Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fast campaign pace forces Villar to miss sorties

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:47:00 03/14/2010

Filed Under: Manny Villar, Politics, Elections

Original Story:

CALBAYOG CITY—THE FRENETIC campaign pace of the Nacionalista Party has forced its standard-bearer Manuel Villar to skip two scheduled campaign sorties this week.

After a much-publicized absence from a presidential forum in Davao City on Tuesday, Villar was a no-show again here on Friday, disappointing not a few supporters and admirers.

On both occasions, no explanation was issued by the party.

NP members told the Inquirer that Villar opted to skip the Calbayog-Catarman-Catbalogan sortie on Friday due to late meetings on Thursday followed by a campaign ad shoot in the Baseco compound in Manila the morning after.

Helicopters waiting to ferry Villar and his running mate, Sen. Loren Legarda, to Catarman and Catbalogan City were lying idle at the airport here practically the whole day Friday until Legarda showed up past 4 p.m.

NP senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo, Gilbert Remulla, Ramon Mitra and Martin Loon, son of detained Col. Ariel Querubin, showed up at the designated time of 7 a.m.

Legarda explained to reporters the reason for her delayed arrival and Villar’s absence.

“Senator Villar wanted to be here,” she said, but the ad shoot lasted until the wee hours of Friday. “It should have been finished by Friday morning, but due to the rain, it was delayed … until late in the afternoon.”

“He had to meet a lot of people, so he asked me to proceed here,” Legarda said.

Villar and Legarda got to meet in Southern Leyte yesterday afternoon, a rendezvous that was again delayed because Villar’s helicopter was reported to have broken down.

Villar’s unpredictable schedule—which changes at the last minute—
has been a nightmare for his regional political officers and organizers and the media pack covering his campaign. Michael Lim Ubac

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