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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Tupas clan leads other families in the number of kin who will run for various posts in the 2010 elections.

Six Tupases will run for different positions in Iloilo province next year.

Gov. Niel D. Tupas Sr. will run for congressman of the 4th congressional district and four of his children and a son-in-law are aiming for various elective posts: Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” C. Tupas Jr. is seeking reelection in the 5th district, while Barotac Viejo Mayor Raul Tupas is running for Iloilo governor.

Niel C. Tupas III is gunning for the Barotac Viejo mayorship which Raul will vacate while Nielo C. Tupas is eyeing a seat in the Iloilo provincial board representing the 5th district.

Nielex “Lex” C. Tupas is seeking reelection as Iloilo City councilor. Parly Balleza, husband of Nielette “Tweety” Tupas, is running for the Sangguniang Bayan of Banate, Iloilo.

The Tupas regime at the Iloilo provincial capitol has been mired with issues of corruption starting with the overpriced construction of the new Capitol building and the controversial “borrow” pit project of the new Iloilo airport.

Commission on Audit reports have also questioned various transactions of the Capitol such as catering services worth millions of pesos, defective hospital equipment and suppliers with dubious qualifications.

Recently, Gov. Tupas got flak for obviously using government-owned heavy equipment in the construction of his house in Banate, Iloilo. He was also dragged in the bribery of the Iloilo Electric Cooperative (Ileco) 3 directors by an independent power producer.

Aside from the Tupases, other families also fielded their own relatives in their respective turfs.

The Garin family continues to dominate the political landscape of the 1st congressional district. Rep. Jeanette L. Garin is seeking reelection while her husband, Board Member Oscar Richard S. Garin is running for Iloilo vice governor. Mayors Ninfa S. Garin and her daughter Christine S. Garin are also seeking fresh terms in the towns of San Joaquin and Guimbal, respectively.

In the 3rd district, House Majority Floor Leader Arthur D. Defensor Sr. is running for Iloilo governor. His son, Board Member Arthur R. Defensor, will try to replace him as 3rd district congressman.

Rep. Ferjenel G. Biron (Iloilo, 4th district) is also seeking reelection in the 2010 elections while his father, Barotac Nuevo Mayor Hernan Biron Sr. is gunning for his second term. Dumangas Vice Mayor Hernan G. Biron Jr. is seeking a seat in the Iloilo provincial board representing the 4th district.

Iloilo Vice Governor Rolex Tupas Suplico will run against his cousin, Rep. Jun-Jun Tupas in the 5th congressional district.

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