AGA MUHLACH FOR MUNTINLUPA MAYOR?

Muntinlupa City, May 25, 2003 -- Although the 2004 national and local 
elections are still one year away, politicians in Muntinlupa City have 
already declared open season for campaigning.

Sources in the city government said the actor Aga Muhlach, who lives in 
Ayala Alabang village, will run for mayor against the incumbent, Jaime R. 
Fresnedi.

Muhlach is the latest entertainer to throw his hat in the ring. Neighboring 
Parañaque City is run by another actor, Mayor Joey Marquez. His estranged 
wife, the actress Alma Moreno, has announced plans to run for Paranaque mayor.

Talk of Muhlach’s candidacy persists despite his earlier denials.

This early, trucks and other vehicles of Vice Mayor Jojay T. Alcaraz blare 
out pop music on their loudspeakers. Employees of his office are also being 
mobilized to dialogue with residents of vote-rich depressed areas in the city.

Water trucks bearing the names of reelectionist Mayor Fresnedi and Alcaraz 
have been deployed to service barangays.

Others reported running for local office are former vice mayor Vicente Chua 
and Elizabeth Masangkay.

Presidential spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye, former Muntinlupa mayor and 
congressman, told The Manila Times that he will not run next year, and will 
return to private life.

Some employees of the Muntinlupa city hall are encouraging Bunye to run 
against Fresnedi. Both belong to the ruling Lakas-NUCD Party. (By Jonathan 
M. Hicap, Manila Times)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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