BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed on Aug. 8, 2017 that he met with 3rd district Rep. Alfredo Benitez last Aug. 4 amid reports that both of them are eyeing the governorship in the 2019 polls.
When asked about their talks, Lacson said “probably what I can say right now is his vision to become a senator is still there.”
When asked if Love Negros, the local political group that he and Benitez formed, is still intact, the vice governor said “there was never a problem with Love Negros.”
“There was an agreement but I cannot divulge any details. Everything will be known by October 2018,” Lacson said.
He also confirmed that he is still eyeing to run for governor in 2019.
Earlier, Lacson also said, he did not receive any negative feedback to his “expression of interest” to run for governor in 2019.
“I cannot categorically reveal what we talked about for 2019, but most likely there will be alliances. Nothing is definite yet but perhaps we can reveal everything in the last quarter of this year,” he said.
Lacson said that also present in the meeting with Benitez were 1st District Rep. Melecio Yap and former 1st District Rep. Jules Ledesma’s representative Marton Cui.
Earlier, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., said that he and the United Negros Alliance (UnegA) will support Benitez.
But Marañon’s running mate in the 2016 election, former congressman Jeffrey Ferrer, said he also has the backing of majority of his partymates if he decides to take over Capitol.
Benitez has remained mum on his plans after his term ends in 2019 except that he is a run for the Senate or Negros Occidental governor.