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Alvarez set to push  
Kabankalan upgrade

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, who was proclaimed congresswoman of the sixth district of Negros Occidental for a second term, yesterday said that, among her priorities, will be the conversion of Kabankalan into a highly-urbanized city.

Alvarez of the Nationalist People’s Coalition won with 101,834 votes against Philip Arles of the United Negros Alliance, who had 53,366 votes.

She said Kabankalan has the land area and income, they are just trying to determine the population needed for it to qualify as a highly-urbanized city.

As a highly-urbanized city, Kabankalan will be autonomous of the provincial government with its residents no longer voting for provincial government officials. It will also have its own congressman, she said.

Meanwhile, Alvarez said she has no regrets about the campaign leading to the May 13 elections.

I have no mud in my mouth, I did not say anything bad about our political opponents, she said.

At least we’re much happier that the Department of Justice has dismissed the murder complaints against our family, she said.

The DOJ dismissed the complaints against her father, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., and brother, Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, for the murder of Judge Henry Arles.

The congresswoman said they are also happy about the high number of votes her brothers got in Ilog that shows that the people of the town love them.

Her brother, Genaro Rafael Alvarez, was elected mayor and John Paul as vice mayor.

She said her father, who lost his gubernatorial bid to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., was “very okay”.

He had no regrets because he did everything in his capability and campaigned for the whole Love Negros slate, she said.*CPG

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