Iloilo 5th District representative and candidate for vice governor Niel Tupas, Jr. has been assured of victory in the second district with the pledge of support of 2nd District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and his son, Pavia mayor Michael Gorriceta.
The Gorricetas have vowed to support whoever the Liberal Party (LP) will endorse as candidate for vice governor’s seat, and in this case, it is Tupas.
This despite the fact that Mayor Gorriceta’s wife is a close relative of the Garin clan, who fielded Guimbal Mayor Christine Garin to the vice gubernatorial race.
Mayor Garin is a daughter of LP stalwart, former Iloilo 1st District Rep. Oscar Garin, Sr.
The Garins have been left out by LP after it choose Tupas as its official candidate for vice governor, prompting Mayor Garin to run under the National Unity Party.