Unifying force? LP taps Leni Robredo to clear up muddled Camarines Sur politics
After expelling Camarines Norte Gov. and provincial chairman Edgardo “Egay” Tallado for “grossly immoral acts” that “tarnished the good name and reputation of the party as a whole” last June 15, 2015, the Liberal Party (LP) has picked other politicians to run for the province’s top posts in 2016.
The LP has appointed Rep. Leni Gerona-Robredo (3rd district, Camarines Sur) as “interim provincial chair” of Camarines Norte to help stabilize the situation after 500 LP members supportive of Tallado went on mass leave from the party.
Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel, the vice chair of the LP Camarines Norte chapter, led six mayors of the 12-town province in declaring their continuing support for Tallado and going on mass leave in late June 2015.
The six municipal mayors supportive of Tallado are Romeo Davocol (Basud), Alex Pajarillo (Mercedes), Dina Borja (Sta. Elena), Radamer Herrera (Vinzons), Joseph Ascutia (Labo) and Ronnie Magana (Talisay).
Reyes-Sarion tandem vs. Tallado-Pimentel
After three weeks, the LP is in the process of poaching members from other parties it is allied with. It has retained third-term Daet Mayor Tito Sarion, who was earlier declared “persona non grata” by the Tallado camp.
LP has also practically recruited former Camarines Norte first district Rep. Renato Unico Jr. and current Rep. Cathy Barcelona-Reyes from the National Unity Party (NUP).
Unico Jr. and Barcelona-Reyes are said to be cousins.
Mayor Sarion recently told the regional newspaper Bicol Standard that Rep. Barcelona-Reyes will run for governor, himself for vice governor and Unico for congressman in the province’s first district.
The Daet chief executive also averred that negotiations are ongoing with second term Rep. Elmer Panotes (2nd district) to join the administration party.
According to LP operators in the region, Rep. Barcelona-Reyes and Unico have municipal Mayors Senandro Jalgalado (Capalonga), Romeo Moreno (Paracale), Dong Padilla (Jose Panganiban), Agnes Ang (Vinzons), Egay Ramores (San Lorenzo) and Sarion (Daet) as allies.
They also claim that provincial board members Senen Jerez, Teresita Malubay, Bong Quibral, Erwin Luasin, and Mike Canlas will go where Barcelona-Reyes, Unico and Sarion will go.
This means that Tallado has a voting base in six towns while the new LP members in Barcelona-Reyes and Unico have six of their own. That would change if Rep. Panotes joins the LP.
That essentially means that at this time, the LP lost some and gained little in the current situation of Camarines Norte.
Camarines Norte currently has close to 300,000 registered voters.
(By: Maging Maliwanag)
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