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28 Negros mayors won’t change allegiance – BBM spox

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

There is no reason for the 28 Negros Occidental mayors who earlier expressed their support to presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., to have a change of heart and jump to other presidential candidates, former Murcia Mayor Esteben “Sonny” Coscolluela, who served as the spokesman of the Marcos campaign in the province, said yesterday.

While he believes in miracles, Coscolluela said there is no motivation, nor a bandwagon to transfer.

Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte are still the leading picks for the presidential and vice-presidential posts in the latest OCTA Research survey results released April 17.

The standard-bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas received the majority of votes for president at 57 percent, compared to 22 percent of presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

Only three mayors in Negros Occidental, aside from Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, are supporting Robredo.

There is no reason why the 28 local chief executives in Negros Occidental will change their earlier commitment and shift it to number 2, Vice President Leni Robredo, Coscolluela stressed.

Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer also supports the Marcos Sara Duterte tandem.

Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante, secretary general of United Negros Alliance (UNegA), said that as far their local party is concerned, they have agreed to a free zone in supporting the national candidates they want.

Escalante, a supporter of Robredo, said “mayors in the province are comfortable with our current stand.”

“I don’t believe that local officials will shift their support anymore,” he pointed out.*

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