By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. yesterday revealed the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) is planning to meet next week, August 25, to discuss who should run for governor and vice governor in the 2019 polls, noting he was recently encouraged to run for office.
After indicating the party would back a gubernatorial run by former Negros Occidental fourth district Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, who unsuccessfully ran for vice governor in 2016, he said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. suggested he seek higher office.
“The governor also wants me to run for vice governor,” he stated.
UNegA political rival, Love-Negros, is reportedly considering running incumbent Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez or current Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for governor in 2019.
Last month, despite being the leader of UNegA, Marañon said he would support Benitez in his 2019 aspirations.
Meanwhile, Escalante also projected the 2018 budget for the province at P3.3 billion.
He added, Marañon is expected to pass the proposed 2018 budget next month./WDJ