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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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LP bets dominate MKK

Mayoralty candidate and former Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella presented yesterday the members of his slate dominated by members of the Liberal Party.

The MKK Team (Magbinuligay Kita sa Kauswagan) is composed of vice mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzalez of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), and their candidates for councilor, LP chairman emeritus Andy Hagad and city chairman Frank Carbon,

Former councilors Jocelle Batapa Sigue and Ana Marie Palermo, both LP members; Wilson Gamboa Jr. (Nationalista Party), lawyer Bong Dilag of PDP-Laban; May Cueva (non-government organization), mediamen Marlon Solidum and Ray Carmona (LP), and Puentevella’s son, Claude, who represents the youth sector.

Puentevella said they will reveal their two mystery candidates when they file their certificates of candidacy tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. He said one of them is female and the other is a male lawyer.

MKK is a coalition of the LP-PDP-Laban and NP and their group is a mixture of businessmen, lawmakers, youth and people who have experience, he added.

Puentevella, who ran under the Lakas Party in 2010, said he is running as an independent candidate although three parties have invited him.

Gonzalez said they have a very good and dynamic team which is offering transparent and consultative politics. He lost the mayoralty race in the 2010 elections with Gamboa as his running mate.

Puentevella said he has chosen Gonzalez over former Vice Mayor Renecito Novero and his former party mate Councilor Archie Baribar as his running mate after consulting with his family, barangay captains and many people.

He said his choice of Gonzalez is more on the business side because they want to bring in more investors to Bacolod.

Both of them are in the memorial park business, as the family of Puentevella owns Rolling Hills Memorial Park while Gonzales owns Santuario de Bacolod.

Gonzalez thanked Puentevella for his confidence in him inspite all the opposition, he said.

Asked about his relationship with the Group of Baribar, which include Councilor El Cid Familiaran, Sonya Verdeflor and Elmer Sy, Puentevella said he loves them and he wishes them good luck.

Meanwhile, Batapa-Sigue presented the team’s vision and agenda during a press conference yesterday. She said their first agenda is good governance which is participatory and consensus-oriented.

Batapa Sigue is the chairman of the National Committee on Information Technology, while Palermo was formerly with the Pubic Attorney’s Office, and former City Legal officer, and a three-termer councilor of Bacolod.

Hagad, Batapa-Sigue, Dilag and Palermo are lawyers.

Carbon is the president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while Dilag is an ex-seminarian, law professor and former officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Carmona is the anchorman of “Banwa Binagbinaga” program over DYAF Radyo Veritas, while Solidum hosts “Singgit Bacolod” over cable TV.

Cueva has been involved in community service for 12 years, while Claude Puentevella is a former athlete who represented the city in the Palarong Pambansa.*CGS

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