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Albee Confirms ‘Miscommunication’ With Mar

Finally, after months of being silent on his absence from official functions and events of the ruling Liberal Party both in Manila and in Negros Occidental, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (third district) admitted a “communication gap” between him and LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II.

Benitez however, denied that he snubbed a meeting with Roxas and his supporters at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, on Sept. 4, saying he was not invited to the meeting in the first place.

He also said that President Benigno Aquino III wants to talk to him but did not say when it will happen.

The LP stalwart also denied that the communication gap between him and Roxas was triggered by Roxas’ dealings with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who heads the United Negros Alliance, or because of his alleged desire to become Speaker of the House.

Gov on Cong. Albee Not Supporting Mar: ‘Ask Him’

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., shrugged off questions on why Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (3rd District.) is not supporting Interior Secretary Mar Roxas’ presidential bid.

“Ask him,” Marañon retorted when asked by the media. “I will not comment on something which I do not know,” Maranon chided reporters when pressed for an answer.

When asked if Benitez was invited during the September 4 meeting between Roxas and some provincial officials, Marañon curtly replied “I do not know. I was just invited; I am not the one in charge of the invitation.”

VG Lacson Says Cong. Ferrer Didn’t Name ‘Supporting LN Mayors’

Is the report that some mayors belonging to the rival Love Negros (LN) party will support the vice gubernatorial bid of Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District), a mere speculation?

This seems to be the case as Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said that Ferrer “has NOT identified these LN leaders.”

“Media may speculate who they are, if any at all, and do the math,” Lacson said in a text message to the media yesterday.

Ferrer claimed that more than 50 percent of the LN mayors are also supporting him, saying, “I am confident that I will win because I have the solid support of the UNA mayors plus those from Love Negros,” Ferrer claimed.

“The mayors are just waiting for my formal declaration of my candidacy,” Ferrer, who is his last term as congressman, also said.

Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante (2nd District) also confirmed the claims of Ferrer that some Love Negros mayors vowed to support UNA’s tandem.

Escalante said there will “be no transfer from LN to UNA... There will only be support for the Governor (Maranon), Cong. Jeff and Sec. Mar Roxas,” the UNA stalwart said.

Pressed to give numbers, Escalante said only Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Ferrer know the figures.

“The LN that has committed maybe are those that are also committed to Sec. Mar. They are the ones who attended the meeting last Friday, “ he said.

Roxas met with local officials both from LN and UNA last Friday in Talisay City.

Marañon already endorsed Ferrer as his running mate, rejecting the possibility of a United Negros Alliance-Love Negros merging that 3rd District’s Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez had been pushing.

Benitez wanted Marañon to consider running with Lacson.


LN Mayors to Support UNA Provincial Slate?

Is there a grain of truth to reports that some mayors belonging to the rival Love Negros will support the re-election bid of incumbent Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr and Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th dist.)?


Sec. Mar Roxas during the get-together with mayors, congressmen, board members, abc presidents, councilors, Gov. Marañon and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson at Nature’s Village Resort Hotel recently.*

Senior board member Salvador Escalante (2nd dist.) yesterday confirmed the claims of Ferrer that some Love Negros mayors will support UNA’s tandem.

Ferrer claimed that more than 50 percent of the LN mayors are also supporting him.

I am confident that I will win because I have the solid support of the UNA mayors plus those from Love Negros, he claimed.

The mayors are just waiting for the formal declaration of my candidacy, he said.

Escalante said there will “be no transfer from LN to UNA.”

“There will only be support for the governor, Cong. Jeff and Sec. Mar Roxas, “ the UNA stalwart said.

Pressed to cite the number of LN mayors who have committed to the Marañon- Ferrer tandem, Escalante said only the two of them know the figures.

“The LN that has committed maybe those who are also committed to Sec. Mar. They are the ones who attended the meeting last Friday, “ he said.

Roxas met with local officials both from LN and UNA last Friday in Talisay City.

Mar to Sugar Industry: ‘I Got Your Back’

“I got your back.”

This was the assurance to the sugar industry made yesterday by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in his keynote address during the opening of the 62nd Philsutech Annual National Convention at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.


Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas (4th from L) poses with leaders of the sugar industry during the opening of the 62nd Philsutech Annual National Convention at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City yesterday. With him are (standing L-R) Confed Negros-Panay chairman Francisco dela Rama, NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas, Philsutech Board Chairman Terence Uygongco, former SRA Adm. Bernard Trebol, Panayfed President Danilo A. Abelita, (seated L-R) Confed president Pablo Lorenzo III, SIFI president Edith Y. Villanueva, SRA Adm. Gina B. Martin, Mrs. Pia Uygongco and Unifed president Manolet Lamata.*