BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod Cong. Greg Gasataya called political color coding “petty” as he turned the tables on former ally Mayor Evelio Leonardia over the issue on the congressman’s supposed neutrality.
Leonardia had earlier called the neutrality of Gasataya a “sham” claiming that reports on the ground indicate that the then congressman is not as neutral as he claims to be.
One indication is a billboard where Gasataya wears white, the adopted color of former Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez III, who is challenging Leonardia’s candidacy.
But Gasataya denied this.
“I have always been consistent with my position of being neutral between former Congressman Albee Benitez and Mayor Bing Leonardia… This is despite receiving verified information… that the persons behind the candidacy of another congressional candidate are the political operators of Mayor Bing within the party,” he said.
He also implied that the mayor is the one guilty of political deception, not him.
Political deception is “projecting that you honor my neutrality while your key political leaders on the ground are acting otherwise”, he added.
He also called political color coding “petty”, and that he is not restrained from accepting any form of support coming from either party “who wishes to do so”.
“For now, I will stay focused on the many things still needed to be done for the welfare of our beloved people as we recover from this pandemic. As incumbent officials, may we not forget that we still have a lot of work to do,” he added.