BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday rallied Negrenses to “respect” the results of the May 9 elections.
Lacson made the appeal as his presidential bet, Vice President Leni Robredo, trailed presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos in the partial, unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data, as of 9:47 p.m. of May 9, with 70.48 percent of election returns.
He congratulated all the Filipinos, who took part in the political exercises.
“Let’s respect also the outcome of this election,” Lacson told reporters after casting his vote at the Guadalope Elementary School in Brgy. Guadalope, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, where he was accompanied by his son, Leandro.
While Lacson supported Robredo, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and 28 of the 31 Negros Occidental mayors gave their all-out support to the Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem.
Based on the same results, Lacson, who is seeking his second term as governor of Negros Occidental, got 673,558 votes compared to his closest rival, John Orola, who got 43,339 votes.
On the other hand, Ferrer has 590,905 votes compared to 51,679 votes of his challenger, Johnry Gargarita.
Aside from the unopposed congressional aspirants, former Vice Gov. Dino Yulo appears to be leading in the 5th district congressional with votes of 81,772, compared to 51,274 of incumbent Rep. Marilou Arroyo, while incumbent Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez is a mile ahead against his challenger, Bernard Ferraris, who has 13,797 votes.*