(Metro News) Ex-Mayor Fresnedi in comeback bid in 2010 polls in Muntinlupa
December 2, 2009 3:14 pm
MANILA, Dec. 2 — Incumbent Mayor Aldrin San Pedro and former three-term Mayor Jaime Fresnedi are set to face each other in the mayoralty race in Muntinlupa City come May 2010.
Seeking reelection, San Pedro filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Monday morning amid much fanfare at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Alabang. Joining him were his running mate, Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, and 16 candidates for councilor.
San Pedro’s bets for District 1 councilors are Vicky dela Rea, Ringo Teves, Bobby Barlis, Dr. Ning Calalang, Alexander Diaz, Val Niefes, Raul Corro and Dr. Amy Patdu.
For District 2, his candidates for councilors are Lovy Constantino, Lito Arevalo, Victor Ulanday, Raffy Joaquin, Marmerto Sevilla, Roberto Abas, Raffy Baez and Grace Gonzaga.
San Pedro said if he gets reelected, he will continue the programs he has started, which are in line with the city government’s plan to be recognized as the next business district in Metro Manila.
“We want more projects for the city that will, in effect, improve the services being provided to the residents as well as guests. Priority will be the rehabilitation of streets, schools and other public buildings that were damaged by the recent typhoons,” he said.
San Pedro's running for reelection under the Lakas-Kampi banner would be facing another “Fresnedi” after he beat former Mayor Fresnedi's wife, Loreta, in the 2007 polls.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party’s Fresnedi and his slate filed their COCs also on Monday.
Fresnedi, who “retired” from politics after serving as Muntinlupa mayor from 1998 to 2007, has challenged openly the incumbent city chief executive to explain the alleged fiscal mismanagement the city had gone through the past two years as reportedly uncovered by the Commission on Audit (COA).
According to him, the current administration has incurred massive debts amounting to P2.5 billion on top of allegations of questionable spending of the city’s funds.
But San Pedro, Fresnedi’s own former vice mayor, brushed off the latter’s tirades as merely part of dirty politics.
“This is just mudslinging,” San Pedro said, adding that his rival had been on the comeback trail as early as June when Fresnedi began making a fuss about the COA audit reports.
San Pedro instead drew a positive sign from the huge throng of supporters clad in green shirts, singing and chanting his name who accompanied him to the local Comelec office.
“They still want me to be (their) mayor,” he reckoned.
As for Fresnedi’s bid to reclaim his post, San Pedro said it is Fresnedi’s right to run for any post.
He added that the projects he introduced to improve Muntinlupa would give him an edge over his rival. (PNA)