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VG, Duterte meet;
2019 elections on


Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he believes the 2019 elections will push through following a recent meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Lacson was among those present when Duterte dropped by Negros Occidental on Feb. 22 for dinner with the Yanson family at the residence of Emily Yanson at Ayala North Point in Bacolod City.

The vice governor said he asked the president if the 2019 elections would push through and his reply was: “I will step down if congress manages to postpone 2019 elections”

“So that tells us that the 2019 elections will push through,” Lacson said.

The vice governor said no local politics was discussed with the president.

“I don’t want to give you the impression that I am close to the president,” Lacson said, pointing out that all he was told was to come in a smart casual attire.

Lacson said he did not know until he went to the Yanson house in the afternoon of February 22 that the president was coming.

“When I got there I realized (there was) somebody special because of the security,”he said.

Asked if he would seek the support of the president in his bid for the governorship in 2019, Lacson said he is not a member of the president’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan.

“I am not a PDP Laban member, I don’t think I have the privilege to seek that support. I really don’t know,” said Lacson, who is a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

He said their group has not decided yet who will be fielded for governor in 2019.

The president really just came to visit the Yanson family and he was served “lutong bahay” food that he likes, Lacson said.*CPG


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