Mayors back Benitez’s gubernatorial bid in Negros

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Negros Occidental Rep.Albee Benitez got the support of all the five mayors of his district should he decide to run for governor in the 2019 midterm elections.

The five mayors in the third district of Negros Occidental who expressed support for Benitez’s gubernatorial bid were: Talisay Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares III, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, E.B. Magalona Mayor Marlon Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano.

Incumbent Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is currently serving his last term. Benitez also ends his third term as congressman in 2019.

However, Benitez said he has to weigh his options first, revealing that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez offered him to run as Senator in 2019 under the ruling party PDP-Laban’s ticket.

Benitez, who heads the Visayan bloc at the House of Representatives, said it won’t be an easy decision, noting he has to consider the welfare of his constituents.