EVEN if leaders of opposing parties in Negros Occidental support the eventual presidential bid of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is doubtful that Roxas could re-unify the local officials into one party.
“In the first place, we don't want him in a situation (that he will have) to resolve the political issues in the province,” the vice governor said.
Like Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who leads the United Negros Alliance (UNA), Lacson, who belongs to Love Negros Team, also declared support for Roxas. Lacson said the same situation is also happening in Panay where the local officials who declare support for Roxas are also battling it out for the top positions in their provinces.
Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said that Roxas, if anointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP), could possibly unite the Negros officials.
Benitez, provincial and regional chairman of LP, added that he will go with the party's decision if Roxas is chosen as the party's presidential candidate in the May 2016 elections.
Meanwhile, Lacson said that despite having several options for 2016, his top priority is still to seek re-election.
His statement came after it was reported that First District Representative Julio Ledesma IV will not field his wife Actress Assunta de Rossi to succeed him.
Lacson said that running for congressman in the First District could be one of his options, but still he wants to seek re-election.
He still refused to comment about the merger talks between UNA and Love Negros Team.