33 candidates running as independents in Bacolod, Negros Occ
October 8, 2012 10:16 am
BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 7 - Thirtythree candidates are running as independent in the 2013 automated synchronized elections. Twenty eight of them are from Bacolod City while six are from the province of Negros Occidental.
Running independent, for congressman, in Bacolod City are incumbent Anthony Rolando Golez Jr., Ely Sergio Palma, and former lawyer-councilor Lyndon Cana.
Relectionist Golez was formerly with Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC)-Grupo Progreso, together with lasttermer mayor Evelio Leonardia, who is now running for congressional post under the party. Thus, local political analysts say, Leonardia is Cong. Golezs close rival.
Challengers for the mayoralty race are former congressman and Sports Commissioner Monico Puentevella and Julio Sayson, a new comer. Puentevella used to ran for mayor but lost his bid. He is said to be the close rival of last-termer vice mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson of NPC Grupo Progreso. The three are new for the posts.
Three independent candidates, who are also new for the vice mayoralty post, are businessman Vladimir Gonzalez, a second timer who loose bid in the first try, Johram Alama, a new comer, and former No. 1 lawyer-councilor Renecito Novero, a third-termer who also lost in his previous try.
Wannabes for councilor seats include Julius Tamayo, Arthur Villadelgado, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Claudio Jesus Raymundo Puentevella, Lorney Dilag, Marlon Solidum, Anna May Altarejos Cueva, Liberato Amante, Joelyn Tison, Teresita Guadalupe, Robert Francis Coscolluela, Pedro Diamante, Hermilo Lizares, Jofelo Cordova, Jose Danilo Lacson, Raymond Fuentes, Genly Carreon, Manuel Huilar Jr., and Ricardo Danoy.
Among the candidates who already had been in the public service are Gamboa, a first-termer councilor who ran for vice mayor but lose bid against the incumbent Sayson. Gamboa was a former son of deceased Assemblyman and former topnotch councilor Wilson Gamboa, Sr., also former Sugar Regulatory Administrator.
In Negros Occidental, except for candidates in the towns and cities, running independent for congressman, in the first district is Leopoldo Sua, a neophyte in the political arena in the province and a farmer; Leonardo Erobas and Ike Barredo for the fourth district. Barredo was a third-termer in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province.
Moreover, contesting for the post of board members are Raul Baterna; Arturo Alvarez and lawyer Ramon Gonzaga. (PNA)
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