BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Three weeks before the May 9 elections, political lines have already been drawn in Negros Occidental, disclosed Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr.
Escalante and Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, secretary general and chairman of the United Negros Alliance, respectively, are supporting the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo.
Reelectionist Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and almost all UNegA mayors in Negros Occidental, on the other hand, have earlier endorsed the candidacy of presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
As far as UNegA is concerned, Escalante said “we agreed to have “libre zona” (free zone) or we are free to choose for the national elections.”
He added said that “mayors in the province are comfortable with our current stand.”
“I don’t believe that local officials will shift their support anymore, he pointed out.
Escalante also said that he will no longer convince other local officials in Negros Occidental to join him in his support for the presidential bid of VP Leni.
As fellow mayors we respect their decisions as much as they respect ours, Escalante stressed, adding that he will only campaign to his other friends.
Reelectionist Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also supports Robredo, and the vice-presidential bid of Senate president Tito Sotto. Both Lacson and Sotto are members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
Escalante said that he supports the call of former Murcia Mayor Sonny Coscolluela, spokesperson of the Marcos campaign in the province, to respect whatever the results of the May 9 elections.
“The final survey of the Filipino people will be on election day on May 9.” he pointed out.*