NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee, Comval incumbents stick to Lakas, Gibo

nov 24

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and the rest of incumbent officials under the political aggrupation Uswag Comval have finally decided to stick it out for the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD Sunday evening in final minutes during what could be described as intense political meeting called for to choose who should be their presidential candidate.

In a closed door three-hour meeting held at Miko’s Brew coffee bar in Tagum City, the group decided as “final” to remain with the administration party and support the  administration party’s standard bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, confirmed Uy in a text message.

The meeting was attended by first district Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora , second district Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, municipal mayors and vice mayors except Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr and his Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag.

Midway in the meeting Laak Mayor Rey Navarro, in an interview, said that the group was “divided” in that Cong. Amatong and several mayors were for Teodoro, as the governor and other mayors rooted for Senator Manny Villar of Nacionalista Party while Cong. Zamora “would side whoever the governor would decide to support” . Sources said that the name of Senator Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party was also entertained.

Close to 9 P.M. and about 45 minutes before the meeting ended, Amatong was seen hurrying to leave from the venue.

Sources said that the group then ended up into voting where the administration’s bet emerged to be the choice fearing a break up of Uswag Comval.

After the meeting, Navarro said “it’s final for the sake of unity we go for Lakas and Gibo”, while Mabini Mayor Hajji Amir Munoz said “we agreed that nobody would leave Lakas”.

Uy said in text message that he had already discussed the issue with Mayor Brillantes in a lunch with him Saturday and that the latter agreed to abide with the group’s collective decision.

Earlier, the governor has been much talked of by pundits to be rooting for Villar than with Teodoro although he was reported to be not closing the door to the Nacionalista Party or Liberal Party if ever they would not remain with the administration party citing that “both parties have the firepower needed for the elections.”

Meanwhile, in separate interview, former Maco Mayor Miller Alaba, who said he is an ardent fan of former President Cory Aquino and presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, said that “Gov. Uy’s act of going down under his partymates is so humbling and endearing to me”.

Alaba said that while he would go for the opposition he would support Uy and would not support this early former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero who has been reportedly forming slates under the opposition, possibly swooping down to get the vacant NP now for either a gubernatorial comeback or a renewed congressional run.

The recent support the Uswag Comval has at least boosted up Teodoro in the province despite that he is far trailing behind in local surveys reportedly made by local politicians while Aquino has remained to rank number 1. (By Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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