Albay governor faces probe for hosting UNA candidates after polls—LP

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Albay Governor Joey Salceda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino may have accepted his explanation for hosting opposition candidates campaigning in his turf but Albay Gov. Joey Salceda may still be investigated by the Liberal Party.

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, the secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Party, Sarmiento said that the outcome of the election in the Bicol Region, particularly in Albay, would serve as a barometer of the LP’s regional leader commitment to its candidates.

“At this point, it is unfair to judge Governor Salceda on the basis of reports that he was with UNA during their sortie in Albay. We don’t know the circumstances that led to this situation, assuming the reports are true,” Sarmiento said in a statement.

“As you well know, there are a lot of political intrigues during the election period,” he added.

Sarmiento said any investigation against the LP’s regional leader in Bicol would have to wait after the elections on May 13.

“There is a right time and right place for this investigation. This issue should not divert our focus in our bid to dominate the 2013 elections, not just the senatorial race but in all levels. Any probe of Governor Salceda will have to wait until the election is over,” Sarmiento said.

LP remains confident that Salceda will deliver the votes for Team PNOY senatorial candidates in the Bicol region and this would be ascertained once the ballots are counted and the winners are finally declared, according to Sarmiento.

“Our focus now is to ensure that we will win big in all levels. President Aquino needs all the help he can get to ensure that the tremendous economic gains that our country has achieved in past three years will start to trickle down to our poor people,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said the LP leadership will certainly take up the matter of Salceda’s actuations around UNA leaders and candidates in Albay “to determine if there is even a basis to conduct an investigation about the incident.”

Salceda’s being with UNA stalwart Vice President Jejomar Binay and UNA candidates Jack Enrile and Nancy Binay when they campaigned in Albay quite recently didn’t sit well with Team PNoy candidates Risa Hontiveros, Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., and Jamby Madrigal.

The three have been the tail-enders among the members of the Team PNoy ticket that has otherwise dominated the pre-election surveys since the campaign period started in February.

Magsaysay sought an explanation from Salceda, saying what he did was “not nice.”

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  • Joe_in_Bikol

    I am sure that Gov Joey is really worried about this :-)

    • leomar101

      Pre, what goes around comes around. hahaha.Lahat naman sila ay mga balimbing. sumasanib doon sa kung sino ang may power. Lahat sila mga oppurtunista. Even mongol is not an exception. Arroyo friends ang mga iyan pati nanay niya.Tapos noong hindi nakuha ang gusto nila kay Arroyo, hayun lipat agad at biglang naging nasa tuwaid na daan. hahaha.

  • rockergurl

    these things normally happens in politics. however, endorsing candidates like binay, enrile and ejercito is a big no! seriously, these people????

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Binay must have promised him a juicy position in his cabinet in 2016 if he will win the presidential election.

      • rockergurl

        what do we expect, Salceda has overflowing personal interests in politics. I don’t think Binay will win the presidential election in 2016 as he already messed up…big time!

  • Ulipur

    SALCEDA IS THE BEST GOVERNOR IN THE WHOLE ARCHIPELAGO…Do not rile the man…..Careful kayo.

    • rockergurl

      careful to what?

    • $14334231

      mukhang nakain na rin ang otob mo ni manang joey….magkano bigay sa’yo???

  • JosephNess

    this incident should not be a controversial issue, just the usual politicos character during election, intrigues floated from the other camp to cause doubts among its party members…for all to know, this could be a case of a divide and rule strategy from the other camp…if I were the LP camp, I will not give this much an issue, this will just further divide the party and infighting among its supporters could become a demoralizing action caused by this intrigues, considering that election is just a week to go…tama si sarmiento, don’t judge the person…look, the other camp is making an intrigues out of it… just wait for the outcome of the elections…if it turn out otherwise, then, somebody must be accountable for that….

  • opinyonlangpo

    Its nothing new, he is a typical Filipino politician. All of them like that, who is not?

  • etomacq

    lagot ka Salceda.. ihanda mo na sarili mo sa ibat ibang kaso pag nadissapoint ang team penoy sa lugar mo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    PAPAANO KASE ALAM NA NI SALCEDA TALO NA ANG TEAM PINOY SO DOON SIYA SA MALAKAS SA UNA SIYA SASALI YAN ANG KATOTOHANAN TINGNAN NATIN SA ELECTION UNA ANG PANLO????KAHIT SAAN SULOK NG PILIPINAS KAPAG ANG UNA ANG MAG RARALLY PUNO NG TAO PERO KAPAG ANG TEAM PINOY NILALANGAW HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    ANO NAMAN ANG MAGAGAWA NG TEAM PINOY KAPAG ANG UNA SENATORYAL ANG MANANALO IPAKOKOLONG SI SALCEDA???GUMISING NA KASE ANG ANG MGA TAO SI PINOY MARAMING PROBLEMA NG BANSA LALO NA SA SAUDI ARABIA ANG INAASIKASO NYA ANG PANGANGAMPANYA?ANONG KALSING PRESIDENTE YAN????

  • padrefaura

    gusto kasi ni Pnoy, porke’t kakampi kuno, blind follower na at susunod sa lahat ng gusto nya. kaya tingnan nyo ang paid yellow zombies dito sa forum na ito, lahat ng sabihin ni Pnoy, ipagtatanggol nila kahit mali.

  • Juan Crisostomo Ibarra

    Joey Salceda is the most corrupt politician. He pays NPA so that his opponent can’t campaign in NPA’s Lair.

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