Kako seeks Congress seat

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


FORMER congressman Jose Carlos “Kako” Lacson of the third district filed Tuesday his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Lacson is making a comeback in the third district. Except for the term served by former Rep. Edith Y. Villanueva after Lacson's first three terms as congressman expired, Lacson has represented the third district since 1988 until his second three terms expired in 2010.

"I don't have local candidates. Kako is alone," he said.

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BACOLOD. Former congressman Jose Carlos Lacson (3rd district, Negros Occidental) (L) poses with Provincial Comelec Supervisor Jessie Suarez after he filed his Certificate of Candidacy Tuesday. (Teresa D. Ellera)

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When asked whom he will support in the gubernatorial race between Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez, Lacson said, "You know, in my candidacy, it has no equation to what is happening in the province. So if you look at it, I have been there before. We have been together in Congress so I won't take sides anymore."

When asked if there's an offer for him from the two contending parties, Lacson replied, "Secret."

He said that from now to March, a lot of things could happen.

Lacson, meanwhile, described his opponent Albee Benitez as a good congressman with performance, among other things.

"I have a very high regard and respect for him," Lacson said referring to Benitez.

"I'm running to give the district a chance or a choice. As a matter of fact, in a political system, it's always good to have an opposition, no matter how weak an opposition is. What is important is that the people will have a choice. I have served the people for 20 years. I have been known to the people and it would depend on them if they want to give me another opportunity to serve them. I believe on a bible verse, ' Whatever you sow, you reap. I want to know if I will reap what I sow in the past," Lacson said.

He also denied rumors that he was offered not to pursue with his candidacy anymore.

"Those are not the only rumors but you know my presence here disabused the minds of people responsible for those rumors. My support will come from the people of the Third District. I have long planned and made up my mind to return serving the district even before what is happening in the province," Lacson stressed.

In the 2010 elections, Lacson run as mayor of Talisay City but lost to Mayor Eric Saratan. (Teresa D. Ellera)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 03, 2012.

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