Zayco Won’t Run for Governor
Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco yesterday denied he is planning to run for governor next year, and even totally dismissed any possibility of him ever running for governor of Negros Occidental.
Zayco’s name has been tagged among possible Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC)-Love Negros bet for governor, against incumbent Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is expected to run for re-election for his last term.
“I am not running and I will not run for governor in the 2016 elections and even in the coming elections after that,” Zayco said.
He added, “surely I will run in the 2016 elections but it will be for re-election (Kabankalan mayor).”
The former vice governor, and later on governor, of Negros Occ., Zayco said that if he has plans to run for governor, he could have already done so in 2010 election when he was asked to run and nobody was opposing him then.
Zayco, vice governor in 2007, assumed the governorship in March 2008 after then Governor Joseph Marañon, brother of incumbent Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 74.
Zayco recalled that he was being pushed to run for governor in 2010 unopposed, but he opted to run instead for mayor in his hometown in Kanbankalan where he is now on his second term.
“Why should I run in 2016 elections for governor when the post was for my taking unopposed in 2010?” he said.
He added that he will finish his 3rd and last term if he gets re-elected and after that he will retire from politics.
“I want to enjoy the remaining days of my life after spending almost 18 years in politics,” he added.
He said he hopes the talks of him running for governor will stop.* (Eugene Y. Adiong)