Benitez appointing allies as city gov’t consultants

Political allies of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez who ran under his Asenso Bacolod ticket and were defeated in the 2022 polls will be appointed to Bacolod City government consultancy posts.

Former Board Member Patrick Lacson will be assigned to traffic, while former councilors Sonya Verdeflor will assist in social services, Homer Bais will host the Isugid Mo kay Mayor Program that will address concerns and complaints of Bacolod residents, and Bart Orola will be assigned to market and slaughterhouse concerns, Benitez said.

He said he is eyeing a bigger role for former councilor Caesar Distrito but did not give specifics, as it is still being discussed. Distrito ran for Bacolod vice mayor in 2022 but was defeated by El Cid Familiaran.

The one year ban on defeated candidates assuming government posts ended on May 10.*

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