Sugar Board member Emilio “Dino” Yulo III (Independent) filed his certificate of candidacy for congressman of the fifth district of Negros Occidental Friday, October 8.
He is challenging incumbent Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo (Lakas CMD/UNegA) and Anthony Javelosa (Independent), a former Himamaylan City barangay captain.
Yulo is also a former vice governor and fifth district board member of Negros Occidental.
Arroyo is the sister-in-law of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ran unopposed in the 2019 elections.
“It is important that the people of the fifth district are given a choice”, Yulo, who is also a lawyer, said.
Yulo said if elected he wants to work for the restoration of the Negros Island Region through legislative fiat, as the fifth district will benefit the most from it.
Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Himamaylan City, Isabela, Moises Padilla and La Castellana in the fifth district with numerous tourism attractions are located along the border with Negros Oriental, he said.
He only decided to run for congressman on Friday and being an independent will give him more flexibility, Yulo said.
He also wants to implement a comprehensive approach to the fight against COVID-19 in the fifth district of Negros Occidental, Yulo said.
Yulo said with the filling of his COC, he is deemed automatically resigned from the Sugar Board.
Domestic sugar is now selling at P1,600 to P1,700 per LKg, he said.
The planters are happy, it will give them the opportunity to make good income this crop year, Yulo said.*