board and 12 years as congressman of the sixth district.
"I never thought to reach this position and be in a situation right now where I would be engaged in such a very stiff political rivalry against a friend and former party mate,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez said it was satisfying on his part to have delivered government projects that had provided great service and uplifted the living condition of the people.
"Before it took several hours about five hours from Kabankalan to Hinobaan but because of the concrete roads that are now in place, it would only take you about two hours to reach Hinobaan from Kabankalan City," Alvarez said.
Aside from roads and bridges, Alvarez said he initiated several projects in the sixth district like tourism, hospitalization, and scholarship programs.
Take on Maranon's challenge for a debate
Alvarez also said he is ready for a debate challenged by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
He said he agrees with Marañon that they should only present programs for the people of Negros rather than throw issues against each other.
However, he said their debate should be held at the Provincial Board because it would not be proper for both of them holding it at the public plaza or at the provincial Capitol Lagoon.
Also with Alvarez when they filed their COC's Monday were Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña and his brother Bonifacio Pena, former Board Member Angelito Colmenares and Board Member Renato Gustilo.
Support for Yulo
At the same time, Alvarez confirmed his support for Board Member Emilio Yulo III, who will have a return bout against his uncle, Representative Alejandro Mirasol.
But Alvarez said that he will discuss the matter with Representative Albee Benjtez, provincial chair of the Liberal Party (LP) in the province.
Probe on the P200 million livestock project
Meanwhile, Alvarez revealed Monday that the Provincial Board (PB) will come up with a resolution asking Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, to appear before the PB and bring the documents and list of beneficiaries and the total population of the sheep and cattle purchased by the Provincial Government using the P200-million loan.
"I don't think it's justified that 400 sheep died after they were attacked by the dogs. That cost us P20,000 for each of those sheep that died," Alvarez said.
He said that the members of the Provincial Board along with the members of the media may visit the provincial farm.(Teresa D. Ellera)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 02, 2012.