Nograles: We can adopt any bet but Gibo
Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Wednesday continued to distance himself from Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro, saying that choosing the former defense secretary as the party’s presidential candidate was a mistake.
“We can even adopt any candidate but Gibo. Defeat appears irreversible for the Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer. It was a mistake to choose him in the first place,” Nograles said in a statement.
Nograles, who is the vice-chairman of Lakas-Kampi CMD, accused Teodoro of having the wrong sense of priorities after opting to campaign in smaller provinces while neglecting vote-rich areas such as Ilocos Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
He also scored the party leadership for failing to stop the recent wave of defections of party members. Among those who have left the party for the Nacionalista and Liberal parties are former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas, Bukidnon Gov. Joe Zubiri, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario and Mandaluyong Rep. Boyet Gonzales.
“How can Gibo win? He cannot even win in Mindanao which is the traditional bailiwick of the administration because of party defections that he failed to stop?” he said.
Teodoro to Nograles: Try to win as mayor first
ILOILO CITY, Philippines –- Lakas-Kampi CMD standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro has this to say to Speaker Prospero Nograles who has threatened to form a faction within the party that would adopt a guest candidate: “He should first win as a mayor before he does that.”
Nograles had threatened to quit the party and support another candidate over differences with the party and Teodoro, prompting the latter to say that the Speaker had never been supportive of his candidacy in the first place.
Nograles, a member of the party’s advisory board who is running for mayor in Davao City, took back his pronouncement and said it was Teodoro who should “shape up” or ship out.
Teodoro did not mince words here when he attended a mammoth rally organized by resigned Secretary Raul Gonzalez, son Rep. Raul Gonzalez Jr., and their allies Tuesday night.