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Guv invites opposition
to join inaugural rites

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will lead the newly-elected Negros Occidental provincial government officials at their inaugural rites at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on June 29.

The governor said he is asking Vice Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson and board members belonging to the Love Negros Team to join the inaugural rites.

The activity will start with a mass at 3 p.m. to be followed by the oath-taking rites.

Marañon said the vice governor-elect is now out of the country but he thinks he will join the rites.

Board member-elect Rolando Ponsica (1st District), who ran under the Love Negros Team, met with the governor yesterday morning, and said he is joining the inaugural rites.

Ponsica said he is not denouncing his political affiliation but is prepared for constructive collaboration. “If a project is good for the province, I will support the governor, and if it is not, I will oppose it,” he said.

Ponsica, who is hoping to head the Sanggunian Committee on Education, was a board member of Negros Occidental from 1998 to 2003, under the administrations of governors Rafael Coscolluela and Joseph Marañon.

Marañon and Board Member Patrick Lacson (3rd District) of Love Negros also met yesterday.

Lacson said, “although we stood for what we believed then was best for Negrenses” when he supported the gubernatorial bid of Genaro Alvarez Jr., the people of Negros overwhelmingly voted for Marañon.

“So much so that while we continue to function as check and balance at the provincial council, nevertheless, deep in our hearts, we know and respect such reality. People agreed and chose what the governor has to offer, we in the opposition must reflect on that reality always,” he said.

Lacson said after meeting and congratulating Marañon, he now hopes they can all blend pro-actively with his intended programs and agenda for the next three years.

Tentatively next week, the Love Negros officials – the vice governor-elect, board members, congressmen, and mayors – will meet to discuss and plan a framework on how they could adjust to the situation, he said.

The vice governor-elect will arrive on Thursday from a short vacation, he said.*CPG

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