Local News: Zayco ‘Confirms’ Split Among NPC Stalwarts
Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco has hedged on whether he has indeed been chosen as Negros Occidental Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) chairman, or that both Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice-Governor Genaro "Lim-ao" Alvarez are headed for an electoral collision in the May 2013 elections, saying one has to wait and definitely, until October 5 for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for various positions in the province, because it would mean sure guarantee for any position each political leader in the province is running for. As this developed, respected columnist Rolly Espina of this paper (NDB), another local daily (VDS) and the national broadsheet Philippine Star has forwarded the view in a column opinion piece that the complaint filed against Ilog Mayor Paul Alvarez could affect the candidacy of his father in many ways.
Zayco admitted that during a meeting in the second week of July in Manila, he was offered the additional responsibility of being the NPC chairman, although he has not yet received his appointment as such from the political party’s national directorate. He was aware that during said meeting, the presence of other chief executives in the province and the NPC provincial Chair himself, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. was not invited to attend it. Although initially he tried to parry the offer of an additional responsibility, he had left it at that but the national directorate of the NPC has not delivered his appointment yet to him. On the possibility of a political clash between Vice-Governor Alvarez and Marañon in the May 2013 election, he can’t definitely say there would be an electoral clash, but that it was the vice-governor who can spell it out himself, he said.
He also reluctantly advanced the view that because he and Alvarez belong to the same district (6th), he will likely go with him if he runs. As to reports that ten barangay leaders in his city were reprimanded by Marañon during a recent visit, he vehemently denied it and confirmed that they had merely been provided with funding for projects they would implement in their areas. No such scolding or reprimand were received by the barangay leaders.
People who are curious about the many speculations being bandied about should wait until October 1-5, or better still, October 6 this year when the filing of COCs for the May 2013 election will take place. Who are in the race and their political parties will then be known. As to the developing counter-moves during the period, talks also aver that with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.’s unseating as NPC chair, he is ready to take an oath as Liberal Party (LP) member and probably official soon. It is a brilliant counter-move, which would result in the declaration of a free zone in the province, in the light of the fact that there is now a political coalition among the LP, Nacionalista Party and the NPC in the national level.* (EAC)