BACOLOD City – The provincial president of the ruling PDP- Laban called on local political leaders to “unite for Negros.”
“I am hoping that somebody should have a vision for Negros. I want Negros to rise,” said Clint Aranas who is the concurrent president of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Aranas said that whoever wants to run under the party “should follow the rules.”
Pressed if he is working for a unification of rival political factions in the province, he said that “as far as the PDP-Laban is concerned, we are the only faction.”
Leaders and the majority of the members of the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and rival Love Negros led by Rep. Alfredo Benitez have already sworn in with PDP-Laban.
Marañon and Benitez, both of whom are in their last terms in office, have earlier said they will support each other.
The governor said he will support whatever position the outgoing congressman chooses to run for.
Benitez has yet to announce his political plans, although his name is being mentioned in the senatorial lineup of the administration party. But his party-mates wants him to replace Marañon at the Capitol.
Marañon, on the other hand, said his party has no candidates yet for local posts for next year’s elections.
“Will there be elections?” he asked.