Despite complaints and misunderstandings among coalition members, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said Friday that the agreement on the coalition of the Liberal Party and the National People’s Coalition still holds.
Benitez, LP provincial chairman, said they are still campaigning for candidates of their coalition partner, apparently referring to NPC, and their party mates in Negros Occidental.
The gubernatorial bid of Vice-Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. (NPC) got the backing of Benitez and business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco.
While there is a minor conflict among LP-NPC local candidates, they are united in supporting national candidates, Benitez said. At the local level, it is to each his own among candidates, he added.
Benitez said he foresees a smooth victory for Alvarez and his vice-gubernatorial candidate Eugenio Jose Lacson, and NPC provincial chairman Isidro Zayco had earlier claimed that 17 mayors remain committed to the Alvarez-Lacson tandem.
Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, who attended a dinner with barangay captains of Bacolod and 3rd district towns and cities, as well as Valladolid, and the Abang Lingkod partylist group on Friday, said Benitez represents the “future of Negros Occidental and of the country.”
He lauded the achievements of Benitez, and said he is the kind of leader that Negros Occidental and the country need.
Benitez said that, in the three years he has been a congressman, he has implemented more than P2 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Victorias City, EB Magalona, Silay City, Murcia and Talisay City, that he called the biggest allocation for infra projects alone in Western Visayas.
He added that P500 million has been earmarked for the cementing of roads from Silay to Brgy. Patag, that has been identified by a Republic Act as the tourist destination of the district.*GPB