BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
This was the call to all Negrenses of former Mayor Esteban “Sonny” Coscolluela, spokesperson of the Macros campaign in Negros Occidental.
With seven days to go before the May 9 elections, Coscolluela said he expects all kinds of gimmicks, from fake news to “patalang” (deceptions).
This also developed as Ferdinand Marcos Jr. still leads in the latest Pulse Asia presidential survey for the period April 16 to 21, with 56 percent of the respondents choosing him compared to 23 percent for his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.
Stressing that “this is already a homestretch,” Coscolluela said there will be only one winner and others will definitely lose.
There is no dead heat like in a horse race. Let us all be either of the two – Magnanimous in victory or gracious in defeat, he added.
Coscolluela declared that the victory of BBM-Sara tandem in Negros is a victory for all Negrenses, stressing that Liza Araneta-Marcos, wife of BBM, is from Bago City, Negros Occidental.
“We will have a person in Malacañang whose heart will be definitely for Negros”, he stressed.
On April 30, members of the Araneta and Ledesma families, described as the two of the biggest families in the Philippines, held a unity in Bacolod City, as they expressed their support for the tandem of Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan.
Coscolluela also re-echoed the statement of Marcos Jr. for their followers to exercise restraint in the political exercise.
This an electoral process, where majority wins. So, let us do this peacefully and graciously, he added.
Coscolluela also called those supporting Robredo in Negros as “elitist.”
“When the going was rough, where were you?” he asked.
They are also showing that there is still a big gap between the rich and the poor, which should not be the case Coscolluela said.
Honestly, this gives Negros a black mark, the former mayor further claimed.
He alleged that majority of the poor in Negros Occidental supports BBM by a mile.
Asked if there is a “class war”, Coscolluela said he does not want to call as such, “but that is a reality”.*