Another name in the list of candidates for councilor in Bacolod City in the May 9 elections is Christian John Weber from Eroreco in Barangay Mandalagan.
A graduate of Computer System Design and Programming, Weber was raised by his grandmother, the late Mrs. Fay Gamboa Weber from Silay City. He is also the great grandson of Jose Belleza Gamboa, one of the freedom fighters from northern Negros Occidental during the Spanish war.
Motivated by the clamor for change in Bacolod City, Weber has joined various groups and organizations to inform and educate the electorate. He has been doing this since 2019.
He is a founding member of Bacolod Exposed, a group that exposes the anomalies in the city, and the Change for a Better Bacolod, an organization that raises awareness on prevailing problems in the community.
Weber is also one of the founders of Amlig Tubig, a group that tackles various issues concerning the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and Amlig Kuryente, an organization that focuses on issues affecting the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) consumers.
At the height of the pandemic, when Bacolod City was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Weber was part of the Dagyaw Negrense, a private organization of volunteers that fed 30,000 households through donations.
Weber said he decided to run as councilor in Bacolod City because he is fed up with the blatant corruption and abuse of power. He said he wants to see accountability in public service.
With his experience and involvement in various movements and organizations that tackle various consumers’ issues, Weber believes that he can make a difference by bringing new ideas to the city governance.
If elected, he said he wants to focus on fighting corruption within the local government, implement transparency, raise public awareness to breed educated citizens. Weber said he will continue to fight against the irregularities in BACIWA and CENECO.
“Corruption is happening in our city, right in front of us. We just have to decide to do the right thing. Choose real change for Bacolod City,” said Weber, who is running as an independent candidate. — PR