UNegA to push for ‘balance’ in local polls

BACOLOD City – The United Negros Alliance (UNegA) will push for “balance” in any local lineup that they will support, Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday.

Escalante, secretary general of UNegA, made the statement amid reports that 3rd district Rep. Alfredo Benitez will soon announce his bid for the governorship of Negros Occidental.

Political leaders in Benitez’ home district are pushing the lawmaker to run for the province’s top post to replace Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Former board member Patrick Lacson already launched a social media campaign to convince Benitez to run for governor.

“UNegA hasn’t met yet with regard the 2019 local elections. But for me to achieve unity there should be a balance of officials, Love for Governor and UNegA for vice governor. Or it might also be the other way around,” Escalante said.

Marañon earlier said he will support Benitez if the latter decides to run for either senator or governor.

Escalante said that “as a party, we will support whoever the governor supports.”

Benitez’ ally, incumbent vice governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, still has one term left.

UNega also has a list of possible candidates for governor and vice governor such as former congressman Jeffrey Ferrer and his wife incumbent rep. Juliet Ferre, the governor’s son Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Maranon III and Escalante himself.

When asked what will happen if negotiations to unify the two political groups fail, Escalante said UNega “will cross the bridge when we get there.”

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