BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
It will be a five-cornered fight for the position of congressman of Bacolod City with three more aspirants filing their Certificates of Candidacy (COC’s) on the last day of filing yesterday.
Re-electionist Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, who had declared that he is running as a neutral candidate under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), will be running against engineer Narciso San Miguel of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, and independent candidates, namely businessman Danny Atayde, retired policeman Wilfredo David, and Romy Gustilo.
The five other candidates for councilor who also filed their COC’s yesterday were former number one Bacolod councilor Ricardo Tan, who is running under the Aksyon Demokratiko; Lorenzo Ruben Contreras; and independent candidates Fermin Nacionales, engineer Vicente Gico, and educator Kenneth Ian Belario.
The aspirants bared their plans for Bacolod City, as well as the local or national candidates they plan to support. They also signed the 2022 national and local elections integrity pledge at the Commission on Elections – Bacolod Satellite Office.
San Miguel of Brgy. Alijis said he was a nominee of the Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development (APPEND) Partylist. He was also campaign manager and secretary general of the partylist.
He is offering himself as an alternative candidate, he said, noting that “every election we call for change but what we see is just a change in alliances. We have no new ideas.”
Atayde was former consultant of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation. He is also the uncle of actor Anjo Atayde and actress Coleen Garcia.
He said he pushing for the establishment of the Bacolod Economic Zone that will help provide employment and lure more investors to come to Bacolod City. He is running for congressman because his goal is to help the city especially with the pandemic that has cost the lives of many and has left many people jobless.
David, on the other hand, said he will be the voice of the people in Congress and that his slogan is “A new hope for a better Bacolod.” He also ran for Bacolod mayor in 2016.
He said he will bring a big change to the city in terms of law enforcement with his assignment in the Internal Affairs Services of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame.
David said he is supporting the candidacy of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and for the local candidates, he is for the Grupo Progreso led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
Meanwhile, Tan, who was assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication and owner of the Campuestohan Highland Resort, said he is running as an independent candidate for councilor of Bacolod under the Aksyon Demokratiko party of Moreno.
Tan said he has been invited by two big political parties in Bacolod but still decided to file independently since he believes he will be supported by the people and because he can work independently.
He dreams of going back to the City Council as a representative of the people he has sworn to serve, after consulting with his family. Serving the people of Bacolod is his passion, he said.
Tan said he is supporting Moreno for president because he has political will, which is his style. As of now, he does not want to reveal the local candidates he will be supporting. But definitely, he will be supporting a mayoralty candidate.
He will also support a candidate for congressman and that whoever he will be supporting will swing the balance of the outcome of politics in Bacolod City, he added.*