Local candidate confused over Liberal Party’s set up in Negros Oriental

October 28, 2015 5:28 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 27 –- A former mayor in Negros Oriental who is making a comeback in the 2016 polls has expressed concern over the current set up of the Liberal Party in the province.

According to Hector “Tata” Villanueva, a former mayor of Bais City who is contesting that seat in May 2016, the Liberal Party in the 2nd and 3rd districts of Negros Oriental is virtually “naked”.

Villanueva was reacting to queries as to why only the candidate of the 1st congressional district of Negros Oriental was issued a Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) by the party.

Villanueva said his entire ticket, from mayor down to the councilors, got their CONA from the LP in Manila and not from 1st district Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, the provincial chairman of the LP, because it will not be given to them if requested locally, he added.

Villanueva admitted the administration party is “disturbed” about the situation in Negros Oriental where no congressional candidate would be bringing the name of their presidential standard bearer, Mar Roxas, in two districts of the province.

This is except for the assurance of Gov. Roel Degamo and some mayors who are supporters of Roxas.

Of the three cities and five municipalities in the 2nd district, only Villanueva in Bais City and former Tanjay City Mayor Neil Salma were issued CONAs by the Liberal Party while the rest of the mayoralty candidates are either NPC or PDP-Laban members.

He refuted pronouncements this happened because of the coalition between the LP and the NPC, but rather due to the personal choice of the LP provincial chairman.

In fact, former Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo who was the first to organize the Liberal Party in Negros Oriental got his CONA from the PDP-Laban instead of the LP because of what was described as a coalition between Limkaichong and NPC provincial chairman 2nd dist Rep. George P. Arnaiz.

According to Villanueva, the so-called coalition should have been decided by the group including the original members of the administration party, not by two persons only, in saying he cannot even remember if he was invited to such meeting.

This was also confirmed by another LP stalwart, former Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, who believes the coalition in the city is not working. (PNA)

LAP/JFP/JUANCHO GALLARDE

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