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Officials from the NegOcc confirm the local coalition.

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Despite backing rival presidential candidates in the May 9 elections, Negros Occidental’s top two officials have reinforced their solidarity in local politics.

The statement was made at a joint press conference held at the Capitol Social Hall on Friday by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who supports Vice President Leni Robredo, and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, who supports Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Forging a coalition is difficult. This partnership will not be shattered by the presidential elections. We have mutual respect for each other’s choices. Let us demonstrate to the rest of the world that we can have diverse choices in Negros Occidental while remaining intact locally,” the governor stated.

Lacson and Ferrer are both seeking reelection to a second term. Lacson is a member of the Love Negros party, while Ferrer is a member of the United Negros Alliance.

In the majority of the cities, municipalities, and districts, the two local political parties have established a partnership to run joint candidates.

Lacson expressed his support for Robredo earlier this week, only days after Ferrer hosted Marcos and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, in Negros Occidental and this capital city for their motorcade and major rally.

During the press conference, the governor stated that “it is easy to seed intrigues” in their situation.

“We are stating unequivocally that we remain committed to the coalition in the province of Negros Occidental,” he continued.

While the presidential election will only pass, local leaders will be “together 24/7, 365 days a year,” according to Lacson.

“During this campaign season, the governor and vice governor will simply enjoy ourselves, and we encourage everyone to do the same.” Come out for every national candidate who comes here and for whom you are backing,” he added.

Ferrer expressed his hope that, just as he respects the governor’s choice, the people will appreciate his support for Marcos, which he shared with 28 of the Negros Occidental’s 31 mayors.

“All national candidates who come here will be respected as well.” Negrosanons are calm and nice people, thus we won’t say anything negative about them. We are connected on a local level. He went on to say, “We have a strong unity.”

Ferrer is married to Juliet Ferrer, the granddaughter of the late Ambassador Roberto Salas Benedicto, a renowned associate of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Ferrer is a former congressman from the 4th District.

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