Bad mouthing Alvarez to endorse Trenas, Defensor in Iloilo?

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Did House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez endorse Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas and Iloilo third district Rep. Arthur Defensor Jr. as the PDP-Laban’s bets for the 2019 midterm elections?

Alvarez hinted at the ruling party’s endorsement at a mass oath-taking of new barangay officials in Iloilo City last June 24.

Treñas is running for Iloilo City mayor while Defensor is being eyed to replace his father and incumbent Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.

In his speech, Alvarez said that if Trenas becomes Iloilo City mayor, he will not allow illegal drugs to proliferate. He added he has known Trenas for a long time.

On the other hand, Alvarez said the governor told him that he will talk to other supporters as well as to PDP-Laban Iloilo chair and Rep. Oscar Garin Jr. if Defensor Jr. could run for governor in 2019.

But Alvarez said everything will still depend on the PDP-Laban chairmanship in the province.

While in Iloilo, Alvarez administered the oath to 1,088 new barangay captains from Iloilo province; 145 from Iloilo City; and 88 from Guimaras province.

Of the 1,088 barangay captains in the province, 382 came from the first district; 209 from the second district; 375 third district; 35 from the fourth district; and 87 from the fifth district.

Also in attendance were Guimaras Gov. Samuel Gumarin; Guimaras lone district Rep. Ma. Lucille Nava; Francis Tolentino, political adviser of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte; Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua of the lone district of Quirino Province; and Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu of the second district of Maguindanao.

Meanwhile, 4th district Rep. Ferjenel Biron, who also plans to run for governor, said they expect Alvarez to endorse Defensor Jr. because they are partymates.

Biron held a separate mass oath-taking attended by about 9,000 barangay captains, including barangay kagawads and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of the province.

Biron’s camp claimed 1,009 barangay captains and 7,121 barangay kagawads took their oath before Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.