PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas (inset, right) has said that supporters of political parties are welcome to do their campaigning here, including putting up posters and ribbons of any color for as long as these are done in places where they are allowed. The city mayor was shown here during the MOA signing for the Dinagyang Festival 2022 with the Iloilo Festival Foundation Inc. and the San Jose Parish Church./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Arnold Almacen/CMO)
ILOILO CITY–For Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas, there is absolutely no problem if members of any political party or supporters of any candidate for next year’s polls were to festoon the metropolis with posters or ribbons in their color of choice—pink, red, green, or yellow—for as long as they do so only in places allowed by the local government.
In an interview recently over a local radio station, the city chief executive said that with the local and national elections only about six months away, he understands if voters wish to show their support for their favored candidates “apang ibutang lang sa husto nga lugar [just do so in the proper locations]”, noting that posters or ribbons on trees are strictly prohibited.
Earlier, Treñas has said that all activities of the different political parties and their candidates are welcome here in Iloilo City even as he has already expressed his full support to the presidential bid of Vice-President Leni Robredo and her running mate, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, in next year’s elections.
Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. has also already voiced his preference for a Leni Robredo-Kiko Pangilinan victory in the May 2022 polls.
ALL-TIME 2ND HIGHEST IN DEATHS
Meanwhile, the number of weekly COVID-19 infections in the city of Iloilo continues to drop as only 37 new cases were logged from November 15-21, thereby putting it fifth on the list along with Capiz in the region’s six provinces and two highly-urbanized cities.
The city is also fifth as far as active cases are concerned with 166 as of November 22, with Negros Occidental (1,815), Iloilo Province (1,321), Bacolod City (654), and Capiz (283) ahead of it.
But while Iloilo City only had ‘only’ four fatalities due to COVID-19 during the past week, that cannot be said of the whole region, which registered a total of 187 deaths, the all-time second-highest next to the 194 fatalities in the week ending August 22.
Of the said number, Negros Occidental had the most number of deaths with 66. Also registering a high number of fatalities were Capiz and Guimaras with 39 and 33 deaths, respectively. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)