BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Nationalist People’s Coalition Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson remains silent on his presidential candidate to be supported in the May 9 synchronized elections, stressing that he is focused on his campaign for reelection.
Asked if he will reveal his choice for president to the public, Lacson replied “the people has an idea already who my choice will be.”
However, Lacson said he will “respect the choices of our public officials.”
But admitted that he has a different choice for president to that of San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo.
During the arrival of presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Gustilo and other mayors welcomed the tandem at the Bacolod Silay Airport in December last year.
Lacson used to be the mayor of San Carlos City.
As to the presidential bet of NPC, Lacson said the party has not made any decision as of now.
“I don’t know if the party will even make a choice but I guess by March there will be clarity as far as NPC if it will support a certain candidate or allow members to choose,” he pointed out.
He added that he is open to attend any activity of his presidential candidate if he is invited.
Lacson also said that “on the day of the election I will vote for the candidate who I can trust.”
Majority of mayors in Negros Occidental are NPC members, including Rep. Gerardo Valmayor (1st district, Negros Occ), Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya and Rep. Genaro Alvarez Jr. (6th district, Negros Occ).*