BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Atty. John Orola got the support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his gubernatorial bid in Negros Occidental, declared yesterday by Glen Badon, the national executive director of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS).
“I can personally and categorically say that he has the support of PRRD,” Badon, who is now campaigning for Orola’s gubernatorial bid in the province, said.
Orola is a member of PDDS, where President Duterte was supposed to run as senator under its banner. He however later withdrew from the senatorial race.
Badon also revealed that there are ongoing talks between PDDS and matriarch Olivia Yanson of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies, for her support to the candidacy of Orola.
Our party is working hard on that to get the support for Orola, he added.
While he refused to elaborate details, Badon disclosed that senatorial bet Greco Belgica, former chairperson of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, has already been discussing the matter with President Duterte.
The Yanson matriarch is reported to have been close to Duterte, who got their support during the 2016 presidential elections.
“Let us see in the coming days, what will be the declaration of that personality,” Badon said, referring to Olivia Yanson.
But the Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), where Olivia Yanson serves as the corporate secretary, had previously issued a statement that it has remained apolitical in the local elections and no particular name or names have been endorsed.
VTI founder, the late Ricardo Yanson, was resolute in his stand that the company would never be involved in any political party, the statement said.
Instead, he wanted to establish a harmonious relationship with any political aspirants regardless of their political affiliation for the best interests of the city and province, it added.
Badon claimed that Orola is the “trusted guy” of that personality, whom she even accompanied in her trips abroad.
Contrary to speculations being spread in the media, Orola maintained that he has not asked for support or any endorsement from the Yanson family.
For me, whatever the decision of Yanson family, nasa kanila na yan (it’s up to them), he said.
If they will help me, I will be grateful for it, because this is for the province, and not for me, Orola stressed.
He also thanked PDDS and President Duterte for their support to his gubernatorial bid.*