By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The United Negros Alliance (UNegA) is committed to ensure safe, peaceful and meaningful elections in the towns of Toboso and Isabela in Negros Occidental, where its members and that of its ally, Love Negros, are expected to clash against each other for various elected positions in next year’s elections.
“The political clashes in Toboso and Isabela will happen despite an alliance between the two political groups,” UNegA secretary general Salvador Escalante Jr. said on Friday, August 27.
“We have already given up in these areas,” the Cadiz City mayor pointed out.
Escalante said Mayor Irene Montilla and Vice Mayor Renato Malabor Jr., who are good standing members of Love Negros and UNegA, respectively, signified their intention to run for the Isabela mayoralty post.
“We have no choice, but to surrender,” Escalante said, adding that it was already set in the local level.
There are 13 mayors of Negros Occidental who are affiliated with UNegA, while the 18 other local chief executives are members of Love Negros.
Escalante said he had already signed and issued Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) to UNegA candidates in Sagay, Himamaylan and La Carlota, and have to sign the CONAs of Cadiz City candidates to UNegA chairman Alfredo Marañon III.
He also reported that Toboso, Manapla and Don Salvador Benedicto and LGUs in the 5th district, which already completed and submitted their CONAs, are expected to be signed also./DGB, WDJ