NEWS: LP to bolt Comval unity? “Not true”- Mayor Brillantes

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Monkayo Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes yesterday denied reports that he and his political supporters under the Liberal Party (Atienza wing) are planning to bolt from the political unity that Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy keeps on gripping to avoid it from being disintegrated in the midst of the divisive positioning moves of some Lakas members.

“Dili tinoud,” Brillantes said in a text message even as reports said that he is expected to convene today a party caucus to plan out in preparation for the 2010 elections.

Sources said that Brillantes supporters might bargain for “political concessions” from Uy.

Already, reports said that the positioning moves between Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, who both earlier confirmed to be running for the  congressional post, have begun to heighten with the reported formation of their respective “shadow slates” in case of Lakas break up in District 1.

The report on “shadow slates” had Boardmember Paul Galicia of Compostela coming to a pique before last Wednesday’s session at the provincial Capitol when Boardmember Moran Takasan of Pantukan rhyme in a banter about a “shadow government” which Galicia felt to be alluded to. Partymates Galicia and Takasan had reportedly engaged in brief exchange of words.

In the report, Galicia was included to belong to Apsay’s “shadow slate”.
The “shadow slates” have divided incumbent boardmembers and mayors in the district.

In the 2007 polls, Brillantes organized municipal slates under the LP in all towns in District and tied up with provincial Kampi party chaired by former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero in support to the congressional bid of his brother Lito against the current Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora.

At present, Brillantes and Zamora could not still see eye to eye despite the much-touted Comval unity while Brillantes and Uy have been reported to be constantly communicating to each other, sources said.

The Comval unity has often been hailed by the Uy administration as unprecedented following the reconciliation last year of Uy and Brillantes after long years of economic, political and personal feud.

Provincial elder Prospero Amatong, who belonged as one of the leading figure of Comval unity, earlier described it as “a miracle”.

The unity consists of all provincial officials, two congressmen and all the 11 mayors in the province.

At present, Gov. Uy is the provincial chairman of the administration Lakas party, which dominated in the victory of local and provincial officials during the last polls.

Only the current Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina survived from Kampi from Lakas onslaught. Brillantes LP, though losing in mayoral bids in the district, has many councilors winning for their posts in the last polls. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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