Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced on Monday, February 28, that he is supporting and voting for Vice President Leni Robredo for president and will join her grand rally in Bacolod City on March 11 if invited.
Former governor Rafael Coscolluela, Negros Occidental campaign manager of Robredo and her runningmate Kiko Pangilinan, said he would be very happy to invite Lacson to the rally and will see him on Tuesday.
Coscolluela said details of Robredo’s visit and the venue of the grand rally on March 11 will be known this week.
Lacson said he is for Robredo because “when we face our ballots on May 9, there’s only one question that you should ask yourself – it’s who do you trust and you don’t even have to explain why you trust a person. That’s the main reason why I am voting for any candidate for that matter”.
The governor, who is a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said he is waiting for their party meeting in March to decide on whom to support for vice president.
The NPC members are still waiting for the party decision on the vice president, because as far as the president is concerned most of them have already made their decisions, he said.
Vice presidential candidate Tito Sotto is chairman of the NPC.
There are some NPC members who are saying Sotto’s decision to run for vice president was done without any consultation with members of the party that is why it is very important for the meeting to be held, he said.
Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer earlier announced that he and the majority of the mayors of Negros Occidental are supporting presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Lacson said he respects the decision of the mayors and will not convince them otherwise.
Asked if he will actively campaign for Robredo, Lacson said “If people ask me who I am supporting or voting for… I am confirming it, that is as far as I’m going right now.”*