The Liberal Party, in all likelihood, will just adopt the candidates fielded by the United Negros Alliance in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental for the 2013 election, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), said yesterday.
UNA is a coalition of members of various national political parties, including the LP that Benitez heads in Negros Occidental.
Benitez, who along with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., distributed Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program cards in the third district (story on page 12) yesterday, also said there is no rift in UNA, and that they will remain united in 2013.
“If there’s a rift, would we be here together? What you have seen today is the opposite of the rumors,” the governor said of their all being at the NOCHP card distribution activities.
“The United Negros Alliance is as strong as ever,” Benitez also said.
But when asked who will be running for governor of the province under the UNA in 2013, Benitez said, “I really don’t know who will be fielded.”
The question has been raised amid talk that the vice governor could be the UNA choice for the post currently held by Marañon, who is the UNA chairman.
However, it has been pointed out that under the equity of the incumbent rule, Marañon would have the upper hand.
Benitez said he did not know anything about that, and he will just abide by the UNA selection process as has been practiced in the past.*CPG