Vice guv opposes anti-dynasty bill

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson does not support the bill banning political dynasties in the country.

"For me, it still redounds to the will of the people. We should trust the Filipinos in making the judgment on who should serve their respective local government units," Lacson said.

Studies showed that Negros Occidental is one of the provinces having political dynasties.

"There are those who would want to be clarified what is anti-dynasty but I feel that there's no need for that because the Filipino people can change their leadership if they are not happy with the one serving them," Lacson pointed out.

He noted that during the recent World Economic Forum on East Asia held in the country, the Philippines was labeled as the Next Economic Tiger.

"I don't know what is the impact of that, when they say that the country does not progress because of political dynasty. We have proven otherwise because of our good and transparent leadership and in fact, there is also a study that the country's economy will continue to pick up," Lacson further explained.

He added: “That's why the 2016 elections is very important to make sure that the next leadership would continue whatever growth we have experienced in the last four years."

Political plans

Meanwhile, Lacson is still mum about his political plans in the 2016 elections.

"I will not answer that. We have not yet decided on that. Everything will happen in 2015," he said when asked of his possible options, either to run for governor or congressman of the First District.

As to whom he will support among the presidential aspirants, Lacson said that he has not yet received any invitation from both camps of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

"The difference between me and the governor is that the governor is his own man. I belong to a party and being a member of the party, we will abide by the decision of the party," Lacson said.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has already declared support for Roxas, who is expected to be the standard bearer of the Liberal Party.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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