Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010
Palace downplays defection of administration allies to opposition
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday downplayed the defections of some of the administration’s political allies to the opposition, saying this will not necessarily weaken its ranks in the May elections.
Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said defections are expected during election season and that concerned allies have their own reasons for doing so.
Among the prominent allies who shifted support was deputy National Security Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson, who has left the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD to support Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.
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Villar endorses opponent of Escudero’s father
CASIGURAN, Sorsogon , Philippines – Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. met with political leaders here Saturday to show support for the congressional bid of former Mayor Edwin Hamor.
Hamor is being pitted against Sorsogon Rep. Sonny Escudero III, father of Sen. Francis Escudero.
“Sonny Escudero and Chiz are my friends,” Villar said.
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More seats in judiciary to be filled
ARMED with a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing appointments in the judiciary, President Arroyo is also looking at filling several vacancies in the judicial department, according to Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra.
He said the Judicial and Bar Council would continue to process candidates for other vacancies in the judiciary and submit their nominees to Arroyo.
The Supreme Court, in a March 17 decision, allowed President Arroyo to appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno who is retiring on May 17. It said the election ban in the Constitution does not cover the judiciary.