BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that he is supporting the vice-presidential bid of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto.
Sotto is the president of Nationalist People’s Coalition(NPC) where Lacson, three Negros solons and several mayors in the province are members of the political party.
Lacson said he already explained to Senator Francis Pangilinan, who is the vice-presidential candidate, of presidential aspirant Leni Robredo, that NPC is supporting Sotto.
“Senator Kiko understands it, he, being in politics,” Lacson, who is campaigning for Robredo in Negros Occidental, said.
Lacson further said he was told by Ms. Cuneta that she was happy that Senator Sotto, whom she considers as her “Dad” is being supported by NPC.
Cuneta joined the Leni-Kiko tandem rally on March 11 at the Paglaum Stadium in Bacolod City.
Lacson said he will remind the NPC mayors in Negros Occidental, especially those who attended the meeting that “they should understand that the message was clear.”
Almost all mayors and solons in the 1st and 6th districts of Negros Occidental, including Reps. Gerardo Valmayor and Genaro Alvarez Jr, are NPC members.
But majority of them also aired their support to the tandem of presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during their recent visit to Bacolod City.
It has been a while, since we had a national candidate in 1992, Lacson said, adding that “we will give a try.”
During the 1992 presidential elections, NPC fielded the late business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco, who lost to Fidel Ramos.
Lacson, who described the “Angat Tropa” rally of Leni-Kiko at the Paglaum Stadium as “successful,” said he is glad that he was able to contribute a little.
Despite the huge success in Negros, Lacson said he was told by VP Leni that they have still a lot of work to be done and to exert more effort.
While we appreciate the number of people that go to our rallies, there is so much to be done, Lacson, who quoted VP Leni as saying, added.
Asked if he will exert an effort to convince other Negros Occidental mayors to change their mind, Lacson said he respects their stand.
“While all knew that they are also committed to the vice governor, I don’t want to be the reason for them to break that commitment”, he added.*