PNoy makes last ditch to pitch LP bets in CamSur
By JUAN ESCANDOR JR.
TINAMBAC, CamarinesSur—President Benigno Aquino III made a last ditch effort Friday to pitch for local candidates of Liberal Party (LP) in the fourth, third, and second districts of Camarines Sur where the administration party has fielded candidates.
PNoy also endorsed LP gubernatorial bet Jose Anselmo Cadiz and the mayoral candidates in the towns of Calabanga and Libmanan, swing towns in the third and second districts, respectively.
PNoy’s visit and endorsements of local candidates of LP were his second within the local campaign period. He visited Naga City last March 27 to make the same endorsement and made himself available for photo ops with local candidates who used them in their tarpaulin streamers and posters.
The presidential entourage landed at the Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur at past 10:00 a.m.. and proceeded to Naga City to inaugurate the newly renovated city hospital with funding from the national government of P15M and a local counterpart of P10M.
A government executive involved in the coordination of activities who did not want to be quoted because she is not authorized to talk about the internal dynamics of the visit said Tinambac town was chosen for Muhlach’s benefit although the administration party has no candidate for town level positions in that municipality.
Tinambac, 85 km from Naga City, is dominated by the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) with its candidates for mayor, vice mayor, and councilors running unopposed. NPC fields Felix William Fuentebella, a scion of the Fuentebella political clan that holds sway in the fourth district of Camarines Sur for more than a century now.
A night before PNoy’s visit on Friday, Muhlach was with Nacionalista Party gubernatorial bet Miguel Luis Villafuerte in a concert held in Lagonoy town square. Muhlach supports and endorses the young Villafuerte for governor rather than LP’s Cadiz.
“From day one there was no (Liberal Party) candidate for governor. If I am not mistaken, he (Cadiz) filed his candidacy last Oct. 5, the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy,” Muhlach said when asked how he handles his candidacy supporting the NP bet.
“I’ve cleared with the Liberal Party that my governor is LRay Jr. Villafuerte (Luis Miguel Villafuerte). Sinabi nila na okey na yan (commitment to Villafuerte). Naka-commit na ako,” he added.
LP gubernatorial bet Jose Anselmo Cadiz hesitantly filed his certificate of candidacy for governor after Leni Robredo filed her COC for third district representative on the last day of filing. Cadiz was forced to abandon his candidacy for third district representative on Oct. 3 and refiled COC for governor on Oct. 5.
At 11:30 A.M., the crowd hooted when Martin Nievera and Andrew E. arrived at the compound of Don Servillano Platon Memorial National High School while waiting for the arrival of PNoy.
The crowd went wild when Andrew E rendered Tagalog hip-hop songs and worked on the crowd who sang along with him. He also gave away CDs of his popular songs.
Martin Nievera, gave rendition of his popular songs while the crowd sang along with him. Nievera tumbled from a monobloc chair unhurt while performing his songs perched on the plastic chair among the crowd.
PNoy arrived at the high school compound at 12:28 aboard two presidential choppers that flew in from Naga City accompanied by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and DOTC Sec. Jun Abaya. He was welcomed by Muhlach and wife Charlene Gonzales before proceeding to the stage.
Muhlach told the crowd that it was Mar Roxas and PNoy who gave him the go signal to run in the congressional race in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.
The actor said he was inspired by the tuwid na daan governance of PNoy that’s why he decided to run and asked Roxas and PNoy permission to join LP.
He promised to give to the people projects intended for them “without deduction” and will focus on agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism.
PNoy was introduced by Roxas who echoed that indeed Muhlach presented himself to the president for their support to the actor’s candidacy and added that many more are endorsing including entrepreneurs.
Roxas claimed Muhlach was offered to run for senator but declined because “he cannot leave behind his kababayan.”
PNoy jokingly recalls he is Muhlach’s contemporary and credited the actor of his staying power in showbiz from matinee idol to mature roles and portrayed him as a responsible person.
He took note that the incumbent and unopposed NPC mayor of Tinambac town did not give them permit to use the covered court and he kidded that he will order Roxas to make an inventory to know where the freedom park budget went.
Addressing some 5,000 spectators, PNoy campaigned to vote Cadiz for governor, while Muhlach, who campaigns for rival bet, watched the president at the sideline, sitting beside wife Charlene Gonzales.
PNoy asked the crowd to vote for Muhlach and the Team PNoy senatorial candidates who will push for meaningful legislation and lead the nation to the straight path.
PNoy proceeded to Calabanga town at past 2:00 P.M. where he campaigned for Leni Robredo who is running in the third district congressional race against Nelly Villafuerte, wife of outgoing Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte. He also endorsed LP mayoral bet, incumbent Vice Mayor Phillip Dumalasa.
He proceeded to Libmanan town at 3 P.M. from Calabanga to campaign for Cadiz, congressional aspirant Sabas Mabulo of the eight-town third district and mayoral candidate Joel Bonsol, then flew back to Manila on the presidential plane.