NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he will not join the mass oath-taking for members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on October 5 at the Victorias City Coliseum.
Lacson said that he will stay with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and he does not see any reason to transfer to another party.
He added that the NPC continues to be an ally of the administration and he is hoping for it to remain that way.
In Negros Occidental, aside from him, there are about 10 incumbent mayors and two members of the House of Representatives who belong to the NPC.
Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, Lacson’s fellow leader in the local party Love Negros, had earlier said about 9,000 local officials in the province will take their oath as members of the administration party as part of the ongoing recruitment around the country.
The mass-oath taking will be administered by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of PDP- Laban.
Lacson said he is hoping the appointment of Hermenegildo Serafica as administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Board would resolve issues and moves for its abolition.
“I don’t think that’s (abolition) a good move. SRA has been there for several years and it has been functioning as a regulatory body for the sugar industry that has gone through ups and downs,” Lacson said.
He pointed out that President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to abolish the SRA is due to the alleged corruption that includes the hiring of consultants with huge allowances as much as P200,000 per month.
“I don’t think he will dissolve it. There’s no concrete plan laid down about it,” Lacson added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on September 21, 2017.
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