Congressional bet denies using his father’s death to earn voters' sympathy

April 23, 2013 11:48 pm 

BACOLOD CITY, April 23 — The son of slain Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles denied using his father’s death to earn the sympathy of vote-rich Negros Occidental.

Philip Arles, the candidate of National Unity Party for congressman in sixth district of the province, made this clarification in response to the claims of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez.

Alvarez of Nationalist People’s Coalition is running against re-electionist Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. of United Nationalist Alliance, while her daughter Merdeces is vying against Arles.

“Our family is not a family of politicians. Politics is not our bread and butter, unlike Alvarez,” he stressed in a press conference Tuesday.

“My father’s death has nothing to do with my decision. Before my father was assassinated, I already ran for public office in 2010 but lost (sic),” he added.

For him, politics is “not the most important thing” for their family for he believed that “it will not make difference in our life.”

The Arles family appealed to Alvarez to respect their late father and stop insinuating. (PNA)

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