PHOTO CAPTION: CAPTION: San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo led city officials in endorsing the re-election of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer in a meeting in San Carlos City last Friday. Former Rep. Julio Ledesma IV, though not present at the activity, also endorsed the Lacson-Ferrer partnership./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–The merger of United Negros Alliance (UNegA) and Love Negros continue to hold sway over at the 1st District of Negros Occidental, with homegrown leaders there joining other mayors and local officials from other bailiwicks in endorsing the tandem of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer in the May elections next year.
More than a dozen mayors in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th districts earlier expressed support for the Lacson-Ferrer partnership.
According to San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo, he is privy that incumbent Rep. Gerardo Valmayor (1st district) and former Rep. Julio Ledesma IV are endorsing the duo as well.
The event last Friday, September 10, also saw the governor officially endorsing the re-election bids of several mayors and their respective vice-mayors and councilors all under the Team Unity banner, including that of Gustilo, Mayor Marilyn Era of Calatrava, Mayor Melecio Yap of Escalante City, and the coalition in Don Salvador Benedicto led by Mayor Marxlen dela Cruz.
The coalition in DSB, divulged Gustilo, was forged by Valmayor.
Also throwing their backing for the Lacson-Ferrer duo were Board Members Rommel Delgado and Araceli Somosa of Love Negros.
No endorsement came from Toboso as it was declared by UNegA as a “free zone” after talks between the two contending parties there fell.
Madonna Marañon-Jaojoco, wife of incumbent Mayor Richard Jaojoco, will run for mayor against either former Mayor Evelio Valencia or incumbent Vice Mayor Jesse Rex Bartolome for the mayoralty post.
Lacson expressed his appreciation for the endorsements he and Ferrer received from their political peers and wished everyone success in their respective campaigns. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)