‘Not Dead Yet,’ Bong Says of UNA-LN Merger

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson still believes that the proposed merger between his Love Negros (LN) Team and the United Negros Alliance (UNA) of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., is not a dead issue yet.

However, the Vice Governor admitted that he cannot determine yet if the proposed merger of Love-Negros and United Negros Alliance headed by Gov. Marañon will happen, two months before the filing of certificate of candidacy in October for the next year election.

But he said the public will know soon.

“We always recognize that the planned merger would face challenges. That is why I cannot say if we can consider the merger as a dead issue,” Lacson said.

Under the proposed merger, Love Negros is pushing a status quo with Marañon as governor and Lacson as vice-governor.

But Marañon hinted several times that he wants Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, who is now on his last term, as congressman of the 4th district as his vice-gubernatorial candidate.

On his part, Marañon has remained non-committal as far as queries from reporters are concerned on the proposed merger.

“Ambot” was the most recent answer of Marañon when pressed by Capitol media on the status of the merger.*