BACOLOD

Love Negros leaders meet with 17 mayors

NO consensus arrived in the meeting of Love Negros on Sunday, September 16.

This was revealed by a source of SunStar Bacolod.

Himamaylan City Mayor Agustin Ernesto Bascon confirmed that the meeting took place Sunday, but he refused to give further details.

He also confirmed that 17 mayors, who are members of Love Negros including himself, attended the said meeting at Jay-J’s Restaurant.

Also present were Love Negros leaders Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, along with Sixth District Representative Mercedes Alvarez and First District Representative Melecio Yap Jr.

Bascon said they will have another meeting on September 23 but he refused to give some details.

Reports have it that mayors were asked for their preference if who will be the group's candidate for governor.

When asked for comment, Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., secretary-general of rival United Negros Alliance (Unega), said they will just wait for whatever decision the Love Negros will make.

Initially, the two have already decided that Love Negros will fill the gubernatorial candidate and Unega will field the vice governor.

It was earlier reported that Lacson was the choice of the Love Negros for governor and former Fourth District representative Jeffrey Ferrer of Unega.

Lacson had said his Ferrer only needs a formal announcement and that he and Benitez have already agreed they will make an announcement end of this month.

As of press deadline, Lacson and Benitez could not be reached for a comment about the result of their party's meeting on Sunday.

Bascon, meanwhile, said he leaves it to the leadership of Love Negros to decide if he will run for congressman of the Fifth District.

He also said that Love Negros has not come up with an official line-up yet for the whole province based on their meeting on Sunday.


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