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BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Nationalist People’s Coalition mayoralty bets in southern Negros expressed Wednesday their commitment to ensure the victory of NPC gubernatorial bet Genaro Alvarez Jr. and his running mate, former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in the May 13 elections.

NPC provincial chairman Isidro Zayco said that he will do his utmost for the a landslide victory of the Alvarez-Lacson tandem in Kabankalan City that have about 87,000 registered voters

Zayco, who is running unopposed as mayor of Kabankalan City, said he had overwhelmingly won in the 2010 elections, with only about 700 who did not vote for him.

Aside from Zayco, Hinobaan Mayor Teresa Bilbao, Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla and Cauayan Mayor John Rey Tabujara are also running unopposed in the 2013 elections.

Led by Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, the six mayors of southern Negros, also known as the CHICKS (Cauayan-Hinobaan-Ilog- Candoni-Kabankalan-Sipalay) area were among the awardees honored by the Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion, in recognition of their support to their peace and development campaign in the area.

Mayor John Rey Tabujara admitted that while he cannot deliver a landslide victory for Alvarez and Lacson in Cauayan, he is optimistic that they will win in the town.

Bilbao, Candoni Mayor Jechonias Manzano, who is a Nacionalista Party member, and Sipalay Vice-Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizarez, who represented her brother, Mayor Oscar Montilla, at the 47IB turnover of command ceremony, also said that they will do their best for the Alvarez-Lacson tandem.

The two sons of Vice Governor Alvarez, Genaro III and John Paul, are also running for mayor and vice mayor of Ilog, respectively. His daughter, Mercedes, seeking re-election as a congresswoman of the 6th district.

Board Members Pedro Zayco and Helen Zafra, who are also seeking re-election as members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, are also NPC members.

Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres, Valladolid Mayor Rommel Yogore and Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Pena, former San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara, all NPC members, earlier also re-affirmed their support to the Alvarez-Lacson tandem, with 60 barangay captains of the 4th district of Negros Occidental.*GPB

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