Rep. Greg Gasataya filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) Monday, October 4, for reelection as congressman of Bacolod City under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) ticket.
Lawyer Mark Steven Mayo (NPC), technical consultant of Gasataya, also filed his COC for councilor of Bacolod City.
Gasataya and Mayo said they are staying neutral as far as the Bacolod mayoral race is concerned. It appears that Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and mayoral candidate Alfredo Abelardo Benitez will not be fielding congressional bets in their slates.
“As I have said when I announced that I would be running as neutral, I made this decision with the lives of my kasimanwas in mind,” Gasataya stressed.
He said he is seeking a third term to ensure that the Bacolod City General Hospital will be realized.
Education, health, infrastructure, and social services remain his top priorities, Gasataya also said.
“Together, we will continue to bring hope through scholarships, help save lives through the medical assistance programs and social services, and bring more growth to our city through responsive infrastructure development,” Gasataya said.
Gasataya also said his bill on the creation the Bacolod City Economic Zone Authority was approved in the Lower House and he wants to ensure that it is also passed in the Senate.
The economic zone will draw local and foreign investors to Bacolod City , he said.
Gasataya said he will also push for the establishment of the Negros Occidental Heart and Kidney Center.
Mayo, 27, said he will resign as consultant of Gasataya effective October 1 to focus on his bid for councilor and to avoid conflict of interest.
If elected councilor he will focus on health and education that is very important amid the COVID-19 pandemic , Mayo said.
A third candidate who filed his COC before the Bacolod Comelec Monday was Joel Aujero who is running for councilor of Bacolod as an Independent.*