Rep. Arnaiz, NPC slate for Board Members in 2nd district file COCs

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 3 –- Rep. George Arnaiz of the 2nd district of Negros Oriental on Wednesday formally filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) seeking a re-election in the May 2013 polls.

Arnaiz, if re-elected in 2013, will be serving his last term as House Representative.

Rep. Arnaiz, who is the provincial chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), was joined later by his complete slate of Board Members for the 2nd district, who also filed their COCs.

They are incumbent Board Members Erwin Michael Macias and Melimoore Saycon, former Board Member Mariant Escaño Villegas and Atty. Rommel Erames, formerly of the Dumaguete City Council.

The congressman dispelled rumors spreading ahead of the five-day COC filing that he was instead seeking a comeback as governor of Negros Oriental rather than clinching again the current position he has held for two terms already.

Arnaiz was governor of Negros Oriental for three terms before he became a member of the House of Representatives.

According to Arnaiz, he is supporting the gubernatorial bid of former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves, who is set to file his COC on Friday, together with his running mate, incumbent Vice Governor Apolinario Arnaiz, Jr.

The congressman also disclosed that as far as the 2nd district is concerned, the NPC slate for mayors have all been filled up.

Except for one, the mayoralty bets in the district represented by Rep. Arnaiz are all incumbents seeking re-election, namely: Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria of the province’s capital, Dumaguete City; Mayor Marcela Bartoces of Sibulan; Mayor Carmelo Remollo of San Jose; Mayor Bentham dela Cruz of Amlan; Mayor Lawrence Teves of Tanjay City; Mayor Apollo Arnaiz of Pamplona and Mayor Ernesto Uy of Mabinay. Mercy Goñi of Bais City will be the official mayoral candidate of the NPC, and is seen to be pitted against former Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva who is expected to make a comeback.

Also expected to contest the congressional seat in the 2nd district of Negros Oriental are incumbent Mayor Karen Villanueva of Bais City and Raul Aniñon, whose disqualification from the May 2010 electoral race was filed by Rep. Arnaiz.

Arnaiz back then filed the disqualification against the rival candidate to declare him a “nuisance candidate” and strike his name out of the official ballot.

However, Rep. Arnaiz on Wednesday morning said he is no longer interested this time in filing a disqualification complaint against Aniñon. (PNA)

LAP/JFP

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