By NORTHERN DISPATCH
BAGUIO CITY — It is final: the local Liberal Party (LP) and Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) has united for the May 2013 elections behind, what they called the tandem, Marques S. Go and Jose Mencio Molintas for the congressional and mayoralty positions, respectively.After a meeting at Claro M. Recto, Navy Base barangay here, attended by representatives of the two parties, Go, who is also the LP chairman in the city, made the announcement Friday that they have made final the LP-dominated coalition where Go was also chosen as the official spokeperson of the local LP machinery and for issues related to the coalition.
Under advise and support of LP national officials, Go was given the mandate to work on a local program for the strengthening of the LP machinery here for the coming May 2013 elections.
He has been supportive of the tandem as he pointed out that Molintas was an LP even prior to the filing of his candidacy for the mayoralty position.
Atty. Faustino Olowan, a former City Councilor, and an LP candidate for the said position, said that they achieved one level of unification for the local party and the opposition. He expects that their move will be elevated to a more unified coalition machinery to challenge the incumbent ruling party.
Residents and various sectors of the city who are supportive for a change for a better Baguio welcome the development of a united local opposition. “It would elevate their winning chances against the well-oiled machinery of the inccumbent,” one observer said.
Meanwhile, the coalition continues to negotiate for a final and winning slate to the City Council. As per City COMELEC Records, the candidates who filed under LP are incumbent councilors Poppo Cosalan and Ed Bilog, Olowan, Bruce Limayog, Peter Wasing, Arthur L. Allad-iw, Rudy Paraan, Willy Occidental, Agaton Yaranon, and Leandro Yangot.
Rob Ocampo, Basilio Fongayao and Anthony Araos filed under the NPC while Frisco Domalsin filed under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino. Youth leader Van Dicang filed his candidacy for vice-mayor under the NPC. # nordis.net