Thursday, April 28, 2016

Albay solon belittles Bicol governors' change of support from Mar to Grace
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, April 28 (PNA) -- The transfer of support of Bicol governors from Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas and vice presidential bet Leni Robedo to the camp of Grace Poe has no effect, if not a little, at all since there are more remaining LP stalwarts in the Bicol Region.

This was the reaction Thursday of Congressman Fernando V. Gonzalez of the 3rd District of Albay to the defection of Bicol governors to Poe's camp.

Earlier, Bicol governors Joey Sarte Salceda of Albay, Edgardo Tallado of Camarines Norte, Migz Villafuerte of Camarines Sur and Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate have reportedly jumped to Poe's ship while Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee has announced his support to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Gonzalez said Lee's wife, Sally, is Roxas' candidate for mayor of Sorsogon City, while his son, Bobbit Lee Rodrigueza is running for governor under the LP.

In Camarines Norte, he said, the entry of Tallado in Poe's lineup has no effect as he had long been removed from the LP with which he had problems and the province has strong candidates who have full support to Roxas and have been helping the LP standard bearer a lot like the Reyes and Unico families.

Gonzalez admitted that since Salceda has been a good leader in Albay, there could be an effect but in the whole, he said, he and the other LP leaders in Albay can push Roxas and Robredo to victory in the province because they have no strong opponents.

He, for instance, has no strong opponent in the 3rd District of Albay while former congressman Edcel C. Lagman is a sure winner in the 1st District and Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi City is certain to retain his position.

Gonzalez said they also have the support of the candidates of their party in the cities of Tabaco and Ligao which have big numbers of voters.

If ever some candidates move from the LP to other parties, more strong candidates are transferring to LP from other parties, he said.

The Albay lawmaker said as officials and members of the LP, they are just the local political machinery for those running for national posts.

What is more important, he said, is the influence of the radio and television media through political advertisements which are being seen by voters in the entire country, especially the airing of the debates, which could give wider and stronger influence to the electorate in deciding whom to vote on the May 9 elections. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD