Villar-Arroyo alliance seen in Chavit’s defection from Lakas
Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010
When Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao received a hero’s welcome upon his arrival last week, former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson – a known ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was seen in the crowd wearing orange.
Orange is the campaign color of presidential aspirant Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., who was also spotted in Pacquiao’s entourage. Pacquiao, who also used to be allied with the administration, is now under Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP).
Last Saturday, Singson confirmed that he was backing Villar instead of administration standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD). An ABS-CBN report quoted Singson as saying that he chose to support Villar because most Ilocos Sur leaders want him president.
Gibo’s secret weapon? Unopposed Lakas mayors have 1.3 M votes
MANILA, Philippines – While presidential candidate Gilberto Teodoro Jr. may be losing support from local officials who have defected from his Lakas-Kampi-CMD, he has a potential 1.3 million votes that could be delivered by his party-mates who are running unopposed and can presumably focus on his campaign.
Newsbreak research shows that there are 85 Lakas candidates who do not have rivals in the mayoralty races. They are running in 80 municipalities and 5 cities.
These 85 from Lakas represent 69% of the 123 mayoral aspirants nationwide who have no challengers at the polls.
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