Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that his runningmate Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District) was defeated by Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson because of overconfidence and failure of their political machinery in the second district of Negros Occidental.
Name recall and other factors also contributed to Lacson's victory, he added.
The people have spoken, it is time Negrenses unite for the good and the progress of the province, the governor said.
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting yesterday reported that Lacson garnered 464,451 and Ferrer 453,050 representing 97.26 percent of the returns, or a lead of 11,401.
Ferrer won by 26,186 votes in the second district but it was not enough to cover the lead of Lacson in the first and third districts of the province. Marañon said.
Lacson had a lead of 57,825 in the first district with 48,209 of that coming from San Carlos City. Marañon said they failed to campaign enough in San Carlos City.
Lacson also had a lead of 52,760 in the third district.
Sagay City, the hometown of Marañon, gave Ferrer 35,878 votes or a lead of 23,965 over Lacson. However, the governor said it could have delivered 5,000 votes more.
He also noted that Ferrer lost by 3,359 votes in Manapla, the bailiwick of Liberal Party Negros Occidental chairman Manuel Escalante, and only had a small lead of 5,480 votes in Cadiz City.
“I think the name Lacson is more well known in Cadiz,” Marañon said, because the Lacsons own a lot of land in that area.
Cadiz could have delivered a lead of 15,000, he said, noting that Lacson won over Ferrer by only about 10,000 votes overall.
Ferrer had a lead of P80,868 in his bailiwick in the 4 th district but lost by 3,484 votes in the second district and by 4,661 in the sixth district.
The governor said maybe the campaign of Lacson, with the help of Ceres Liner and his TV advertisements, also clicked because name recall is very important.
He noted that the tarpaulins of Lacson were placed on Ceres buses.
The governor noted that the canvass of votes in this election was very fast.
There was no cheating, but there was vote-buying, which has become more expensive, he added.*CPG
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