Arthur Alburadora, the supposed running mate of Panglao mayoral candidate Board Member Benjie Arcamo, has withdrawn his certificate of candidacy for vice mayor of the town.
Alburadora filed his statement of withdrawal before the Panglao Commission on Elections (Comelec) office on Friday last week, said election officer Arvin Curayag.
The cancellation of Alburadora’s candidacy came after Panglao Vice Mayor Pedro Fuertes and Arcamo sealed an alliance to run as vice mayor and mayor, respectively, under one ticket.
Fuertes and Arcamo agreed to join forces last week to establish a unified stand against Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero who is seeking reelection.
“Pundok ni Dr. [Doloreich] Dumaluan, pundok ni kanhi mayor [Benedicto] Alcala ug mga taw pud ni Vice Mayor Fuertes, pun-an pud sa akong mga taw, usahon nato. Atong e-atbang sa pundok ni kasamtangan Mayor Nila Montero ug mga kauban,” said Arcamo.
The last-term Provincial Board member expressed optimism that the alliance boosted their coalition’s chances of winning elective seats during the 2019 polls.
“Dako na positibo g’yud ang resulta sa atong paghiniusa kay kining election numero man g’yuy gibasehan ani. Ang usa ka pundok ug laing pundok maghiusa, ang iyang chance pag-daog mo taas g’yud,” he added.
Fuertes and Arcamo’s alliance was formally sealed on Thursday last week in Tagbilaran City in the presence of third district Rep. Arthur Yap, first district Rep. Rene Relampagos and Governor Edgar Chatto.
The three officials, who are running for governor, vice governor and first district congressman, respectively, are Arcamo’s Padayon Bol-anon coalition allies. (RT)