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Gov Lito to run in 2022 if…

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Rafael Coscolluela turned 74 over the weekend, a veteran of many political battles over more than 20 years starting from his election as provincial vice governor post the EDSA People Power I civilian-backed coup d’etat in 1986.

He wants to go into retirement, “long overdue,” he says, after nine straight years as top Capitol executive, three straight terms that he served under three presidents – Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo.

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Former Governor Rafael Coscolluela during an interview with DNX Editor Julius Mariveles. | DNX file photo.

Still lithe and sprightly for his years, “Gov. Lito,” as he is fondly called, continues to be called upon by governors after him, some his former political rivals, to advise them.

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As the coming 2022 polls appear to be a non contest for sitting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Coscolluela said “some people,” and “no group in particular,” have been persuading him to make a run for the top provincial post.

While he did not elaborate as to the reasons why these people want him to run, Coscolluela said he has no “further political ambitions,” and would usually end the discussion by making a joke.

“I will say: ‘I will only run if I have secured a certificate of insanity,’ and that usually ends the conversation,” he told DNX.

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Coscolluela ran and lost as an independent candidate in 2020 to then Gov. Alfredo Maran on Jr. who eventually made him an adviser on economic affairs.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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