Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that Vice President Jejomar Binay will definitely not win in Negros in the 2016 presidential election.
If Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas decides to run for president in 2016, the governor said he believes that he will garner more votes than his overwhelming numbers in Negros Occidental in 2013 when he ran for vice president.
The governor also said “Negrenses do not need Viagra, maybe it is only Binay who needs Viagra.”
The governor was reacting to statements made by Binay Thursday at the start of his three-day sorties in Negros Occidental.
While Negros Occidental is perceived to be Mar Roxas country, Binay said at a press conference, “that's according to them. I think you should have joined me personally. Hindi naman ganon ang pagkakasabi sa akin (that is not what was told to me),” referring to the crowds who met him in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City.
He called the belief that Negros is Mar Roxas country “speculation”.
In 2013, Roxas garnered 571,155 for the vice presidency in Negros Occidental, while Binay had 177,064 votes.
“The results show that in 2013, Mar got overwhelming votes in Negros. If he decides to run for president, I think he will exceed what he got in the last election,” Marañon said.
“The people of Negros will rally for Mar, being an Ilonggo, he has many relatives and friends here, and his mother (Judy Araneta Roxas) is from here,” the governor added.
Roxas has been credited for fast-tracking the creation of the Negros Island Region and championing the causes of the sugar industry.
As for Binay's statement to a crowd in Barangay Banago that he would give female senior citizens Viagra, Marañon said, “if you have nothing to offer, you offer the impossible.”
“Negrenses do not need Viagra, maybe it is only Binay who needs Viagra,” he said.
Binay, after meetings with senior citizens' groups and a stop at a mall for handshaking and selfies in Bacolod City Thursday, also met with Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella.
Yesterday, he made stops at the Talisay, Silay and Victorias markets, and in the evening, met with a multi-sectoral crowd at the Villamonte Gym in Bacolod City.
Today, Binay will speak at the 69 th Annual Representative Assembly of the Negros Occidental Teachers Foundation at the NOTF Multipurpose Training Center in Bacolod City. He will then meet with officials and residents of Murcia, Negros Occidental, and turn over wheelchairs and medical equipment at the Murcia Public Market.
“What he is doing is pure and simple premature campaigning. He should not be campaigning, he should concentrate on his work as vice president,” said Marañon, who heads the United Negros Alliance.
On the statement of Binay that he is in Negros Occidental for consultations on his party's possible fielding of a gubernatorial bet in the province, Marañon said this is a democracy and anybody can run.
On Thursday, Binay said he would meet with Love Negros officials. Love Negros is the political group that challenged Maranon's UNA in 2013.
But both Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, Love Negros leaders, denied that there was such meeting.
“There was no call for any meeting with the vice president,” Lacson said, adding that he does not know if Binay could find a candidate to field for governor in Negros Occidental.
“I have not been invited to any consultation, maybe because he (Binay) was probably told already that the governor and vice governor will be supporting DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. I guess that's why there was no need to include me if ever there is a consultation,” Lacson said.
“It is interesting to know if, after his three-day visit, he (Binay) will actually have a governor candidate. I doubt he'll find one,” the vice governor added.
Lacson noted that Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, an ally of Binay, mentioned before that he intended to seek reelection, and would not run for governor.
Montelibano said Binay was not meeting with local officials, he was just going around meeting people to let them know what he has done.
The fielding of a gubernatorial candidate in Negros Occidental is not in Binay's planning stage, it is a remote possibility, he added.*CPG
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