THE reelection bid of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer for the 2022 elections gained the support of officials of the Metro Third District.
Mayors Neil Lizares III of Talisay City, Mark Andrew Arthur Golez of Silay City, Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona, Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias City and Victor Gerardo Rojas of Murcia, and most of the vice mayors, supported the bid of former Third District representative Alfredo “Albee” Benitez for mayor of Bacolod City.
They also expressed their support for the reelection of Third District Representative Jose Francisco "Kiko" Benitez.
The top leaders of Metro Third District’s Asenso team led by Francisco Benitez met with key Abanse Negrense officials led by Lacson on Wednesday, September 15.
The reelection bids of Third District Board Members Manuel Frederick Ko and Andrew Montelibano were also backed by the coalition.
Also endorsed were the reelection bids of Abang Lingkod Partylist Representative Joseph Stephen Paduano, and Palanca as second nominee.
Lacson cited the invaluable impact of the full force support of the Metro Third and thanked all its leaders.
Alfredo Benitez, on the other hand, said the unity in the province has even become stronger now with the present leadership, noting that “Negros Occidental is in good hands.”
Meanwhile, amid the recent surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Negros Occidental, the United Negros Alliance (Unega) is postponing its scheduled party convention on Saturday, September 18.
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr., Unega secretary general, in an advisory on Wednesday, said the decision to move the event until further notice was made by the party's Executive Committee.
"As we are fast approaching the filing of our Certificate of Candidacies (COCs) from October 1 to 8, 2021, you are also advised to do so early to avoid any inconvenience," Escalante told Unega members.
He added that if party members who may need additional Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance can contact him or any Unega officer nearest their local government unit.