Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said patronage politics in fading, and voters are more intelligent today.
He said that while the supporter of his opponent is a “giant”, based on his analysis he will win because voters are intelligent.
He noted that his opponent in the last election, former Gov. Rafael Coscollluela, was stronger than Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez who is challenging him for the governorship.
The governor said a more superior campaign machinery is one that is run people who volunteer to do so because of love of province, country and people, not one that is merely ran on money.
Meanwhile, the United Negros Alliance said in a press release that it is very obvious that the rival of Marañon Jr. cannot take criticisms as he resorted to below-the-belt reactions in a paid political radio interview yesterday.
In an interview with dyEZ MBC, Avarez, described Marañon as “fungus faced”, while he referred to himself as “flawless” and “baby face” in reaction to an earlier statement from UNA calling him a “cry baby” and onion-skinned, the press release said.
“When emotions run high people show their true colors. In the first place, the Honorable Vice Governor was referred to as a “cry baby”, and not baby-faced,” the press release added.
Alvarez probably cannot accept the painful truth that, during the debate, more people were impressed by the track record and the platform of government of Marañon, it added.
Earlier, Alvarez criticized Marañon for “dirty politics”.
“We no longer want to belabor answering the vice governor's claims regarding dirty politics, except to say that engaging in dirty politics is not the style of Governor Marañon,” UNA spokesperson Pauline Tumonong-Nuega said in the press release.
The clear black propaganda and dirty politics that we know of, was when the office of a rival released to media digitally-generated graphics showing Gov. Marañon with a kangaroo, she added. In fact, in the next round, another set of manipulated photos showing Gov. Marañon plowing a field using sheep was also suspected to come from the office of the vice governor, the press release said.
On Alvarez's claims that Marañon is also onion-skinned because he filed a libel suit against Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña before the Escalante Regional Trial Court, Nuega said it was the right thing to do.
“So much had been said against the good Governor. We all know that foul language begets foul language. But we do not want to stoop down to that level, that's why we resorted to elevating the innuendoes and foul language before an independent arbiter which is the court,” she also said in the press release.*