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Lacson to stay neutral on ‘free zone’ areas

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Love Negros members join Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson during the  filing of his Certificate of Candidacy at the Provincial Social Hall in Bacolod City, where the COMELEC temporarily holds office until Oct. 10.* GPB photo

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that he may opt to stay neutral in several areas in Negros Occidental, where there is clash among Love Negros and United Negros Alliance candidates.

The coalition tried its best to make them understand “to agree among themselves but we did not succeed in some areas especially in the 5th district,” Lacson, who belongs to Love Negros, said.

“We will allow them to run in their respective positions with the promise that whoever comes out the winner will be respected and we will continue to work with them,” he stressed.

“Most likely me and the vice governor will stay neutral in areas where there is a battle”’ Lacson said.

While there are areas where political rivalries cannot be avoided, Ferrer said that continuous healing process is still underway.

But he said that whoever was given the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) “will be supported.”

While respects the position of the governor, Ferrer said that UNegA will support its own candidates.

Lacson admitted that his partnership with Ferrer is gaining widespread support from mayors all over Negros Occidental, citing the case of Don Salvador Benedicto where the coalition is strong.

It is a model that other LGUs should follow in future elections,” he stressed.*

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