Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lacson-Ferrer tandem in 2019 almost a done deal

THE looming tandem of Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and former Fourth District representative Jeffrey Ferrer for the top two provincial posts in the province in the 2019 elections is almost a done deal.

Lacson said on Tuesday, September 11, the tandem only lacks formal announcement.

"If I will quote [Second District] Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr.'s pronouncement, their nominee for vice governor is Ferrer," Lacson said.

Escalante is the secretary-general of the rival United Negros Alliance (Unega) which was headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. while Lacson leads Love Negros along with Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

Lacson, when asked on the possibility the merger talks won't prosper as there are reports Unega may field Sagay City Mayor Marañon III for governor with Ferrer as his running mate, is firm to say that such scenario is not anymore discussed on the table.

This is because Unega has already made the choice that Ferrer will run for vice governor, Lacson said.

Lacson earlier said he has already met with Benitez and that they have agreed to make their formal announcement about their plans for 2019 at the end of this month.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already issued a statement that there are no changes in the schedule for the filing of the certificate of candidacy which will be on October 1 to 5.