Negros Occidental Gov. Joseph Maraņon yesterday said he will not
meddle in Bacolod politics.
Maraņon issued the statement when asked if he would discourage
from seeking public office, former Bacolod police chief Vicente
Ponteras who announced that he is running for mayor of the city
as an independent.
"Everybody is free to run, I don't discourage or encourage
(people to run)," he said. Maraņon is provincial chairman of the
Nationalist People's Coalition of which incumbent Mayor Evelio Leonardia
is a member.
But Maraņon said that, since Bacolod is a highly urbanized
city, nomination of its official candidates come from the NPC national
"I have nothing to do with the political situation in Bacolod
City and I do not intend to meddle," he said.*CPG
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