If her bet won’t, Grace Ibuna says she’ll run for Ignacio Arroyo’s seat

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BACOLOD CITY—Businesswoman Grace Ibuna may run for the House seat that was vacated with the death of her long time partner, Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, who passed away on Jan. 26.

Ibuna, after her well publicized fight with Arroyo’s estranged wife over the funeral arrangements for the late congressman, said she would throw her hat into the congressional ring in a special election on June 2 if her candidate, Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol, decided not to run.

“I don’t want to run but if it’s my destiny and my calling, I’ll abide by it. I am only for the welfare of the people of the fifth district who showed so much love for Iggy—that will never leave my heart,” said Ibuna, a registered voter in Hacienda Grande Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Mirasol of the United Negros Alliance is widely seen as the Aquino administration’s candidate for the special elections. UNA is currently chaired by Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr.

Mirasol’s possible rival in the alliance is his nephew, Board Member Emilio Yulo III, who has announced his plan to run for the vacant congressional seat.

“I will definitely run, unless stopped by divine intervention,” said Yulo.

The fifth district is composed of Himamaylan City and the towns of Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, La Castellana and Moises Padilla.

Aside from Mirasol, another reported UNA aspirant for the congressional seat is Board Member Melvin Ibañez.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), however, urged Congress to cancel the special poll and just wait for the regular midterm elections in 2013.

In a statement, the PPCRV said the special election for the replacement of Iggy Arroyo scheduled in June would be a “total waste” of public funds because it comes less than a year before the regular midterm elections. The special poll would cost the public around P30 million, the poll watchdog said.

The PPCRV also noted that the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2013 elections would take place from Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, or “barely four months” after the scheduled special elections.

“It is highly unconscionable, impractical and senseless to hold elections for the position left vacant by the death of Rep. Iggy Arroyo. The PPCRV sees no public good or service for such special elections.”

“The position, power and other perks that go with a congressional seat could just be used to promote the campaign of the one elected. A total waste,” the group said.

The PPCRV also pointed out that the ban on public works projects will begin in February 2013 “so that whoever wins in the June 2 special election cannot implement or even contract for any public works project that will benefit his or her constituents.” Philip C. Tubeza

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  • M Hudson

    Who in ther right mind would vote for Grace Ibuna?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5VHQBOCVKHSTJNHNES75BJKGA allan

      her children, cousin, sibling and may be her neighbors.

    • Pepe Smith

      Those that voted for Lapid, Trillanes, Pangilinan, Lacson, Honasan, Peter Cayetano, Drillon and Pnoy as president. 

      • kintupol

        nadale mo pards..lol

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Just because one finds herself in the center of a controversy, it does not follow that that is enough to catapult one into a congressional seat. But of course this is the pathetic congress where dysfunction is the order of the day so being famously infamous gets to be a major qualification, LOL……

  • fasoriamd

    If we believe what Sen. Lacson was saying about this guy Iggy Arroyo, who died recently that he is hiding billions of pesos, I wonder if the residents of his district will vote for a surrogate. If they do, there is something wrong with these people. I fully agree with Political Jaywalker. Just because she is in the center of a controversy, she wants to be a congresswoman. What an insult to the intelligence of the people.  

    • ValencianoEd

      ms Ibuna is over rating herself to the rafters.  ano ba ang qualifications nya para ma elect?  She was not even married to Iggy, for crying out loud.  Now, she wants his position?  Whoa!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ2DA4ZHFHZOM2I2UCLJGFY7GI Shai

    Grace Ibuna, huwag kang magsabog ng lagim sa kongreso….magkaroon ka naman sana ng hiya…. kung wala ka talagang hiya, bigyan mo naman ng kahihiyan ang anak mo na nagpupumilit maging singer kahit walang talent..  

  • Pepe Smith

    Since when did PPCRV become responsible? They have the worst record as far as being fair anyway.

  • ValencianoEd

    wow, ang ambisiosa naman si ms grace.  She can run for the position left vacant by her dead lover?  Bakit?  Has she ever lived or resided in Bacolod?  Hindi ba one has to have a certain length of residence before one joins any election as a candidate?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H64OMUZZAV6WFG3XNO4SUAYSJU bobski43

    Is Ibuna projecting herself to be a messiah of iggy’s district??? what is she thinking of, some people just ignorant of their limits.

  • w4d

    What does she bring to the table? If Ibuna runs and wins, that proves we’re still a nation of uneducated voters………

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

    The PPCRV also pointed out that the ban on public works projects will begin in February 2013 “so that whoever wins in the June 2 special election cannot implement or even contract for any public works project that will benefit his or her constituent…

    Tsk .. pati ba naman kayo yan ang alam niyong trabaho ng congressman? 

  • wilfel

    What a SHAME. Not once but twice a MISTRESS now want to be a Congreewoman. Mistress of Gabby Concepcion then Iggy Arroyo and even have kid with Gabby. Hope the people of that District know who they are voting for. Look like the politics in that part of the country is going to the DOGS.

  • ValencianoEd

    This woman just does not stop.  She over rates herself by saying she is going to run for the vacant position of her lover?  What qualifications does she have?  She is not even a resident of the distrcit she plans to represent!   Goodness gracious, can she not stop getting herself into the news?  Is her being the lover of the late congressman, being his mistress qualification enough to run for his position? 

  • ValencianoEd

    and Ibuna adds, if it is her destiny and calling……………whoa!  tell that to the marines.

  • Practical

    If you watch Grace’s past interviews, she throws jokes a lot – just her bubbly self.

    This is a case wherein she have probably said, “if he won’t run, then I will.”

    In Tagalog, sinabi niya na, “kapag hindi siya tumakbo, e di sige, ako na lang.”

    People should know how to read between the lines and the context of HOW people say things, not just the face value.

  • jimmy_maranan

    Run with the money

  • lilybugan

    Grabe naman tong si Grace Ibuna pinaga na nga niya si Iggy papagain niy pa ang mga tao ng Negros..

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