‘DI lang pang-DDS: Iloilo City Mayor Espinosa open to coalition in 2019

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With the 2019 local elections looming, Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III is open to the idea of a coalition with other political groups.

Espinosa, who replaced Jed Mabilog as city mayor late last year, is running for another term as mayor in the midterm elections.

“If you have a good platform, why not? I am open to all,” Espinosa said of the possibility of entering into a coalition (

Those running for posts in the 2019 elections will have until October to file their certificates of candidacy.

Earlier, the group of Councilor Joshua Alim said they are open to forming a coalition with Espinosa.

But while Alim is running for Congress, his mayoral candidate is Dr. Pacita Gonzalez, widow of former justice secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr.

On the other hand, Councilor Plaridel Nava plans to run as vice mayor but is willing to step aside if Espinosa accepts their offer for a coalition.

Meanwhile, Espinosa also said he got offers from other groups. He said he will bare his final slate before the filing of COCs on Oct. 1 to 5.

“My slate will include both former and incumbent city officials,” he said.