Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte: Former Gutalac mayor Mariano Candelaria Jr. said that the people will evaluate his services and those of his opponent in this year’s mayoralty race.
Candelaria is running under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) against re-electionist Onesimo Coma Jr., under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
Asked on the national government’s support for the local government during his time as mayor, Candelaria told The Manila Times that it depends on the local leader.
“So this time around na-compare nila ‘yung services ko before at tsaka services nila ngayon. So this time around dun ang desisyon kung ano talaga [So that is why this time around they compared my services before and their services now. So this time around, the decision is there],” he said.
Candelaria also said that he was surprised at the turnout of people at the proclamation rally in Gutalac, which was jam packed with the presence of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
UNA’s standard bearer Binay took his campaign to Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte since Wednesday.
He said he decided to support Binay, who was also a former mayor, because of the latter’s hospitalization program.
“Kasi napi-feel ko as a [former]mayor, problema ko kung merong pasyente. Malayo ang bayan namin sa ospital. Kaya nung programa ni Vice na libreng ospital, nakakagaan ‘yun sa’min kasi kung wala ‘yun, kami personal bubunot sariling pera para ihatid sa ambulance.
Hingi ng medicine…programa ni VP libreng ospital eh, di kami wala nang problema
[Because I feel as a former mayor, my problem is if there are patients. Our town is far from the hospital. Vice’s program of free hospitalization, that lifts the weight on our shoulders because without it, we sometimes take money from our personal pockets to get the patients on an ambulance. Provide them medicine…VP’s program is free hospitalization, then we will have no problem],” Candelaria added.