Former Bacolod Rep. John Orola said Wednesday, August 11, that he was surprised by rumors circulating that he will run for governor of Negros Occidental in 2022.
Orola said he has no plans to run for governor, he is just helping Bacolod in its trade, tourism and investment programs as consultant of the city government.
As a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines one of their plans is to go around Negros Occidental to inform people about employment and investment opportunities, he said.
That is because in September there will be China and Dubai trade fairs that Bacolod is invited to join, so he is preparing for that, he said.
Orola said he has not said he will run for governor. “Politics is over for me, but whatever is the decision of the people, on where I should run, I will see in the coming days,” he said.
Negros and Bacolod should unite in drawing up a master plan, he said, adding that he may have been misinterpreted for saying that.
Orola said he is still a registered voter of Bacolod City.
In order to run for governor, one should be a registered voter of a town or city in Negros Occidental, and not in Bacolod City.*