BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that he did not join the move of about 24 governors, who urged President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections.
“I have not joined that bandwagon because I don’t know if Rodrigo Roa Duterte can be president again. That is an issue that I want to resolve first before we can endorse him as vice president,” Lacson said.
Lacson said he wants to be enlightened that if there is vacancy for the position of president “can he be a president?”
As a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Lacson said they have yet to meet and discuss whom they will support in the elections next year.
These include governors Daniel Fernando of Bulacan, Aurelio Umali – Nueva Ecija, Edgar Gadiano – Occidental Mindoro, Pepito Alvarez – Palawan, Edwin Ong – Northern Samar, Ben Evardone – Eastern Samar, Arthur Defensor Jr. – Iloilo, Antonio Kho – Masbate, Abdusakur Tan – Sulu, Zaldy Villa – Siquijor, Bonz Dolor – Oriental Mindoro, Edgar Tallado – Camarines Norte;
Imelda Dimaporo – Lanao del Norte, Ryan Singson – Ilocos Sur, Dakila Cua – Quirino, Florencio Miraflores – Aklan, Art Yap – Bohol, Bai Mariam Mangudadatu – Maguindanao, Suharto Mangudadatu – Sultan Kudarat, Damian Mercado – Southern Leyte, Micheal Tan – Western Samar, Rogelio Espina Jr. – Biliran, Esteban Evan Contreras – Capiz, and Victor Yu – Zamboanga del Sur.
In their collective statement, the provincial governors said the administration’s Covid-19 response is “succeeding”, and they want the next president to be guided by Duterte particularly in the fight against illegal drugs and the prevailing pandemic.
“We want the President to seek the vice presidency so he could help his successor oversee the implementation of Covid-19 pandemic response programs his administration is carrying out to keep Filipinos from dying of the highly contagious new coronavirus and the illness it is causing,” the governors said.*with report from PNA