Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palace not bothered by defections

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MALACAÑANG yesterday shrugged off as part of "political realignments" the defection of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Singson from the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD to the Nacionalista Party, saying administration standard bearer Gilberto Teodoro Jr. would still win the May 10 polls.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said despite Singson’s defection, many officials from the other political parties are bolting to the ruling party.

Olivar said the Palace cannot do anything if Singson, who is seeking to regain his old post in Ilocos Sur, chose to join the Villar bandwagon.

Teodoro was quoted by reports as saying that while Singson’s bolting was "a big loss" he is relying on his personal relationships in the Ilocano-speaking North.

On Saturday, Teodoro was assured by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia that he has the backing of the One Cebu Party, which is headed by the Garcia clan.

Cebu, which has 2.5 million voters, is the province with the biggest voting population. One Cebu Party counts 49 of 51 mayors in its ranks. –
Regina Bengco

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