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Cracks in the monolith?

BACOLOD CITY – Is the political monolith here starting to crack only months after achieving a historical first of nearly sweeping all elective posts?

Councilor Cindy Rojas (2nd from right) and Al Victor Espino (leftmost front row) are seen with the members of Grupo Progresso during the opening ceremonies of the Ruby MassKara Festival. | Photo from Bacolod City PIO FB page

Second-termer Councilor Cindy Rojas, in a Facebook post addressed “TO ATTY ALEX ESPINO” Tuesday morning, scored the lawyer for “maliciously dragging my name” during his commentary program over a local radio station.

Rojas said Espino announced that she will be running as representative of the lone district in the coming 2022 polls.

“What I cannot understand is if you just dreamt about my announcement or if someone agitated you and fed you the wrong information,” Rojas said in the post that was a mix of English and Hiligaynon.

“I was too busy with all the work I have put on hold during the campaign to even have the time to make that kind of declaration,” Rojas added.

Screencap of Councilor Cindy Rojas’ facebook post. | Screencap by Richard D. Meriveles

The wife of former councilor Roberto Rojas, Cindy was re-elected as the number one councilor in the last May 2019 elections. Her father-in-law is Enrique Rojas who heads the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, one of the most influential group of sugarcane planters in the province.

Alex Espino is a known political operator and consultant who handled, among others, the campaigns of Nemesio Yabut in Makati City, and former representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. in Iloilo.

A known ally of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Espino handled one of the radio of Grupo Progreso in the months leading to the 2019 polls.

His son, Al Victor, has once again been elected as councilor under Grupo Progreso after finishing three full terms.

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