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It’s Asenso versus Progreso in 2022

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The anticipated battle royale between two political titans moved a step closer to reality after former Third District Cong Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez led here his Asenso for a Better Bacolod coalition in a virtual filing of their certificates of candidacy today, 5 October 2021

Former third district Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez leads the press conference with what he calls as a unity ticket composed of veterans, independents, and young blood.
Former third district Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez leads the press conference with what he calls as a unity ticket composed of veterans, independents, and young blood.

“This symbolizes a new beginning,” House Minority Floor Leader Stephen Paduano said as he opened the ABB news conference held inside the compound of the Benitez residence at Mountainview, an upscale residential area in Mandalagan village.

Supporters and the local press gathered to hear candidates of the ABB full slate of councilors who were presented to the public for the first time.

The full slate of the Asenso Bacolod political coalition after their certificates of candidacy were confirmed to be sufficient in form and substance. They were introduced to the public during a news conference at the residence of their standard bearer, former Third District Cong Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez today, 5 October 2021. | Photo by Hannah A Papasin
The full slate of the Asenso Bacolod political coalition after their certificates of candidacy were confirmed to be sufficient in form and substance. They were introduced to the public during a news conference at the residence of their standard bearer, former Third District Cong Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez today, 5 October 2021. | Photo by Hannah A Papasin
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Benitez said their slate represents “diversity and change,” which explains why it is composed of veterans, comebacking councilors and new blood.

The former solon sat beside his running mate, former councilor and lawyer Caesar Distrito, a former stalwart of the ruling Grupo Progreso party who decided to become the vice-mayoral candidate of Benitez only a day before the 1 October opening of the period for the filing of certificates of candidacy.

Benitez, who is regional chairman of the ruling PDP Laban, is running in an alliance with the Maghiliusa Kita Sa Kauswagan group of erstwhile Cong. Monico Puentevella and Paduano’s Abang Lingkod partylist.

GUESS WHO'S BACK Former Councilors Celia Flor (right most) and Sonya Verdeflor (second from left) along with incumbent Councilor Simple Distrito and businessman Vladimir Gonzales are among the names included in the Asenso for a Better Bacolod led by standard bearer former Cong. Alfredo Benitez. Photo by Hannah A. Papasin
GUESS WHO’S BACK? Former Councilors Celia Flor (right most) and Sonya Verdeflor (second from left) along with incumbent Councilor Simple Distrito and businessman Vladimir Gonzales are among the names included in the Asenso for a Better Bacolod led by standard bearer former Cong. Alfredo Benitez. Photo by Hannah A. Papasin

His candidates for councilors include former administration councilors Simple Distrito, Bart Orola, and Al Espino; former councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Thaddy Sayson, Celia Flor, Kalaw Puentevella and Homer Bais; businessmen Vladimir Gonzales and Jason Villarosa, former board member Patrick Lacson, and Pao Sy, daughter of former Councilor Elmer Sy who died in office.

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