Albay governor: I was only extra-hospitable

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Albay Gov. Joey Salceda was just “extra-hospitable” to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) when he posed for cameras with its senatorial candidates Nancy Binay and Jack Enrile in Albay on Sunday.

Or was he?

In a text message he sent to President Aquino on Tuesday, Salceda explained to the Liberal Party (LP) chairman the circumstances surrounding his not-so-secret “endorsement” of the senatorial candidacy of the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, two of the so-called “three kings” of UNA.

Were it not for his position as regional chairman of the ruling LP in Bicol, Salceda would have gotten away with this rather bizarre public display of political loyalty, or the lack of it.

However, in an ambush interview on Tuesday, the President said he remained confident that Team PNoy had the “full backing” of Salceda in the vote-rich region.

Guests at festival

 

“Let me read it first (since) Joey Salceda responded. The gist of this lone message is—he was just extra-hospitable. So he says nobody talked to him and he is being quoted,” said the President.

Aquino then decided to read the text message aloud.

According to Salceda, he entertained UNA candidates since “they are guests” of the local festival, “Daragang Magayon.”

“Their encounter lasted for 15 minutes. When he campaigned for Team PNoy—when Team PNoy was there (last March)—it was 18 hours,” said the President, paraphrasing Salceda’s text message.

“When I was asked (about the support of) Albay, it’s still 10-2 (for Team PNoy),” said the President, quoting Salceda.

The lengthy text message did mention Salceda’s body language that earned the ire of Team PNoy senatorial candidates Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Jamby Madrigal and Risa Hontiveros.

Held hands only

They questioned Salceda’s pitching for Binay, with Magsaysay saying “this is not right.”

“To think that [Salceda] is the head of [the Liberal Party chapter in Bicol]. It might have been a personal choice, but he is expected to have additional responsibilities given his position in [the party],” Magsaysay said.

In the text message, Salceda admitted that he “was asked to raise (their) hands.”

“I courteously held the hands of Nancy and Jack but did not raise (them). Then, that made me stand up and go,” he said.

Several reports—by local papers and online news outlets—confirmed that Salceda appeared with Binay and Enrile at the press briefing, which was also attended by the Vice President himself.

A picture circulating on the Net showed him clad in UNA’s orange color as he held the hands of Nancy and Enrile.

Salceda was quoted as saying: “I’m not about to endorse Nancy directly. I always wear my heart on my sleeves. Certainly, she has my vote.”

Dismayed

In Legazpi City, Salceda expressed dismay over media reports saying he was not toeing the LP line for a 12-0 sweep by Team PNoy in Albay.

He said there was no statement from him on the matter. “Definitely, I did not say it,” he said.

Salceda, in a text message on Tuesday, said the dropping of the 12-0 Team PNoy goal and pushing for the 6-5-1 slate instead were farfetched political scenarios.

“Because as a Chinese proverb says, ‘In a rising tide even the garbage goes up.’ The converse of 10-2 is not 12-0. But surely nowhere did I proffer the idea of so called 6-5-1 sample ballots,”he said.

Salceda, reacting to an Inquirer report said, “This is journalism of the worst order,”where he was quoted that he would vote for Nancy Binay. “I gave no such statement,” he said.

The governor said the role he played on Sunday was to welcome Vice President Binay, being the second titular head of the country.

Festival climax

“The (Binay) visit in Albay was an occasion where the Daragang Magayon Festival, a monthlong celebration, was on its climax,”he said.

Salceda said everybody was welcome in Albay, regardless of party, organization or religious affiliations.

“It’s an Albayano’s trait to be hospitable and friendly,”he said.

Salceda said he was asked to introduce Binay because a program of the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council, which is headed by the Vice President, had beneficiaries including the town executives of Sto. Domingo and Tiwi towns in Albay.

Rambotito

 

“After the program, the Vice President asked me to join him for lunch at the Oriental Hotel Legazpi. There we had a closed-door lunch with the UNA contingent and the party’s ‘embedded’ media team. There were no media statements there,” he said.

Salceda said “when I was called to sit at the VP’s table, the media swarmed” around it.

He added he told reporters he fought with Binay under Bandila against the Marcos dictatorship.

Salceda said he remembered Binay as a “Rambotito” defending the Cory Aquino administration against the coups and that he had acknowledged Binay’s leadership of Makati City.

He said Binay pushed the “frontiers of LGU (local government units) engagement and role in nation-building and national development.”

“I was half-seriously asked by the media to raise the hands. I merely held the hands of Nancy and Jack, but did not raise them. It was a signal for me to stand and go,” the governor said.

“Senator Jinggoy just laughed and said that I was a character.”

Salceda denied reports he accompanied UNA to its rally, saying he was too busy attending to the Daragang Magayon Festival’s grand street-dancing presentation.

No rally in Legazpi

Except for an UNA rally in Tabaco City, there was no rally in Legazpi City and in Polangui but the team had a motorcade in Legazpi, Daraga and all the towns in the first district of the province.

Salceda refused to comment on the statements of Magsaysay and Madrigal asking for his explanation on why he should not be sanctioned for his indiscretion. “They do not have the entire facts,” he said of Magsaysay and Madrigal.

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  • Anong345

    “I’ll buy political insurance,” (pun intended)–that’s the bottom line here. Of all UNA’s bets Nancy Binay is the least qualified–she won’t be elected councilor in Albay if her Dad is not Jojo. PNoy should teach this guy a thing or two about party loyalty especially now that PNoy a some goals that the people want him to finish before he leaves office.

    • JOSEPH gARCIA

      nanira nanaman dapat tumakbo ka senador kasi kung sa tingin mas karapat dapat ka sa inenjoy na kasikatan ni Nancy Binay. kaya lang eh kung mananalo ka

    • $20722540

      party loyalty? vested interest meron kasi pareho pareho lang yong mga yan

  • Kiro Nazakato

    Good you clarified, Governor. You have an honest, God-fearing, and hard-working President, stay with him, and the Liberal Party, the party steeped by principles and honest public service. Why go astray? Why stain yourself??

  • AllaMo

    ROTF LMFAO! Ang mga politiko nga naman. Tiim bagang at ilalaban nang pukpukan nang bayag ang kasinungalingan nila.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    10 – 2 instead of 6-5-1, was that supposed to make his party mates at LP happy?

    It’s an improvement no doubt when he dropped Zubiri the electoral cheat, but a glorified assistant or dakilang alalay being cataputed by his dad to the senate and Jackie Enrile tied to some murder during martial law is not exactly the kind of candidates one must endorse, A political party using the so-called straight narrow path to righteousness for a slogan while its regional chairman endorsed questionable characters is reducing it to TUWAD na DAAN, but then again some of the characters in the Team Pinoy lineup are not exactly of good moral characters either, hehehe.

    How they play the political game only displays their true nature that in this personality and patronage based political election the contest is not about party principle and ideology but Mafiosi based personal loyalty………

  • ernievictory

    extra hospitable ??? huh ? dapat hindi ka pala governor . dapat sa iyo GRO !

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      in cebu it’s O____ Ray Gunitan.

  • Atawid

    This is a reflection of a real trapo character – namamangka sa dalawang ilog. Nag pa bango na siya kay Binay at this very early. What a gall to endorse people who evade debates. Look what he did to Gloria when he felt na tataub na ang bangka

    • TinimbangNgunitKulang

      Akala lang niya yung magiging Presidente si Nognog.

  • EOJ

    I give the good governor the benefit of the doubt.

    I have no doubt, the result of the elections will bear him out. It will be 11-1 for Team PNoy in albay.

  • cato_the_younger

    Looks like politics had really corrupted Salceda. It’s amazing how he can say these things with a straight face. Magpakatotoo ka Joey.

  • anton kinuton

    mr salceda, can you go live on tv and radio and deny endorsing binay and enrile and tell the people especially bicolanos not to vote for them? balimbingan na ba ito mr salceda? ang aga naman…

    • http://www.facebook.com/rotonda.glass Rotonda Glass

      tunay na politiko lang si gov tingnan mo karamihan balimbing

  • punto_lang

    playing safe nakakahiya Gov. Salceda, ikinahihiya ka ng Albayanon!

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Balimbing thrives in all parts of the country, Bicol is no exception.

  • nonato

    Gov. Salceda a.k.a. “Jayson collins”, mahiya ka sa ginagawa mo!!..

    • http://www.facebook.com/rotonda.glass Rotonda Glass

      Umamin na rin ba na bading siya

  • Jess Jacinto

    Team PNOY is just a brand of the same old politics. Same same. Walang daang Matuwid. Si Cythia Villar of Team PNoy nga may daang palikuliko sa Las Pinas eh. Parepareho lang. Don’t kid yourselves.

  • Jose Guevarra

    shoot!!! hindi pa man din, balimbing na!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001784140441 Jose Almario

    Kung ikaw ba ay binisita ng kaibigan o kakilala man lang, magiiging bastos ka ba. Aba dapat naman magpakatao ka. Dahil pagkatapos ng election, magkakasama ang mga yan. Pero ang kakatawa, e ginawa na rin yata nuong panahong papataob na si GMA. Sabi nga ni Efren Bata Reyes, play safe para madalas panalo sa laban.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Iba ang maging maalaga sa mga taong bumisita sa iyong bahay. Tatak yan ng isang maginoo. Iba rin ang kawalan ng delikadesang magpakuha ng litrato na kasama ang “kontra-partido” sa kasagsagan ng kampanya. Tatak yan ng isang opurtunistang balimbing!

  • Fayha

    Si Gov. Salceda ay si Balimbing King.

  • farmerpo

    Wag po kayong kasing magalit. Pera pera lang yan. Joey Salceda pa. Daming pera ni Binay. Additionally, Salceda is asphalting his ‘relations’ with Jojo Binay who will ‘become’ President in 2016. And so a lot of local leaders think……

  • DGuardian

    Nangangahulugan lamang na isa ring corrupt at rapacious na tao si Joey Salceda dahil kung siya ay righteous na tao, hinding hindi siya kakampi sa mga magnanakaw, mamamatay-tao, at mga burak ang pagkatao. BAkit nauuna sa mga polls si Jackie Enrile at Nancy Binay? Alam naman nating hindi man lamang kilala si Nancy at si Jackie Enrile naman ay may napaka-notorious na reputasyon? May magic na naganap between sa kanila at sa nagco0conduct ng mga polls. Mukhang ikinu-kondisyon nila ang isip ng mga tao. Kapag nanalo sila sa isa pang magician’s act, aakalain ng mga tao ay sikat nga sila kahit ang totoo ay hindi. Iyon namang mahilig na bumoto sa akala nila ay mananalo ay baka sila ang iboto dahil sa mga magicians’ surveys. Tigilan ninyo na sana ang Pilipinas. Mga bilyonaryo na kayo courtesy ng napakadaling lokohin na bayang ito.

    • JOSEPH gARCIA

      eh kung suportahan nya ang Team Palaka madami ding notorious dun

  • ddano

    Lame excuse. More lame of P-Noy to accept that lame excuse. At the least , what salceda did amounted to Lack of Sense of Propriety. But what can we expect from trad-pols.

  • BatangSingapore

    naisahan ni salceda ang team abnoy at pinasasakay lang pala si president abnoy hahahahhahahaha.

    • lex

      Presidente ng Pilipinas maiisahan ng isang binabaing gobernador? Palibhasa kabaro ka! Ilublob kita sa Jurong Island, gusto mo ba Ate?

      • pugak

        masyadong napaghahalata ang pagiging political opportunist napakasigurista pinaghahandaan na naman kong sino ang mananalo sa 2016 para dun naman sya

      • JOSEPH gARCIA

        abnoy kasi ung idol mo presidente

      • Yogi Doodle

        wala ka na bang masabi kundi “abnoy” lang?

      • lex

        Eh ikaw sinong idol mo? si PARU – PARONG BUKID?

  • Brix Villapando

    Balimbing talaga yan eversince the world began…..

  • Anton Bautista

    indiscreet. Typical politician. Not surprised. Honor, loyalty and delicadeza not high on the list of virtues.

  • Atawid

    I don’t want to relate the facial attributes to character but, it seems this applies to J.E.S (initials of Judas EScariot) Joey Salceda. Very traitoric ang mukha nya.

  • leodegardompruna

    As politicians, Magsaysay and Madrigal, should have kept their cool. It is a fact that because of age and character, respectively, both have a slim chance of getting into the magic twelve. The people have the right to choose their candidates and not to tie up along party lines. The Filipinos should shun their ignorance with courage in this election time with the resolve to vote for one who has the welfare of the country and people at heart. God bless the Philippines.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    aww mukhang hindi kapanipaniwala ‘yang dinadahilan mo sir. sa gulang mong iyan at sa tagal mo na sa politika ay parang niloloko mo si pnoy. ang pinaka-simple sana ay magpaalam ng mabuti bago lumipat ng partido. good luck na lang sir.

    • JOSEPH gARCIA

      abnoy kasi kaya nagpapaloko

  • speedstream2

    Politicians come in different stripes and colors. And they will use every opportunity that will advance their agenda and, when caught in a fix, they never run out of lame excuses. Btw, there’s a reason for the term “turncoat”.

  • jess ravalo

    Ano ba talaga ang kulay ni Governor Salceda?

    • GlenMJacob

      sad to say but bicolanos are getting famous for being “balimbing” (turncoat) !.

  • $14334231

    karamihan sa isda, nabibingwit sa bibig…..si manang joey, nabingwit yata ng pain na “papel” ng tatlong hari, si hudas enrile, hudas binay at hudas estrada….saka pag nasa labas, naka damit lalaki, pagsa bahay o kasama ang “kalaguyo” sa kuwarto, naka damit babae…..di ba ikaw ‘yan, manang joey???……..paki tingnan ang naka paligid na alalay, ni manang….puro bata at mga pogitoy…..

  • Paking

    In Philippine politics, this is normal. Lahat naman sila doble-kara pero itong si Salceda, lantaran kung dumiskarte. Siyempre, para kung sino man ang nasa puwesto, lagi siyang mabango. Good job, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, pero kung ako si P’NOY laglag ka sa partido dahil wala kang delikadeza at prinsipyo.

    • panaloangtotoo2

      Sus, ikaw naman, sobra kang mapaniwala sa envelopmental journalism!

  • ting0508

    That’s politics for you. Otherwise, it’s no longer politics!

  • Loggnat

    Layier, layier, pants on fiere. :))

  • x44

    There’s a lot of GOOD politicians among us. Even better than those already seating now(Salceda type). We are principled. We can differentiate right from wrong. We don’t steal. They claimed they are super good for the position. When all they(Salcedas) were doing is enriched themselves. They sees money only. This country is better-off without them. Better YOU than him.

  • wawa2172

    There is no such thing as political party loyalty, turncoat and coalition did it. Most of the LP members are turncoat from Lakas-CMD and it is true all over the country. Coalition made it worst since parties connive with each other for election purposes .Come 2016 the political party will polarized again with some of those now with LP will join the opposition or break up with the coalition. Maraming opportunista sa politics like paano pinagsama si Cayetano at PNoy, Villar and Jamby, Bam Aquino whose a youth leader for GMA admin, Jun Magsaysay and Salceda was an ally of GMA then, etc. Well, politics would become worse when PNoy becomes a lame duck soon at wala na masyadong makikining sa kaniya dahil palabas na siya sa palasyo and time for him to go back to private life. Siyempre mag iipon din si Noy kung sakali unless he is really that clean, he will be jobless soon. No worry though sagot siya ni Titay who can afford to pay 49 million pesos in taxes. Modesty aside mayaman din si PNoy so kaya niyang buhayin ang sarili and he can return to his security agency business, yung BEST Security agency niya na nag babantay sa mga magsasaka na di makapasok sa Hacienda Luisita noon.

  • Joe Sby

    Nobody asked the follow-up question to why Salcedo would vote for Binay — WHY would he vote for Binay as Senator? What are her qualifications? Dahil lang ba anak siya ng Vice-President?

  • GlenMJacob

    BINAYaran kasi sabi nang isang blogger.

  • gisingpinoy12

    Hindi naman balimbing si Manay Gov…HOTCAKE tawag sa kanya. Hindi pa luto yung kabila, bumaligtad na.

  • mamer2

    Did say, or Did not say.
    Still…, “ACTION Speaks Louder Than WORDS”.!

    • ApoNiLolo

      … or in this case – “A picture paints a thousand words”. >: D

      • mamer2

        Righto!
        “Action speaking through pictures”.!

  • honest man

    Playing very safe. Just about to jump to the other side of the fence. Can not be trusted. Beware…

  • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

    SALCEDA…NANGIGITATANG TRAPO..TO THE MAX !!!

  • pinoyislander

    TRAPO. ako ay isang trapo TRAPO. bow

  • panaloangtotoo2

    Joey was right…Media has their ways of putting their words to your mouth…irresponsible journalism!

  • samarutan

    si Gov. Salceda namamangka sa dalawang ilog. political butterfly kasi. di ba kakampi to ni GMA. Nagtaka pa kayo!

    • Descarte5E

      Mali, si GMA ang pilit na kumakampi sa kanya. Lahat gusto kumampi kay Gob. Salceda, yan ang istorya, dahil sa Albay votes. Laking pasalamat ng LP dahil nasa kanila sa Gob.

  • ApoNiLolo

    Given that he was “misquoted”, the fact that he is the head of LP in Albay and we’re in the middle of election campaign, posing for the camera with candidates from another party sends a different signal to the public and his party mates. He lacks scruple to say the least! >: (

    PNoy trying to tone it down only aggravates the situation. “Compromise” is a by-word of weak leaders. Sack Salceda from the party to show you mean business! Hindi kailangan at sagabal ang mga opotunista at balimbing sa pag sulong ng iyong “daang-matuwid”

    • Descarte5E

      Gob Salceda was set up. He was attending to his official function as governor of Albay. PNoy can’t sack Gob Salceda, that’s political suicide. Do it and Team PNoy will get ZERO vote in Albay. Para namang di nyo kilala kung sino si Gob Salceda apo. After Robredo, Salceda na ang sunod matunog sa Kabikulan.

      • resortman

        Zero vote? mget real….tagasain ka tabi?!

      • ApoNiLolo

        Bistado ko ang gobernador nyo, “Padi”. Hindi lang sobrang sip-sip kay Gloria nung si GMA pa ang naka-upo pag katapos bumalimbing ng alyansya ng si PNoy na. Sobrang din syang bilib sa sarili na akala mo siya lang ang gobernador sa Bikol na nakakaintindi ng economics.

  • UrHONOR

    HOW “sweet” naman the sound of that word, noh? In fairness and sa totoo lang, noh? Slight lang ba? :)

  • kilabot

    extra-hospitable to the point of endorsing.
    understood.
    salceda is just forward looking;
    he knows jejomar will be pres in 2016;
    with the backing of noykapon’s family like in 2010;
    the binay and aquino families are bff;
    have you heard noykapon or binay attacking each other?
    jejomar is noykapon’s insurance against future political vendetta.

  • regd

    What happen when you lay down with dogs? You get fleas!

  • Mark

    Anak ng! Eh kung palatidahan ko yang mukha mo, sa dami-daming susuportahan sa UNA ung anak ni Nognog at mamamatay tao pa ung enondorso mo. Mas malaki ba silang magbigay? Kung ako kay Pnoy nilaglag ko na itong mokong na ito eh.

    Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
    (Nagsiwalat ng mga Fertilizer scam at iba pang scam sa panahon ni GMA)

    Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
    (Hindi Trapo, Totoo ang hangarin tumulong sa mahihirap)

    Bam Aquino
    (Hindi Trapo, boses ng mga kabataan at edukasyon)

    Richard Gordon
    (Hindi Trapo, kilala sa pagtulong sa mahihirap)

    Edward Hagedorn
    (Magaling na mayor ng Puerto Princesa, kailangan natin ang gaya nya sa Senado)

    Jamby Madrigal
    (Lumaban sa C5 scam ni Villar)

    Aquilino Pimentel III
    (May prinsipiyo, umalis sa UNA para hindi makasama ung mandaraya sa eleksyon)

    Grace Poe
    (Hindi Trapo, Maganda magtrabaho noong nasa MTRCB pa sya)

    Alan Cayetano
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni GMA at FG Mike)

    Antonio Trillanes IV
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni matandang Enrile, GMA at FG Mike)

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      yan ang tama !!!

  • John_Galt_II

    Naipaglaban daw sila kay Marcos. Akala tuloy nila may karapatan na silang maging walanghiya. Mga magnanakaw na animal!

  • Descarte5E

    Ang problema lahat sila may problema. Hindi alam ilagay ang distinction sa pagitan ng official government function at pangangampanya. Nangunguna na si Binay, natural bise presidente sya at as a matter of protocol kelangan i receive sya ni Salceda, pero di nya dapat kinaladkad anak nya at si Enrile for the sake of delicadeza, eh wala naman delicadeza ang nognog na yan.
    Kapal din naman ng mukha ni Nancy. Iyan ba iboboto nyo? Walang proper decorum. Eto namang media sinet up si Gov. Salceda. Sa totoo lang pinagkakaguluhan nyo ang endorsement ni Gob Salceda para sa Albay votes. Hindi kayo kailangan ni Gob Salceda, mas kailangan nyo sya, yan ang aminin nyo. Sanction him for his indescretion? Takot na lang ng mamang Panot.

    • MiguelLorenzo

      I have known the intelligent Bicol vote ever since with or without Salceda. Cory won over Marcos, I dont remember FVR and Erap, but I believed they may have won a small margin. And during that “lucky bitch’s” time when Congressman Salceda was an avid (rabid) supporter/adviser, the Bicolanos did not support her. Salceda will not influence my vote, but this I say he is one hell of an opportunist!

  • blowcoldblowhot

    Despite its resources and the tireless campaigning of Aquino, who has decided to make stumping for his bets his full-time job, everything is really still up in the air. The giant echo chamber built by Malacanang, the captive survey companies and the co-opted media may make 12-0 sound like a sure thing, but it’s certainly not.

    I’m going with Binay here and betting that UNA will pull a surprise on election day, assuming that polls have not been rigged. The panic that has so obviously consumed the administration is a sure sign that the sweep will only take place in the mind of Aquino.

  • resortman

    Puro opurtunista yang mga yan lalot eleksyon, kung san may kikitain dun yan..its been like that for ages..politicians will open their legs to the highest bidder…magtataka pa kayo…Si Gloria nga na dating amo ni Salceda kinagat nya eh…ganun ang pulitika…bastat may interes, may nakangising aso..!! Aram na yan tabi..!! haha..

  • virgoyap

    Salceda is playing politics. It’s clear and simple that he lacks delicadeza.

  • allandel

    gawain ba yan ng isang tunay na lalaki?

  • lex

    Si Gov SALCEDA ay PARANG PARU-PARONG BUKID!

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