The Achievement with Integrity Movement (AIM), the local political party of former General Santos City mayor Darlene Magnolia Ricasa Antonino-Custodio, has decided to endorse City Councilor Richard Atendido as their mayoral bet against incumbent Mayor Ronnel Rivera in next year’s elections.
Tony Bairoy, the confidential aide of General Santos City Councilor Elizabeth Bagonoc of the AIM local party, revealed this.
Custodio’s father, Adelbert Antonino, would not run for mayor as he had long retired from politics and neither will her mother Luwalhati Antonino, the chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority.
The Antonino family though will focus on the campaign, for the presidency of Mar Roxas.
Rep. Pedro B. Acharon Jr., of the first district of South Cotabato and General Santos, who was first endorsed by Antonino as their mayoralty bet, decided to finish his three terms in Congress.
Acharon said in a statement that Atendido has all the necessary qualifications to run for mayor against Rivera.