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Cavite Rep. Barzaga to Roxas: You won’t be abandoned

Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:01

Cavite 4th District Rep. Elpidio Barzaga assured Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas that he will not suffer the fate of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, who was abandoned by some party mates in the 2010 presidential elections in favor of his cousin, Benigno Aquino III.

Barzaga, vice president of the 30-man National Unity Party (NUP) at the House of Representatives, pointed out that Teodoro’s allies in the then administration party Lakas-CMD jumped ship because then President Arroyo was unpopular due to allegations of graft and corruption.

On the other hand, President Aquino continues to enjoy the support of majority of the people, Barzaga stressed.

“This is like selling a product. The product must be good. Both Mar and ‘Gibo’ are intellectually qualified, highly educated and had solid government experience but they have different circumstances,” the Cavite lawmaker was quoted as saying in Manila Bulletin.

LP and Roxas have met with NUP last week to solicit their support. NUP is the third biggest party in the House of Representatives next to the ruling Liberal Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) of business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., PNoy’s uncle.

The meeting was held in the wake of the pronouncements of Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, president of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), that the party is set to back the tandem of Poe and Francis Escudero.

Barzaga said Roxas must be sure of the loyalty of his political leaders and supporters as well as having adequate logistics and a clear political strategy.

“We have seen that if you have the mass appeal, you can be elected regardless of your qualifications. It’s about time that we change that and our approach to voters; emphasize that everybody, professional or not, educated or otherwise, should participate during elections because each vote will all count equally – as one. It’s just unfortunate that those who can discern the candidates more would rather not participate,” Barzaga stressed.

The cracks in the LP-led administration coalition became apparent after Poe emerged at the top of the surveys on presidential preferences, with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., vice president of the LP, admitting that his “heart” is closer to Poe.

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