Benitez, Lacson meet, discuss 2019 poll plans

on Wed, 08/09/2017
By Carla P. Gomez

It looks like Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) is more likely to run for senator, paving the way for fellow Love Negros member, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, to go for the governorship in the 2019 polls.

Lacson confirmed yesterday that he and Benitez met over breakfast Friday.“There was an agreement but I cannot divulge any details,” he said.

“Probably right now I can say that the vision (of Benitez) to become a senator is still there,” Lacson said.

Meanwhile, Lacsonsaid his own option to run for governor remains.

Everything will be known in October 2018, he said, when candidates for the 2019 polls file their certificates of candidacy.

Earlier, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who heads the United Negros Alliance, said he would support Benitez in his bid either for the senate or for the governorship in 2019.

Marañon, who is on his third and last term as governor, did not say whom he would support for governor if Benitez opts to run for senator.

Should Lacson run for governor, there is talk that his likely running mate could be Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, who is on her third and last term as congresswoman of the 6th district of Negros Occidental.

Marañon'srunningmate in the 2016 polls, former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), has not ruled out running for governor in 2019.*CPG