By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday confirmed reports he met with Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez last Friday to discuss their political plans for the upcoming 2019 polls.
Lacson said the vision for the province to have a senator of its own is still there, further fueling speculations Benitez is being pushed to run for Senate.
The vice governor also clarified there was never a problem within Love Negros.
“There was an agreement but I cannot divulge any details,” Lacson said.
“Everything will be known by October 2018,” he added.
Lacson also confirmed he is still eyeing a run for governor in 2019.
In an earlier radio interview, Lacson said he has not received any negative feedback after admitting his interest in a gubernatorial run.
“I cannot categorically reveal what we talked about for 2019 but, most likely, there will be alliances,” he said. “Nothing is definite yet, but perhaps we can reveal everything in the last quarter of this year.”
In addition to Benitez, Lacson said first district Rep. Melecio Yap and Marton Cui, representing former first district Rep. Jules Ledesma, were also present at the meeting.
Previously, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said he and his political coalition, the United Negros Alliance (UNegA), will support whatever position Benitez pursues.
However, Marañon’s running mate during last year’s election, former Congressman Jeffrey Ferrer, said he has the backing of a majority of his party mates if he decides to run for governor.
Benitez has remained mum on his plans after his term ends in 2019./WDJ