Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. and Board Member Melvin Ibañez yesterday thanked all those who supported them in their run for the top two positions of the province in the May 13 polls.
Alvarez (Nationalist People’s Coalition) who garnered 357,809 votes lost to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (United Negros Alliance) who had 528,895 votes, or a lead of 171,086 votes.
Alvarez said he was “okay” and had “no problem” with the outcome of the elections.
The vice governor’s runningmate former San Carlos Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson (NPC) won with 398,967 votes or a lead of 28,327 votes against Melvin Ibañez (UNA) who had 370,640 votes.
Ibañez said he congratulates Lacson for winning the vice governorship and thanks him for keeping the campaign on a high level, without personal attacks.
He said the results of the elections also vindicated Marañon as the people, through their overwhelming number of votes, have shown that they believe in his Negros First agenda and in what he has done for the province.
Ibañez thanked his family, friends, supporters and the people of Negros Occidental who voted for him, saying that, from the start, he knew that the race for the vice governorship would be close.
He will now concentrate his efforts on his family, church work, his profession as a doctor, and on farming, Ibañez said.
Ibañez said he is keeping his options open for whatever position that would enable him to help the governor in his health care and education thrusts after a year.
Lacson, who also lauded Ibañez for keeping the campaign on a high level, said “This victory is not mine alone. Every Negrense has a stake in this and I am willing to give this back to you in true and sincere service at the Capitol.”
He also thanked all those who voted him into office.*CPG