Lakas execs to meet for ‘final reckoning’
Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Amid threats of possible defections, officials of the administration’s once proud Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition are meeting on Tuesday for what a party executive called “a final reckoning.”
The calling of the meeting coincided with emphatic denials Sunday from administration standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. that he was quitting the presidential race.
The meeting will discuss whether the party could provide financial and logistical support to its members in the local elections and head off any plan by some of them to switch loyalties.
Teodoro: No truth to withdrawing from race
MANILA, Philippines—UPDATE Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro on Sunday quashed rumors he is withdrawing from the presidential race and took a swipe at his rival camps for spreading such talks “to satiate their salivation and hunger for power through the presidency.
“Teodoro reiterated he would continue his bid for Malacanang under the Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats party.Teodoro made the reaction when asked to confirm reports that he would issue a major statement Monday denouncing the alleged “VillArroyo” teamup of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Defections, fund lack peril Lakas
TO AVERT a “hemorrhage” in the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD, President Macapagal-Arroyo has swiftly replaced administration standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. and two other resigned officials. But other officials say this may not stem the exodus of members desperate for funds.
Mayor Ramon Guico of Binalonan, Pangasinan, who is running for senator, Saturday said that with less than 40 days before the May 10 elections, other local officials had not received support from the party.
“That’s the danger. If the party fails to give support, it’s finished,” Guico, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and member of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD executive committee, said by phone. “That’s the reason for the exodus of governors. That’s the danger there.”