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The Manila Times : BBM, Sara get support in Negros Occidental

News & Interviews
14 December 2021

By Eugene Y. Adiong | The Manila Times

BACOLOD CITY: Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and majority of the mayors in Negros Occidental has committed to support the presidential bid of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the May 2022 elections.

This was declared by Ferrer at a forum with local leaders and businessmen at Stone-hill Suites in Bacolod City on Sunday, December 12.

Ferrer claimed that 25 mayors, two congressmen and six provincial board members have committed to back the BBM-Sara tandem.

The vice governor also said that he had organized a meeting on Friday evening with different organizations and volunteer groups in the province with Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos, the campaign manager of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

Among the mayors who are supporting the BBM-Sara tandem, according to Ferrer, are Melecio Yap of Escalante City; Marxlen de la Cruz of Don Salvador Benedicto; Salvador Escalante of Cadiz City; Javi Benitez of Victorias City; Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona; Mark Golez of Silay City; Neil Lizares of Talisay City; Gerry Rojas of Murcia; Nicholas Yulo of Bago City; Rex Jalando-on of La Carlota City; Miguel Peña of Pulupandan; Enrique Miravalles of Valladolid; Jilson Tubillara of San Enrique; Ella Garcia- Yulo of Moises Padilla; Raymund Tongson of Himamaylan City; John Rey Tabujara of Cauayan; and Jose Maria Alonzo of Pontevedra.

He said Vice Mayor Narwin Javelosa of Sagay City, Vice Mayor Renato Malabor of Isabela and Councilor Daph Relequias of Hinobaan are also supporting BBM-Sara.

The provincial board members who committed to the tandem are Samson Mirhan (second district), Ryan Gamboa (PCL-Negros), Andrew Montelibano (third district), Jose Benito Alonso (fourth district), Agustin Ernesto Bascon (fifth district), Valentino Miguel Alonso (sixth district) and Juvy Pepillo (Liga ng mga Barangay).

Ferrer also said that Representatives Marilou Arroyo (fifth district) and Juliet Marie Ferrer (fourth district) have confirmed support for the BBM-Sara tandem.

He expects Rep. Jose Francisco "Kiko" Benitez (third district) to also support Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

"My wife is a Benedicto and you are already aware of the closeness of former ambassador Roberto S. Benedicto to the late president Ferdinand Marcos," Ferrer pointed out.

Ferrer also said that he and Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson agreed to respect the decisions of the mayors in terms of their choices for national candidates.

"The decision is personal and not based on an official party decision. There is no United Negros Alliance or Love Negros," he added.

He said that he and the governor also agreed to support the senatorial bid of President Rodrigo Duterte.