NPC RESIGNATION DID NOT SNOWBALL Arboleda says no reason to resign

May 26, 2014 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

Provincial Board Member Clemente “Niño” Arboleda said he would not join his fellow board members who resigned from the Nationalist People’s Coalition, saying there was no valid reason for him to do so.
Arboleda told reporters that while he respected the decision of his colleagues to bolt the party, he would not leave the NPC to whom he is loyal.
“I respect their decision (because) they have their own decision. I hope they will also respect mine,” Arboleda , who represents the fifth district in the Provincial Board, said.
Those who bolted the NPC were Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr., Danilo Uy, Angel Baniqued Jr., Raul Sison and Nestor Reyes. Bince told reporters that the four other NPC members in the Provincial Board, would also resign.
But none of them signed. Aside from Arboleda, the NPC members Napoleon Fontelera, Antonio Sison, Mojamito Libunao also did not sign the document.
The non-resignation by the four board members meant that Bince’s claim that the resignation among the NPC members would snowball did not happen.
One of the reasons cited by the board members for resigning was because former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco visits their districts without informing them. They said Cojuangco’s action was a breach of protocol among party mates.
But Arboleda said “the fifth district is not mine and anybody can come and go there. If they come to help the district, they are always welcome.”
“If that is the reason, that is not valid,” he said.
Arboleda was in the United States for official business when five provincial board members signed the resignation letter addressed to a letter saying they were leaving the NPC, but that they did not contact him about the issue.

“I just read (about the resignation) in (social networking site) Facebook and other websites. I was in shock. Would I be removed as majority floorleader? But since I am a member of the Biskeg (Pangasinan) party, I am still the majority floor leader,” he said.
The board members’ resignation letter also stated that Cojuangco’s announcement to run for governor in the 2016 elections and remarks against Espino have caused disarray and a shift of loyalty among their followers and leaders, which they said is detrimental to the interest of the party.
But Rosendo So, a close friend who acts as Cojuangco’s spokesperson, said there was a need to announce early because the province was very wide and that it would take at least two years for any gubernatorial candidate to cover all barangays.
So said he when he accompanied Governor Amado Espino to the barangays when he first run for office, they were not able to cover the entire province in a year’s time. The province has more than 1, 300 barangays.
So was a staunch supporter of Espino, also an NPC member, during his campaign for governorship for three terms.
“It is not true that we are veering away from Governor Espino. But he is no longer eligible to run so the NPC is fielding Cojuangco,” he said.
So also said before going around the province, Cojuangco and him paid a courtesy visit to Espino to inform him about NPC’s decision to field Cojuangco, the party’s provincial chair.
So added that the board members’ claim that Cojuangco’s plan to run as governor caused a rift between him and Espino was wrong.
“If there was rift between the two NPC leaders, Espino should have resigned from the party,” he said.

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