NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is unperturbed of reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay will field a candidate against him in the coming May 2016 elections.

“Very good. Everyone has the strategy to win the elections. We'll see,” Marañon said.

The governor's reaction was in response to reports that the Vice President's daughter, Senator Nancy Binay, said they may field a candidate against Marañon, who has been openly endorsing the presidential bid of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

The elder Binay has already announced his intention to join the presidential race next year.

Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, a supporter of Binay, had earlier denied reports that he is being groomed to run for governor.

He said he has no plan to run against Marañon in the gubernatorial race because he has a close relationship with the governor.

“Who told him to run?” Marañon asked after he learned of Montelibano's statement.

The United Negros Alliance (UNA), chaired by Marañon Jr., has been reported to field Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Negros Occidental) as the runningmate of the governor.

Marañon is seeking re-election for his third and final term, while Ferrer is completing his three terms in 2016 and has always expressed his interest to run as Marañon's vice governor.

“Marañon made a promise right after the 2013 elections that Ferrer will be his running mate in 2016 and that promise still stands," second district board member Salvador Escalante said.(TDE)