Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is seeking re-election, last night said he is not intimidated by his opponent’s team as he believes Negrense voters are intelligent and will vote for candidates who have performed well for the good of the province.
He said his province-wide line up is in place and all set to go.
Running for congressmen under his team are Nehemias de la Cruz in the first district, Rafael Leo Cueva – second district and Jeffery Ferrer – fourth district, Marañon said. He withheld the names of his team’s congressional candidates for the third, fifth and sixth districts until they file their CoCs.
Running for board members are Jose Maria Valmayor and Cloadualdo Dedicatoria for the first district, Miler Serondo and Salvador Escalante – second district, Edwin Velez and a second bet to be named later – third district, Jose Benito Alonso – fourth district, Melvin Ibañez and Francis Gerard Tuvilla – fifth district, and Ted del Rio – sixth district.
Marañon said they are not fielding a second board member candidate in the sixth district against Board Member Pedro Zayco.
They are also not fielding mayoral candidates against San Carlos Mayor Gerardo Valmayor and Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco.
Marañon said Rep. Ferrer will name their second board member candidate for the fourth district.
La Carlota Mayor Juliet Marie Ferrer has not yet confirmed if she is running as his vice governor, he said.
A source said Mayor Ferrer’s mother, Kitchie Benedicto Paulino, and grandmother, Julie Benedicto, had spoken with Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco and agreed that they would not challenge the NPC team that he supports.
However, Rep. Ferrer when asked for confirmation by the DAILY STAR said they will make an announcement whether his wife will run for vice governor or not at the proper time.
The governor is expected to file his CoC tomorrow.*CPG