Former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson was proclaimed vice governor of Negros Occidental at the Social Hall of the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.
Lacson won with 398,967 votes, or a margin of 28,327, over Board Member Melvin Ibañez, who garnered 370,640.
Also proclaimed winners by the Provincial Board of Canvassers along with Lacson were Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) and the board members who ran under the Love Negros ticket of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr.
The Love Negros board members proclaimed were Renato Gustilo and Rolando Ponsica – first district, Patrick Lacson and Johnna Ko – third district, Victor Javellana – fourth district, Renato Malabor – fifth district, and Pedro Zayco and Helen Zafra – sixth district.
Vice Governor Alvarez lost his bid for the governorship to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who won by a margin of 170,085 votes and was proclaimed winner Wednesday.
Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (Neg. Occ., 1st District) did not show up for the proclamation rites of the Love Negros team yesterday.
Meanwhile, vice governor-elect Lacson said “We are not enemies with the governor, whatever is good for the province we will support, but for sure if we feel it is not good then we will speak out, we will not be quiet.”
If the governor calls for them to discuss his agenda for the province, Lacson said, definitely, they will attend that meeting.
“We are not here to obstruct any programs of the governor…we will cooperate with the governor,” he said.
“I congratulate Governor Marañon for his victory together with the board members who won in this election,” Lacson added.
He also thanked Ibañez for a very high level campaign. “There was nothing personal, we just concentrated on issues.”
Lacson said he intends to report for work at the Capitol everyday as he did when he was mayor of San Carlos.
He was surprised that he won in some areas where the vice governor lost because they always pushed for a straight ticket, Lacson said. There were a lot of surprises in this election, he said, noting that, in two areas in the sixth district, their mayors even lost.
“I guess, someday, we will be able to sit down and analyze what really happened,” he said.
Lacson, who was accompanied by his mother, Menchu, at his proclamation, said he thanked God, the supporters of their team, Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco, Vice Governor Alvarez, and the Yanson family, especially Emilie Yanson, for his winning the vice governorship.
Meanwhile, Board Member Lacson said he is humbled and grateful to the people of the third district for reelecting him.
Lacson said while he still grieves for the loss of Vice Gov. Alvarez, the votes are sacred and he respects that. “If the people of Negros chose Gov. Marañon, I respect and I support that,” he said.
He said although the majority elected to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan comes from the Love Negros Team, they will not be obstructionists.
“We have to separate politics and public service,” he said.
Gustilo thanked the people of the first district for supporting him.
If the governor has programs that are good for the province, they will support them, but at the same time, we will also act as watchdogs, he said.
Zayco said his priorities for the sixth district is the delivery of basic services for the health and education needs of his constituents.*CPG