BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Former Bacolod Rep. John Orola yesterday laughed off reports that he is challenging incumbent Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson in next year’s elections, adding that he was surprised by the news circulating on social media.
Orola, who is a tourism and investment consultant of the Bacolod City government, doused speculations that he is running for governor of Negros Occidental, stressing that he has not transferred his voting registration records outside of Bacolod City.
The former Bacolod solon raised the possibility that his visits to towns and cities of Negros Occidental to promote employment, trade and investment opportunities, being a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, may have been misinterpreted.
Orola explained that it has something to do with the holding of the China and Dubai trade fairs next month, with Bacolod City among those invited to participate.
“Politics is over for me,” he declared.
Orola also stressed the need for unity in creating a master plan for the province and city.
He assured whoever will be the elected leaders of his support in the development of the province and Bacolod.
Lacson said yesterday he is not concerned by reports on social media that Orola will be running against him in the 2022 elections.
He earlier announced that he will seek re-election with Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer as running mate.
Ferrer is the president of the United Negros Alliance, while Lacson is affiliated with Love Negros, that has an existing coalition at the provincial level.*