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NPC to fill vacancy for BM
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The Nationalist Peoples Coalition in Negros Oriental is now choosing a replacement for the late Board Member Rotelio Lumjod to strengthen the party and fill the vacuum left behind by his death.

The names of former board member Mariant Escaño Villegas, former city councilor Rommel Erames, Tentio Perdices and Lumjod’s daughter Fretzie cropped up.

But for two incumbent members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Councilor Mercy Goñi of Bais City is best to serve the remaining term of Lumjod.

Board Member Angelo Teves, who is from Bais City, said Goñi is the unanimous choice of their leaders and supporters in Bais, and pointed out that it is the only city in the second district that does not have an NPC mayor.

He said it could not be Villegas because she was clearly with Lakas party when she filed her certificate of candidacy for vice governor in the last election, while in the case of Erames, there are questions about the loyalty of his father, incumbent BM Saleto Erames, whom Teves claimed was not with them when they needed him to support their stand on certain issues at the provincial board.

As for Lumjod’s daughter, Board Member Erwin Michael Macias said it is not a private property that can be inherited, and made it clear that he does not want to pre-empt Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District).

The two NPC members, however, also said the final decision will come from Arnaiz, in consultation with the mayors in the district.

The issue is expected to be resolved next week after the NPC Christmas party that Teves and Macias will attend.*JG

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