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10-2 Team PNoy
win seen in Negros

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said it could be a 10-2 win for the Team PNoy senatorial slate in Negros Occidental based on their latest internal survey.

The candidacy of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., whom he is supporting for governor, is picking up, he also said.

Benitez, Liberal Party Negros Occidental chairman, did not say who the two on the Team PNoy slate did not make it to the Magic 12 in their surveys.

But he said the two from the United Nationalist Alliance, who have made it to the Magic 12 in their latest survey in Negros Occidental, are Nancy Binay and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.

We think the worst-case scenario for Team PNoy in Negros Occidental is probably eight of them making it to the winning circle but it could also possibly be higher, he said.

Benitez said he has not received word if the Team PNoy bets and President Benigno Aquino III will come to Negros Occidental before the May 13 polls.

It could be because their surveys show that the Team PNoy is doing well in Negros Occidental that Aquino has decided to go to other places where his presence is needed, he added.

The Team PNoy surveys in Negros follow the national trend, Benitez said.

He denied rumors that the President has not come to Negros Occidental because he is in a dilemma on whom to support for governor of the province.

ON GUV RACE

In the race for governor, Benitez said the name Marañon has been engraved in the consciousness of voters since 2001 but the campaign of Alvarez has been picking up.

Benitez denied rumors that he has been talking to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. about shifting his support for the latter in the May 13 polls.

The solon said he is supporting Alvarez because when it comes to fiscal management, a lot is to be desired as far as Marañon is concerned.

I think that, by the way funds and resources are utilized in haste, some of the projects will go to waste, he said.

Marañon has already incurred a huge debt for the province that, if not properly addressed, could drive it to bankruptcy, he said.

That is why he is supporting Alvarez because he believes he will exercise prudence in dispensing the resources of the province, Benitez said.

On the building of the Negros First CyberCentre, Benitez said he does not believe in government entering ventures that are best left to the private sector.

Marañon, when asked for comment, said the Negros Occidental provincial government has a credit line of P2.5 billion, and it has only availed of P891 million in loans for various projects.

He said availing of loans now when interest rates are very low is good for the province as it can build its needed infrastructure at cheaper rates than it would be in the future.

Buildings being built now will benefit future generations of Negrenses, he said.

Marañon said the accusation hurled against him on the fiscal management of the province is a political ploy.

ABANG LINGKOD

Benitez yesterday also maintained that Abang Lingkod partylist has not been disqualified by the Commission on Elections, it is still participating in the polls.

Abang Lingkod can help us because its nominees are from Negros, he said.

In Victorias City, Benitez said he is supporting the mayoral bid of Francis Frederick Palanca and Jerry Lazo Jover for vice mayor because they belong to the Liberal Party.

He is not supporting the vice mayoral bid of his grandfather, Severo Palanca, who is running as an independent.

Benitez is also optimistic about his own candidacy, citing his focused development programs for the third district that address education and health.

I think the people are realizing that these programs must continue and will validate it in the polls, he added.

“It takes a lot of effort and patience to be a public official, but on the flipside, the fulfillment is beyond measure when you have touched and changed the lives of people”, Benitez said.*CPG

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