UNA is 88.5% Ready for the Elections

The United Negros Alliance (UNA) of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., is already 88.5 percent ready for the 2016 elections.

“We are just still settling some issues,” Marañon said.

He also said he will not be “surprised” if more will come out to run against him for the the province’ top post in 2016.

“In any election, you expect some opponents,” Marañon said yesterday.

The Governor said “that is the strength of democracy.”

Early, this week party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod) said he is ready to run against Marañon if the party, the Love Negros will field him.

Marañon also reiterated his “hands-off” stance on the conflict between Rep. Alejandro Mirasol and Binalbagan Mayor Emmanuel Aranda.

“What is important is the two of them are for Mar Roxas,” he said.

In Himamayalan, he said he will back incumbent Mayor Agustin Bascon who reportedly will go up against Raymond Tongson, the bet of Mirasol in the City.

Senior Board Member Salvador Escalante said their party, UNA, will probably file their candidacies on October 16.

“The commitment of the Governor to the campaign of Sec. Mar is very high and all-out,” Escalante said.

When he says he will field a candidate against those mayors who are not supporting Roxas, he means that somebody will carry him at the local level be it a candidate for mayor, vice mayor, board member or a councilor.”

Pressed if the Governor’s statement is a “form of threat”, Escalante said “it is, he being the Governor.”

“It is a strategy. The Governor is making a stand that his support for Roxas is true. Mar’s offer is once in a lifetime for Negros. We will not see a president who is an Ilonggo,” he pointed out.* (Eugene Y. Adiong)