‘Running for Guv an Option’ - VG Bong
Is Love Negros now singing “Torn between two lovers?”
This developed as Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that running for the province’ top post is “an option.”
Lacson said that all politicians have “their own ambitions and want to step up the ladder.”
“I will not close my mind. I cannot be hard-headed on this. I think the most important thing is what is good for the province,” the Vice Governor said.
But I will not make any definite pronouncement at this time, he said.
“If we don’t handle this well, the group will break up,” Lacson said.
“I value friendship like any member of our group,” he said.
He added that he wants to believe that the endorsement of the mayors of the third district that Rep. Alfredo Benitez run for governor in 2019 was “a spur of the moment.”
On Monday, Victorias Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano each aired their support for Benitez if he decides to take over the post to be vacated by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his final term.
“I am not surprised if they support the congressman, “ Lacson said, but pointing out that Benitez “has not declared what position he will run.”
He, however refused to answer the question if what will happen to their group if Benitez decides to run for senator saying that “it is very speculative.”
“We belong to one group and I don’t want to fuel any misunderstanding. I will make my decision in October 2018,” Lacson said.
My only question about the pronouncement of the mayors is, have they lost sight of supporting Rep. Benitez all the way to the Senate?, he asked, “I hope not.”
“We in Negros have been excited of the possibility of having a senator from Negros Occidental. I hope the pronouncement does not mean we have given up hope because we in the first district have not given up hope,” Lacson said.
“Let us not lost sight of that,” he said.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)