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Move over NPC, Tarlac councilors form new party

Sep 3, 2015 @ 0:37

A new political party has come out in Tarlac to challenge the dominant Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in the 2016 elections.

Paniqui councilor Ross Tayag said their group, called Tarlaqueñong Malaya (TAMA), is composed of “independent-minded” municipal councilors in the province.

“Our main intention is to unify all independent and independent-minded, progressive and principled leaders to become a potent political group. We will be the alternative voice of the people of Tarlac,” Tayag was quoted in a Philippine Star report.

In the 2013 elections, 17 councilors, two mayors and two vice mayors in Tarlac won as independent candidates; the rest were from NPC.

The NPC, which was founded by businessman Eduardo ”Danding” Cojuangco, has dominated Tarlac politics for years.
Second District Rep. Susan Yap-Sulit, Gov. Victor Yap, Vice Gov. Enrique Cojuangco Jr., seven of the 10 provincial board members, 15 of the 18 mayors and around two thirds of municipal councilors are its current members.

Moncada town Councilor Ricardo Vengco said independent councilors “have been marginalized by the dominant party for a long time.”

“Our special programs are not supported…as a consequence, our constituents suffer. With our bonding, we will have a bargaining power,” Vengco said.

Tayag, TAMA ad-hoc committee chairman, said they would establish chapters in the province and administer the oath of village officials before they would seek Comelec accreditation.

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