‘UNegA-Love Negros coalition getting stronger’

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Members of the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) and Love Negros recently gathered at the Pasalamat Festival in La Carlota City to renew their camaraderie.

“It is a confirmation that the coalition is getting stronger,” said Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr., also UNegA secretary general.

The UNegA assembly was attended by Love Negros leaders, including Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez, who was invited by Rep. Alfredo Marañon III, party chairman of the former, along with its president, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer. (

La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on coined the term “Unified Negros,” with the attendance of members of the two political groups, led by their respective leaders.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who attended the opening of Pasalamat Festival, was unable to attend the assembly because he was still in Hinobaan.

“Unified Negros” is a coalition of UNegA and Love Negros that started during the first term of Lacson as governor, and his second term with Ferrer as his running mate, according to Escalante.

Ferrer, on one hand, asserted that there is no problem with the UnegA-Love Negros alliance.

Meanwhile, Escalante said clashes among members cannot be avoided during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October.

“Free zone (zona libre)” may be declared in some areas if the clashes among their members cannot be avoided, he added.

The mayor said the 2025 elections was not discussed.