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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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‘Show of force’ belittled

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday brushed aside the staging of “show of force” by the Nationalist People’s Coalition for the tandem of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. and former Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson, NPC gubernatorial and vice-gubernatorial bets, respectively, during the recent 1st district barangay assembly in San Carlos City.

Presenting a show is easy, but how to define the force is difficult, Marañon said.

The barangay assembly in San Carlos City, that, as claimed by its organizers, was attended by about 5,000 people, was led by Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (Neg. Occ., 1st District), who rallied his constituents to support the Alvarez-Lacson tandem.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Liberal Party provincial chairman, has vehemently denied claims that the LP is no longer supporting the tandem of Alvarez and Lacson in the May 13 elections.

Marañon, however, refused to issue further comments on the barangay assembly. He used to be the NPC provincial chairman, before he was replaced by Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, who endorsed the Alvarez-Lacson tandem.

The cities of Kabankalan and San Carlos have the most number of registered voters in Negros Occidental, with 87,845 and 72,028, respectively.

The 6th district, which is perceived to be the bailiwick of Alvarez, ranked third among the six political districts in the province that has a total of 232,403 voters, Comelec records show.*GPB

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