Pressured by LP? Capiz vice guv ‘sacrifices’ gubernatorial bid

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Despite topping election surveys, Capiz Vice Governor Esteban Evan “Nonoy” Contreras is giving way to his party mate, 1st District Rep. Antonio Del Rosario, for the gubernatorial post.

Contreras said the Liberal Party-National Unity Party (LP-NUP) has asked him to run for re-election instead while Del Rosario will run for governor.

“Who am I to say no?” the vice governor said in a Panay News article.

Apologizing to his supporters, Contreras pointed out that he sacrificed his political plans to keep the LP in Capiz united for the candidacy of LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas.

Capiz is a known bailiwick of the Roxases.

Contreras revealed that his father, former Capiz Gov. Esteban Contreras also talked him into sacrificing his bid for governor.

The Roxases, he added, also did their part in convincing him.

He stressed sacrificing his ambition to become governor for now is “worth it.”

Contreras has long been groomed to replace outgoing Gov. Vic Tanco, who is also with LP.

He first ran for vice governor in 2010, and was unopposed in the 2013 elections.