PNP wishes for less tension with less candidates

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    MALOLOS CITY—The Bulacan police is hoping for less political tension in the province with possibly less candidates for the 2013 elections.

    This came as incumbent Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado is likely to go unopposed in the next elections, but observers said that noting is final until the closing of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) on Friday.

    Senior Supt. Fernando Mendez, police provincial director, said they are now assessing situation in the province.

    “There are no hotspots in Bulacan, but we are still making assessment and will also validate reports,” he said.

    Mendez also said that there will be less tension in the province if there will be lesser candidates.

    As early as Sunday, Mendez deployed more police officers in 21 towns and three cities in the province as the filing of COCs started yesterday.

    Although Alvarado did not confirm that he will be unopposed in his reelection bid, he appealed to Bulakenyos on Saturday to give incumbent officials in the province another chance.

    He also called for unity among political leaders in the province to further ensure progress and development.

    Alvarado’s silence is matched by the silence of the camp of Rep. Joselito Mendoza of the third congressional district of the province.

    A former governor, Mendoza has long been rumored to stage a comeback next year, but as the filing of COCs draws near, Mendoza’s camp became more silent.

    The irony, however is that political leaders allied with Mendoza said he will seek  reelection as congressman of the third district.

    But said political leaders begged not to be name or identified as they were asked by the other party leaders “not to spill the beans.”

    This situation made allies of  Alvarado uneasy noting that there is no guarantee at this time that Alvarado will run unopposed.

    Lawyer Danilo Domingo, former Mayor of Malolos who is staging a comeback said that until the filing of COC is over, there is still a chance that Mendoza may stage a comeback for the position of governor.

    Others noted that the Liberal Party held a convention for party members in the province last June with Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local government.

    They noted that as an organized group, the party can easily reorganize to stage a campaign.

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