FVR may support LP bets

December 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment


By Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY– Former President Fidel V. Ramos may finally throw his support to the candidates of the Liberal Party in Pangasinan because his own nephew is running for board member under the party, former Vice Gov. Oscar B. Lambino pointed out yesterday.

Lambino, who is running anew for vice-governor, said that as of now the former chief executive has not endorsed anybody contrary to claims that the latter already expressed his support to the presidential bid of administration candidate Gilberto Teodoro.

“Wala pa naman akong nabasang report na inindorso na nya si Teodoro, sinabi lang nya na qualified sya na maging pangulo ng bansa,” he told the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency.

He said that he believed Ramos would eventually support the LP bets including local candidates – second district Congressman Victor E. Agbayani, for governor and himself, for vice-governor as well as the other candidates like Ramos’ nephew, former sixth district Congressman Ranjit R.Shahani, who is seeking a seat at the provincial board.

Ramos had served as defense secretary under the administration of former President Corazon Aquino, who eventually supported the former in his presidential bid in 1992 over then administration-backed party candidate Ramon Mitra. Aquino’s son, Noynoy, is now running for president under LP.

Agbayani is up against re-electionist Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. of the administration party Lakas-Kampi. Lambino is facing two vice-gubernatorial aspirants, outgoing Mapandan Mayor Ferdinand Calimlim and lawyer Julius Magno.

Told that the LP bets are considered the underdogs since they are up against incumbent officials and that some three mayoralty bets are running unopposed, Lambino said he believed his team has the chance in view of the fact that he and Agbayani had served the province well for three terms.

“Hindi sila pasisiguro, they cannot count the chicks when they are not hatched yet. Nasa taong bayan na yan kung sinong pipiliin nila,” he said.

He acknowledged the complicated situations in some districts and municipalities where the candidates for congressman or mayor are expected to be supporting those outside of their respective parties.

Citing as example the situation in third district, he said he had made it clear before he joined the Liberal Party that he could not abandon re-electionist Rep. Rachel Arenas of Lakas-Kampi, who is facing lawyer Gallant Soriano of LP.

Asked why he left the administration party and chose to run with Agbayani, he said he had not been consulted on the merger of Lakas and Kampi although he and the congressman were then provincial party co-chair.

“Kung may gusto sila lalapitan ka, pero pagdating sa merger iniwan ka anong gagawin mo,?” he observed. He said he chose to side with Agbayani because the latter asked him to be his running mate. “Saka maganda yong working relationship namin for nine years,” he noted.

Lambino ran for governor in the last elections but landed poor third against eventual winner Espino and Agbayani’s wife, Jamie. (PIA Pangasinan)

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