LP has no official candidate for governor in Rizal—party official

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MANILA, Philippines—The Liberal Party has no gubernatorial candidate for Rizal, party officials said Wednesday in the wake of remarks made by Steve Salonga, the son of party elder, the former Senate President Jovito Salonga, that the ruling party had abandoned him in favor of another candidate.

According to Samar Rep. Mel Sarmiento, the LP secretary-general, because of the dynamics of Rizal’s local politics, the party decided to forego fielding any gubernatorial bet in the province despite the candidacy of Salonga’s son, who is an LP member.

“The party makes decisions on who should be its candidates in certain areas based on careful scrutiny of their qualifications, track record, organizational capability, as well as their ability to sustain a campaign,” Sarmiento said in a statement.

Steve’s lament

Last week, Steve Salonga, 64, deplored what he said were the “disturbing and aggressive alliances” with dynasties, warlords and traditional politicians that the LP has been forging, particularly at the local level. He said his father, when he was still well, had questioned this but his phone calls and letters had been ignored by the party.

He gave as an example the gubernatorial race in Rizal, where he is running as an independent against what he claimed was the LP candidate for governor there, Rebecca Ynares, who comes from a family whose members already hold five elective positions in the province.

Gladys Sta. Rita, an LP director, said the party did not issue a certificate of nomination and acceptance for any gubernatorial candidate in Rizal.

Reform agenda

But even more than local politics, the LP had to take into consideration the future of the reform agenda of President Aquino, particularly his daang matuwid (straight path) campaign, said Sarmiento.

“This requires that, at both the local and national levels, the party’s candidates should be committed to this reform agenda of inclusive growth and good governance. This is the reason why the LP enters into temporary alliances or coalitions with certain individuals and political formations,” he said.

Sarmiento said the LP acknowledges the contributions of the elder Salonga “not only to the party but [also] to the nation as a whole.”

“We consider him an elder statesman whose contributions to nation-building have been immense. The party will always be grateful to him for his able and competent leadership of it over the years,” he said.

The ailing former Senate president, who is now 92, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has been bedridden since suffering a stroke last year.

Sarmiento said the LP understood the younger Salonga’s position.

“We wish him all the best in his candidacy,” he said.

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  • $44843778

    Taga Rizal ako. Steve Salonga is my governor. No to political dynasty. No to Ynares

  • chiebart

    hanep naman sa sagot si Rep. Sarmiento. given na LP member si Salonga, dapat lang suportahan ninyo ang kanyang candidacy unless hindi siya karapat-dapat tumakbo. if ever hindi siya karapat-dapat tumakbo, e dapat ang LP ay sinabihan siyang wag nang tumakbo. Sorry na lang kayo, Salonga. mukhang hindi na nila kayo kailangan. Salonga vs Ynares? Alam na sino pinanigan ng LP.

  • George

    I pity the Salongas. But they should have known that Philippine politics is dirty and with no sense of loyalty. There are no friends, no enemies, only political interests. There is much wisdom in running as an independent, but not much chance of winning the vote, except the.hearts and minds of people who know that tomorrow may bring a different story.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    sabi nga ni sherap
    weder weder lang

    hindi nag dynasty ang mga salonga
    kaya ganyan

    power games ang pulitika
    posisyon pera armado media

  • damuhoka

    The sad state of Rizal. Formerly a wealthy and large province. Now its as wicked and decayed as the officials who run it. For years its problems of land-grabbing by its G’s in far flung tanay and binangonan are as legendary as Morpheus himself, and while vote-rigging and project manipulation by its mayors with blessings from its C’s are all ubiquitous to Rizal politics, the people there doesn’t seem to care. They still vote for the same old s#it. Take a look at the incurable squatter problem of cainta, antipolo, and taytay, ceaseless crimes, unaccounted public funding of ghost or sabungan / basketball court projects, and the seemingly decades old problem of traffic along ortigas-extension.

    Oh Rizal you’ll probably withdraw your name on the map in shame.

  • akoypinoi

    Daang matuwid ba ang gusto ng LP? Then why did they chose Javier as their candidate for governor in Antique? Javier is the number one corrupt official in the province. For 30 years in power as congressman/governor, governor/congressman.. he did nothing good for the province, only enriching his wealth! Saan ang daang matuwid doon?

  • TOINKZ_06

    SALONGA kami.

  • Brax82

    Why does this not surprise me? LP is also the reason why the Presidential Seat is vacant as well…

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    O ayan, masaya ka na Steve. Wala naman palang official LP candidate. So open election dyan sa Rizal. Pwede mo ng pahiran ang luha mo.

  • Vin

    LP IS CHOOSING THEIR CANDIDATE THAT CAN HELP THEM IN CONTINUING THE CORRUPT COMMUNITY OF THE PH. WE MUST OPENED OUR MIND.. TO CRISOSTOMO IBARRA…. KUPAL YNARES KA KASI.

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