By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Rep. Alfredo Benitez III doused speculations that the United Negros Alliance is on the verge of disintegration with the reported showdown between Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon III and vice governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez for the top post in the province come the 2013 elections.
“UNA has been solid and has been united for the past elections. Why do we want to destroy that?
“And if you ask any mayor with UNA, I don’t think they want a showdown (between Marañon and Alvarez),” Benitez declared after administering the oath of new LP members in Bacolod City.
Benitez, a key member of UNA, which is an umbrella party of all national parties in the province, declined to make a categorical statement on who he will support if ever Marañon and Alvarez run against each other.
Benitez explained “there will be a formal process of selection for the governor and the vice governor which will be decided based on previous processes.”
He said that “it will be the congressmen together in one meeting that they will make the decision on who the candidate for governor will be and then the governor will be given the authority to choose the vice governor will be while the congressmen will have the authority on who will be their mayors in their respective districts.”
Benitez stressed “for the sake of the party, for the sake of the province we must preserve the unity, we must move forward and it is for the best interest of everyone to ensure the unity of the party.”
On the equity of the incumbent, Benitez said that “equity of the incumbent ensures peaceful selection but of course the other flipside of the coin is if that person is no longer acceptable and is not doing a good job, will we still go for the equity of the incumbent?”
As to his assessment of the performance of Marañon as governor, Benitez said “There are good points and strong points…”