By Marchel Espina
I respect his decision. This was the only comment of 4th District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer when pressed for a reaction after Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres declared to support the congressional bid of former board member Ike Barredo.
Torres claimed that the internal conflict within the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition had trickled down to the local ranks, which greatly affected the relationship among its members.
The mayor said that the issue is not only about political groups and the aim to win the election but more on the tainted relationships between and among elected officials.
He stressed that after the election, he does not expect old relationships to be the same as before.
However, Torres said that he and Ferrer have managed to remain friends despite their political differences.
On Barredo’s chances of winning in Bago City, Torres said that he will work for it although he admitted that the incumbent congressman has many friends in the city and had done some good things to his constituents.
Ferrer said that his split with Torres “is just about politics,” claiming that the mayor is only complying with the stand of NPC to support the candidacy of Barredo. We’re friends, he said pertaining to Torres.
The solon confirmed that 10 of the 24 barangay captains in the city are supporting his reelection bid.
Asked about his chances against Barredo, Ferrer said that “majority of the Bagonhon have pledged to support my candidacy.”
At the end of the day, we will know the result after the election, the solon said, as he emphasized that he is still continuing his campaign in the city.
Earlier, the national directorate of NPC kicked out Ferrer as official candidate of party due to the latter’s association with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr./WDJ