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Albee chairman
of ‘Love Negros’

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Members of the “Love Negros” party are staying together as a team, with Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) as their chairman.

“It's really just a group that loves Negros,” Benitez said yesterday.

The candidates of the Love Negros team in the May 13 polls met at theMidas Hotelin Pasay City Friday night to discuss their plans to move forward.

Elected officers along with Benitezwere Vice Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson – vice chairman, and district point persons Marton Que – first district, Gary Acuña – second district, outgoing board member Manuel Ko – third district, Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres – fourth district, Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla – fifth district, and Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco – sixth district, party spokesperson, Board Member Patrick Lacson, said.

Also among those present at the meeting were Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District), board members, mayors, a vice mayor and councilors.

Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr., the Love Negros standard bearer in the May 13 polls, was not present.

Incoming vice governor Lacson said the sentiment of their group at the meeting was to continue to exist as a team to help each other in working for the development of the province.

Lacson said they will not be obstructionist, as mature public officials, they will work for whatever is good for the province.

Board Member Lacson said “"We are grateful to the people of Negros. Most of the Love Negros candidates, from vice governor, board members to mayors, won in the May 13 election.”

They did not gather to dwell on what happened on May 13, but to bond and to strengthen their fellowship, he said. “We are all looking forward to working hand in hand in serving Negrenses,” Lacson said, adding that he is confident of the unity and commitment of the members.*CPG

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