Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said a status quo in the United Negros Alliance line up for the 2013 election is likely, but Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. was noncommittal, saying he would just wait for the decision of the top leadership of UNA next month.
Marañon and Alvarez held a closed-door meeting at the governor’s office at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday morning, a day after the vice governor met with former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, UNA founder in Manila.
Alvarez, who admitted that he had lunch with Cojuangco on Wednesday, however, would not say who the ambassador’s preference was for governor.
When asked if Cojuangco had reiterated that he wants him to run for governor in 2013 instead of Marañon as claimed by one official, Alvarez said a process has to be followed and the answer will be known after the meeting of the UNA top hierarchy that could possibly take place in two weeks.
Earlier, 18 mayors of Negros Occidental aired their support for Marañon’s running for governor in 2013 with Alvarez as his runningmate.
Alvarez said he has no problem with the mayors’ endorsement of the governor as they also included him.
Asked if a tandem between the governor and him is likely in 2013, Alvarez said that will depend on UNA and the Nacionalist People’s Coalition, of which both of them are members.
Marañon and Alvarez yesterday maintained there is no rift in UNA and that a consensus would be reached next month.
The governor said the recommendation is that the status quo be maintained wherein all UNA members who would seek a reelection be allowed to do so under the party rule on respecting the equity of the incumbent.
“I have told them I am still interested in running for governor if they want me,” he said.
Alvarez maintained that he and the governor have been on good terms, contrary to insinuations being made.*CPG