By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The United Negros Alliance (UNegA) is supporting the stand of both Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer on their positions on “conflict areas” or zona libre in the coming 2022 elections.
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante said that he agrees with the statements of the governor and vice governor.
“The stand of UNegA is clear from the beginning with regards to the conflict areas,” Escalante said.
Lacson, who filed his certificate of candidacy last Friday, said he may opt to stay neutral in several areas where members of Love Negros and UNegA may clash.
The coalition tried its best to make them understand “to agree among themselves but we did not succeed in some areas especially in the 5th district,” Lacson said.
“We will allow them to run in their respective positions with the promise that whoever comes out the winner will be respected and we will continue to work with them, the governor pointed out.
Ferrer, on the other hand, said that there are areas that they have tried to unite since 2019.
“There is a continuous healing process. So there are areas where we can’t stop the local rivalry,” he said.
He said that whoever was given the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance “will be supported by UNegA.”
Earlier, the towns of Toboso, Hinigaran and Isabela, and Himamaylan City were declared as free zones or zona libre where candidates from both parties have candidates running for mayor.
Other local government units that are expected to have political rivalry are La Carlota City where members of UNegA will go against each other for the mayoralty post and Binalbagan and Hinoba-an where the same scenario is unfolding./DGB, WDJ