• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Mayor Raymund Tongson attributed the current progress and development in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, to the “strong unity in the local government that always supports them.”
Tongson was reacting to pronouncements of Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao, who reiterated his commitment to their tandem amid rumors that the latter will be running for mayor in 2025.
He thanked Gatuslao for his “continuing support to their tandem.”
“This is good for Himamaylanons,” Tongson stressed.
As to the rumors that Gatuslao will be running against him in the mayoralty race, Tongson said all these “have been circulating in Himamaylan ever since we took over the reins of City Hall.”
Gatuslao, in an earlier statement, described the rumors as “fanciful nonsense.”
The vice mayor denied rumors that he will be running against Tongson, his ally since the 2019 elections, when they ran under one group and won.
“I laughed off these rumors because these do not deserve my time,” he said.
Gatuslao also assured Tongson that he is “not running against him and their tandem will remain strong.”
“My commitment to our tandem is strong. Our tandem has a proven track record of delivering a positive impact for Himamaylan,” he said.
While he admitted that “there are some internal differences,” Gatuslao however said “these are easily resolved.”*