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Peña urges boxing
match, not debate


Instead of a debate, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. should end their political stand-off with a friendly boxing match, Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña said yesterday in a press release from his office.

Peña said in the press release that “If the governor has dared the vice governor to a debate, it is my humble suggestion that this time, in order to put an end to this long-time political stand-off between the two, the vice-governor should challenge the governor to a friendly boxing match in front of the carabaos in the lagoon.”

Marañon and Alvarez have announced that they are both running for governor of Negros Occidental next year with full slates, which is expected to breakup the once formidable United Negros Alliance.

This week Marañon challenged Alvarez to a debate over loans made by his administration for various projects, but the vice governor said it was not necessary as they can discuss the matter within the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

“Surely, this match will provide entertainment in the province,” Peña said in his press release

The simmering clash between the governor and the vice-governor has created a volatile political situation in the province, added Peña, who is a nephew of the vice governor.

Both camps should exert effort in preserving the unity of UNA and prevent animosity among the mayors of the various towns and cities in Negros Occidental, Peña said in the press release.*

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