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Couple eyeing Binalbagan top posts

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Vice Mayor Eric Matulac, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, and Mayor Marvin Malacon (l-r, seated) at the meeting of the Asenso Tumandok leaders in EB Magalona yesterday* GPB photo

A new twist in politics is about to take place in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, after incumbent Mayor Alejandro Mirasol yesterday announced that his wife, Mary Ann, will be his running mate in the May 2022 elections.

Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, whose term of office will end on June 30 next year, will run as second nominee of the Abang Lingkod party-list group, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon said yesterday.

Mirasol said the incumbent Binalbagan vice mayor, Ursecio Inodeo, who replaced the late VM Samuel Gavaran, will run for councilor of the town.

He also announced his support for the tandem of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, whose performance he rated 9 to 10, from a scale of one to 10, as well as the re-election of Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo.

Mirasol justified the fielding of his wife, as his running mate, stressing that she is more than qualified.

Mary Ann Mirasol was defeated by Emmanuel Aranda for the Binalbagan mayoralty post during the 2016 elections. Three years after, Alejandro Mirasol prevailed over Aranda for the same position.

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Aranda was reported to be running again as mayor of Binalbagan, in next year’s elections. He and Mirasol are both members of the United Negros Alliance.

Aside from Mirasol, Malacon, San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo and Silay City Mayor Mark Golez have formally announced their support for the Lacson-Ferrer tandem, in the wake of reports that former Bacolod Rep. John Orola, who is now a voter of Salvador Benedicto, may challenge Lacson for the gubernatorial post.

During a meeting of Asenso-Tumandok leaders in EB Magalona, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez also confirmed his re-election bid for the 3rd district congressional post.

Malacon also expressed the support of Saraviahanons to the re-election bids of Benitez, that of Palanca as second nominee of Abang Lingkod, its number one nominee Stephen Joseph Paduano, and Board Members Andrew Montelibano and Manuel Frederick Ko.*

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