6 NPC mayors unopposed: Alvarez sees himself as new Guv-A A +A
Thursday, January 3, 2013
VICE Governor Genaro Alvarez sees an assurance that he will be the new governor of the province in 2013, with six mayors under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) running unopposed in May 2013 polls.
“I believe that on May 13, Negros will have a new governor. I think I will win by not less than 200,000 votes,” Alvarez said Wednesday in an interview.
The unopposed mayors under the NPC, Alvarez said, are Gerardo Valmayor (re-electionist) of San Carlos City, Mayor Ramon Torres (re-electionist) of Bago City, Oscar Montilla (re-electionist) of Sipalay City, John Rey Tabujara (re-electionist) of Cauayan, Enrique Montilla III of Isabela and Miguel Antonio Peña of Pulupandan.
Alvarez foresees to garnering 340,000 votes from these areas where NPC’s mayoralty bets are uncontested.
He said the support of incumbent Congressmen Jules Ledesma (1st district) and Alfredo Benitez (3rd district), daughter Congressman Mercedes Alvarez (6th District) – all of Negros Occidental.
Alvarez also enjoys the support of the majority of the members of the Provincial Board and the city and municipal officials in the province.
“Only the mayor of EB Magalona David Albert Lacson with only about 15,000 voters who supports my opponent is running unopposed. That's only a very minimal percentage compared to 340,000,” Alvarez said, sharing his analysis.
He also said, since he joined politics, he has never lost and in fact always won by big margins over his opponents. The lowest edge he got, he recalled, was 15,000 votes against former Congressman Hortencia Stark. He said that he won by 350,000 votes over former Mayor Enrico Elumba for the Vice Governorship in the last 2010 elections.
“I will win through an honest and peaceful election,” Alvarez said.
Marañon and Alvarez ran in tandem with each other in the 2010 elections under the NPC-United Negros Alliance (NPC-UNA).
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 03, 2013.