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Negros candidates running unopposed




Posted on October 11, 2012


BACOLOD CITY -- Six mayoral candidates and the same number of candidates for vice-mayor in Negros Occidental are running unopposed in the May 2013 elections, records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office show.

In the mayoral race, sure winners are incumbents Ramon Torres of Bago City, John Rey Tabujara of Cauayan, David Albert Lacson of EB Magalona, Isidro Perez Zayco of Kabankalan City, and Gerardo Valmayor, Jr. of San Carlos City as well as neophyte Miguel Peña of Pulupandan.

For vice-mayor, seeking reelection without rival candidates are Delia Anacan of Kabankalan City, Edgar Pagayonan of Manapla, Antonio Suatengco of Pulupandan, Kent Javelosa of Sagay City, and Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares III of Talisay City. La Carlota City Councilor Luis Jalandoni III is also running for vice-mayor unopposed.

NUISANCE CANDIDATE

Bacolod Vice-Mayor Jude Thaddeus A. Sayson, meanwhile, asked the Comelec Tuesday to declare fruit vendor Julius Soriano Sayson as a nuisance candidate.

Julius, 32, of Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City, filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor of Bacolod City shortly before the deadline on Oct. 5.

Mr. Sayson, who is running as mayor under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC)-Grupo Progreso, said Julius does not have the capacity to financially sustain an election campaign since he does not have a business of his own nor a permanent job.

He added that Julius is identified with and may have been fielded by the camp of his opponent, former Rep. Monico Puentevella.

Mr. Puentevella, with his running mate Vladimir S. Gonzalez and their 10 candidates for councilor under the local MKK team filed their certificates of candidacy on Oct. 3.

In the congressional race, six of the seven congressional representatives of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, are seeking reelection.

Bacolod Rep. Anthony Rolando Golez is seeking a second term as an independent candidate against Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia of the NPC.

Other congressmen seeking reelection are NPC’s Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (1st district), Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of the Liberal Party (3rd district), Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer of NPC (4th district), Rep. Alejandro Mirasol of LP (5th district), and Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (6th district). -- Nanette L. Guadalquiver and Chrysee G. Samillano