Negros Occidental officials confused over election substitution twists

“THIS is the most confusing elections I have ever seen.”

This was stressed by former Negros Occidental Third District representative and Bacolod City mayoralty aspirant Alfredo “Albee” Benitez referring to the current state of the national elections in the country.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also said he is willing to wait until next year before announcing who to support for president.

The reactions of the two officials came as the deadline for substitution of candidates came to a close yesterday, November 15.

“There are lots of substitutions and everything is happening at the last minute (so) we will wait,” Benitez, also a provincial consultant, said.

“I’m more of a spectator and I have not made (up) my mind yet who to support for president (because) the drama may be far from over yet,” he said.

For the governor, “personally, I don’t want to make the decision right away. I may wait until next year.”

Earlier, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said that he and Lacson will meet with the 31 mayors in the province to consult them about who among the presidential candidates they would be supporting.

But the vice governor said they will go for someone who could revive the Negros Island Region (NIR) and those with programs beneficial for the province.

Despite the talks, Ferrer said they will still respect the decision of the local mayors on whom they will support.

Negros Occidental is the fifth vote rich province in the country with almost 1.9 million registered voters based on a data released by the Commission on Elections in 2019.

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