Guv-elect answers anti-coal critics

INCOMING Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson receives the banner of the provincial government from his predecessor Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. (back) during the turnover ceremony afternoon of June 27, 2019. (Dolly Yasa)

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Incoming Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson stood up to anti-coal critics whom he claimed “already sowed hatred towards me.”

Lacson will assume as governor on June 30, 2019.

He answered the issues directed at him, particularly on the proposed coal-fired power plant in his home city of San Carlos where he was a former three-term mayor.

“Even before I take my oath and assume my office as governor, some sectors have already sowed hatred towards me,” Lacson lamented.

In a press briefing, Lacson denied accusations levelled at him regarding the proposed power plant.

The incoming governor said he will not repeal the executive order issued by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. declaring the province as coal-free upon advice of his lawyers.

He added that there is no need to re-file Marañon’s proposed ordinance that will ban coal plants in the island since “it is a subject matter which is still on the process with the Provincial Board”.

On claims that he reportedly approved the construction of the coal-fired power plant in San Carlos, Lacson said the vice governor’s office has no authority to do so.

“We all know that it is the responsibility of the said local government unit and not (this office). Neither is it also the responsibility of the governor’s office,” he said.