LEGAZPI CITY, April 30 (PNA) -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda has expressed dismay over media reports about him not toeing party line for a 12-0 Team PNoy slate in Albay and tagged it as “journalism of the worst order.”
Salceda said there was no statement from him regarding that matter. “Walang ganyan (no statement of such kind); definitely, I did not say it.”
Salceda, who is the Liberal Party (LP) head in Albay, said in a text message that the dropping of the 12-0 Team PNoy lineup and the pushing for the 6-5-1 slate instead were far-fetched political scenarios.
“Because, as a Chinese proverb says, in a rising tide even the garbage goes up, The converse of 10-2 is ‘not 12-0.’ But surely nowhere did I proffer the idea of so called 6-5-1 sample ballots,” he claimed.
Reacting to the Inquirer report where he was quoted on Sunday that he would vote for opposition senatorial candidate Nancy Binay, Salceda said, “This is journalism of the worst order.”
“Walang ganyang statement,” the Albay governor stressed.
Salceda said the role he played on Sunday was to welcome Vice President Jejomar Binay, being the second titular head of the country.
“The (Binay) visit in Albay was an occasion where the Daragang Magayon Festival, a month-long celebration was on its climax,” he clarified. “Everybody is welcome here in Albay, regardless of party, organization, religious affiliation--it’s an Albayano’s trait to be hospitable and friendly.”
“The head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Corp. (HUDCC) requested me to introduce the vice president in the housing conference here where the town executives of Sto. Domingo and Tiwi were recipients of the program,” Salceda explained.
After the program, he said, the vice president asked him to join the top official for lunch at the Oriental Hotel Legazpi.
“There we had a closed-door lunch with the UNA (United Nationalist Alliance) contingent and the party’s embedded media team; there were no media statement there,” Salceda clarified.
He also denied reports that he accompanied the Team UNA in its rally, saying that he was too busy attending to the Daragang Magayon Festival grand street-dancing presentation.
Except for an UNA Rally in Tabaco City, there was no rally in Legazpi and in Polangui, he said, adding the team had a motorcade in Legazpi, Daraga and all the towns in the first district of the province.
Salceda also denied the circulation of sample ballots containing the names of six Team PNoy candidates, five Team UNA members and an independent candidate.
“This is an old practice, a political strategy engaged by some political supporters bent to push for their choice candidates,” he explained.
Salceda refused to comment on the statements made by former senators Ramon Magsaysay and Jamby Madrigal, asking for his explanation why he should not be sanctioned for his loose statement and indiscretion, saying that “they do not have the entire facts.” (PNA) PDS/FGS/MSA/CBD/