By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., chair of the United Negros Alliance, brushed aside rumors of a rift between some members of the publicly acknowledged dominant political party in the province.
The rumor cropped up after a supposed meeting of UNA members did not push through Monday allegedly because some of the mayors were not available.
Marañon himself confirmed that the supposed meeting of UNA did not push through because some of the Negros mayors could not make it.
"Rift? What rift? Marañon said when asked by reporters here.
Reports circulated that Rep. Jules Ledesma (1st District) is going to run for governor in the 2013 elections against Marañon who is expected to seek re-election.
Marañon has been dodging questions on whether he will run for re-election or not.
The UNA was founded by former Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco.
Aside from Ledesma, the names of 4th District Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez also came up as possible gubernatorial candidates if Marañon will not to seek for a reelection.
Meanwhile, Marañon clarified that the postponement of UNA's meeting has nothing to do with the non show-up of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Binay who is the national chair of the other UNA or United Nationalist Alliance which is an alliance of some major national political parties was supposed to be the guest in the Pabahay program of the provincial government held at the Nature’s Resort and Restaurant Monday.