“NO MALICE at all.”
This was the reaction of Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran after the Abang Lingkod party-list and its supporters failed to use the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports Center (Bays) during their opening salvo on Tuesday, February 12.
Party-list Representative Stephen Paduano along with second nominee Eric Saratan and Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez held a caravan from Barangay Bata to the major thoroughfares of Bacolod and converged at the Talisay City public plaza for a program.
Paduano said they secured a permit from the Permits and Licensing Division in Bacolod City to use the Bays Center for the launching of the group as well as the candidacy of former special assistant to the president Christopher Lawrence Go from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
He said they were surprised that the job order personnel assigned at the Bays Center disallowed them to enter because they were allegedly putting up a tarpaulin of the Bacolod City officials.
“They have issued a permit for us for the Abang Lingkod and SAP Bong Go’s opening salvo, but despite that, they disallowed us and we do not know their reason,” he added.
Paduano also questioned the putting up of the tarpaulins of the local officials inside the Bays Center since the local campaign will start in March.
“It is illegal under the law since the local campaign will start in March. They posted the tarpaulins of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Familiaran and Congressman Gasataya,” he said.
Paduano’s lawyer already filed a complaint to the Commission on Elections in Bacolod City.
Familiaran also said he does not know the reason why the party-list failed to use the Bays Center since they have a permit.
“They have a permit so they can use the area,” he said.
Familiaran recalled he was an acting mayor when their representative processed their permit where he suggested him to remove the Abang Lingkod in the permit because he was thinking that local campaign will start in March.
“But two days after, I called him to change their letter (to include the name of Abang Lingkod) to avoid misinterpretation because they are a national candidate and its campaign will start February 12, but he replied that it’s no need to change it and its okay for them,” he said.
Familiaran said, “I even helped him, no malice at all. We do not have an intent to embarrass them.”
He said their tarpaulins inside the Bays Center is also in support to the candidacies of Go and Congressman Zahid Mangudadatu, it’s an old tarpaulin and it’s not campaign materials. (MAP)