Lakas-Kampi funding woes lead to more defections
By RG Cruz
MANILA, Philippines – The Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s lack of campaign funds continues to create cracks within the ruling party, weakening the base of support for its standard-bearer, Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro.
Ray Roquero, the party’s newly appointed secretary-general, said they are “racing against time” to reach their local candidates who have been complaining of lack of financial support.
“We hope to resolve this pressing issue soon. We will keep you posted because I know that deep in your hearts, you do care for Gibo,” Roquero said in a statement. “We only choose our president once in six year. I hope we will not commit a mistake.”
One of the bailiwick provinces of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD which has not received funds is South Cotabato.
The party’s provincial party chairman, gubernatorial candidate Arthur Pingoy, said the provincial chapter is greatly affected by Teodoro’s resignation as party chairman.
He said they do not know who among the Lakas-Kampi-CMD officials they can talk to for their campaign funds.
Bicol abandoning Gibo?
In Bicol, former Camarines Norte Governor Jesus Typoco Jr. said he has already shifted to Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. because he feels the ruling party has already abandoned him.
“Parang balewala kami sa kanila. Minamaliit nila ang Lakas dito sa Camarines Norte (They are snubbing us. They are belittling Lakas in Camarines Norte),” he said.
Camarines Sur LRay Villafuerte said only 2 Lakas-Kampi-CMD governors in Bicol region have not shifted camps because of the party’s failure to provide them with campaign funds.
Villafuerte said Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee is now being wooed by the Villar camp. He said Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, a loyal administration ally, might also change his mind.
He said he expects more local leaders of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in Bicol to shift to Villar’s camp 15 days before the elections.
Villafuerte warned Lakas-Kampi-CMD that it would be losing a huge support base if it does not address its problem on campaign funds.
Data from the Commission on Elections said Bicol has more than 2.5 million registered voters. — Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News