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Inquirer: Arroyo party breaking up; First Gentleman blamed

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Arroyo party breaking up; First Gentleman blamed

Mike A ‘called up’ Garcias to back Villar

MANILA, Philippines—Reports that First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo is backing another presidential candidate forced Gilbert Teodoro Jr. to quit as chair of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, party mates said Wednesday.

The administration party teetered on disintegration after Lakas president Sarangani Gov. Miguel “Migz” Dominguez and party secretary general Francis Manglapus followed Teodoro’s lead and quit their posts Wednesday.

“It’s true. The First Gentleman and his allies are supporting Manny Villar. That may have triggered Teodoro’s resignation,” said a Lakas senatorial candidate, who asked not to be named.

Even before the start of the national campaign on Feb. 9, it was an “open secret” among his party mates that Mike Arroyo was bankrolling the campaign of the Nacionalista Party presidential candidate, the administration senatorial candidate said.

“And he (Teodoro) doesn’t believe that GMA (President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) doesn’t know about this,” he added.

Teodoro quit as party chair Tuesday purportedly to focus on his campaign, and to allow the party to tap a full-time chair who could respond to the needs of local officials.

Because of reports that Mike Arroyo is backing Villar, the NP standard-bearer’s allies in Lakas-Kampi-CMD, especially the original members of Kampi, have started to defect to Villar’s camp. The most recent among them was Cebu Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, according to the Lakas senatorial candidate.

A number of Lakas stalwarts in Mindanao have also declared their support for Villar—among them Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas, who also defected to the NP; Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy, the Lakas chair in the province; and Bukidnon Gov. Jose Zubiri.
Luis “Chavit” Singson, presidential assistant on national security, also recently announced his resignation as Lakas coordinator in Ilocos and declared himself an independent candidate for governor of Ilocos Sur. Later he said he was backing Villar.

He said he had to address his differences with the Lakas standard-bearer. “When Gibo was secretary of defense, he did not give me an appointment. Despite my many attempts for us to meet, he did not give me time,” Singson said.

More than halfway through the campaign, the former defense secretary trails Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Villar and deposed President Joseph Estrada in surveys, stuck at 6 percent.

Gossip

The opposition has claimed that Villar who is battling Aquino for No. 1 in the polls was Ms Arroyo’s “secret candidate,” an allegation dismissed by presidential spokespersons as “black propaganda.”

“That’s absolutely, completely false. That’s gossip. As far as I know, they’re supporting Gibo,” Mike Arroyo’s lawyer Ruy Rondain said.

But a second source confirmed that Teodoro’s resignation was prompted by the Arroyos’ support for Villar.

Mike’s call to Garcias

A party official, who requested anonymity, said Teodoro uncovered the shift of support when members of the Garcia family of Cebu decided to jump ship and support Villar.

When the support of the Garcias for Villar became public, Teodoro went to Cebu and confronted Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, the source said.

Only the governor has remained in the Teodoro camp among the Garcias.

“Gibo was so furious when he learned of the Garcias’ support of Villar. So he went to Cebu to talk with Gwen. There, he was informed about what really took place,” the source said.

He said “Gwen told Gibo during their one-on-one talk that the First Gentleman had called them up, the reason why other members of the Garcia clan switched support to Villar.”

Villar’s denial

As expected, Villar denied that he was the “secret” candidate of Malacañang and that he was enjoying financial support from the Arroyos.

“I did not ask [for money] from Malacañang and I don’t wish to receive any,” Villar said in a statement quoting what he said in a press conference.

He maintained that he was not an administration accomplice, noting that as then chair of the Senate committee on public order, he headed the probe of “jueteng,” an illegal numbers game, that allegedly involved Ms Arroyo and some members of her family.

He also pointed out that NP stalwarts Gilbert Remulla and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano led the congressional inquiries into the “Hello Garci” and ZTE-NBN scandals.

Since his ouster from the Senate presidency, Villar said he had not talked to either Ms Arroyo or her husband.

Lack of funds

Teodoro’s decision to quit and run his own campaign was proof of the party’s lack of funds, according to Mayor Ramon Guico of Binalonan, Pangasinan.

“That shows that the party has no money,” said Guico, also a Lakas senatorial candidate.

“We’re aware that local candidates are badgering him (Teodoro) for funds. But what if the party doesn’t give him any funds? What can he do? How can the machinery campaign for him if there are no funds?” said Guico.

Guico, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, said he received a barrage of text messages from mayors Wednesday, asking whether the party had funds.

Two weeks ago, Teodoro said he had received funds from the party, but was unaware if the senatorial candidates had received any.

Need for full-time chair

Reggie Velasco, deputy secretary general, maintained that there was nothing more to Teodoro’s resignation than the need for a full-time chair to attend to the needs of local officials.

“We have funds. But with so many candidates running, there has to be someone who is agreeable to make optimal use of these funds,” he said by phone.

Even before party members could come to grips with Teodoro’s resignation, Dominguez and Manglapus quit Wednesday as president and secretary general, respectively.

Courtesy to the Excom

After talking on the phone Wednesday morning, Manglapus said he and Dominguez offered their resignations to the executive committee to give it a free hand in choosing the next chair.

But like Teodoro, both are staying on as party members.

“After Gilbert decided to relinquish his post, it’s just natural [for us to resign] as a courtesy to the executive committee so they will have the flexibility to decide who will be the next chair,” Manglapus said at the party headquarters on EDSA.

Besides, he added: “We came in as a package.” He, however, said he might reconsider his resignation should the party decide to retain him as secretary general.

In the party’s Nov. 19, 2009, convention, party members approved resolutions nominating Teodoro as chair, Edu Manzano as vice chair, Dominguez as president and Manglapus as secretary general.

If the principle of automatic succession were followed, either Manzano or his fellow vice chair Oscar Moreno would replace Teodoro, officials said.

Manglapus, son of the late Sen. Raul Manglapus, said he would now focus solely on Teodoro’s campaign, while Dominguez would focus on his reelection as governor.

Manglapus squelched speculations that Teodoro had in effect abandoned the party, and even his candidacy.

“We’re going full blast with the campaign,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s still the official candidate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD.”

Demoralized

Teodoro’s announcement, however, has shocked many of his party mates, leaving some of them demoralized.

Guico said he was “hurt” and “demoralized” by the resignation because Teodoro did not consult him and the other senatorial candidates.

“We’re like children abandoned by their father. He should have consulted us,” he said.

Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay demanded that party leaders call a meeting. “They should explain to us what really happened. We have a right to know.”

Nograles confused

Speaker Prospero Nograles was among those taken aback by the spate of resignations from Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

“The resignation is a shock to me and (was made) without any consultation from us, the previous leaders of the party. I am now confused and seem to be out of the loop,” Nograles said in a text message to reporters.

Nograles said the local troops were also confused. “What has happened to our party? To each his own?” he asked.

What would happen now to the campaigns of Manzano and the six Lakas senatorial candidates?

“Everything is status quo. It’s best for the party. They can take care of the needs of the local candidates,” Manglapus said.

Dominguez said majority of the members of the League of the Provincial Governors of the Philippines were still behind Teodoro.

Asked why he resigned as Lakas president, Dominguez said he was only following Teodoro. “I go where my party chair goes,” he said.
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Comments

  • If this is true, then this issue might take down Villar and catapult erap to No. 2 or even No.1.

    I think Gibo is not yet done and might get his payback by bringing Villar down if ever.

    Mike A should just roll over and die... :grrr:
  • this is a nasty development
  • Ang mga matatalinong pilipino ay alam na nuong unang una pa lamang na si Gibo ay pangdisplay lamang ng kanilang partido, dahil walang mainstream na kandidato na may gusto ng Arroyo's kiss of death. Either willing participant si Gibo, o sa tutoo ***** siya.
  • LimpBwiZitLimpBwiZit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    who let the dogs out? booooh! booooh! booooh!

    si manny villar ang tunay na pahirap, si manny villar ang tunay na kandidato, si manny villar...ang magtutuloy ng paghahari...ni mike arroyo...
  • 'Arroyo's kiss of death' - allergic diyan si Villar, pero pwedeng magpartner sila ni Gloriang pandak, behind the scene. Hindi nga ba nagmeet pa ang dalawa overseas, sa Switzerland ba o sa Spain, well basta somewhere in Europe. Marami silang naplantsa duon at siguro nagcompare ng notes kung saan magtago ng bilyones na pera.

    Lahat gagawin ni Villar, basta secured ang kanyang personal interests. Lagi namang baligtaran iyang si ManEvilLiar kung magmoneyobra. Nuong gusto niyang maging senator, halos halikan niya si Erap sa wetpu, iendorse lamang siyang nito sa opposition. Kita ninyo ha, kahit siya ang nag gimmick nuon sa impeachment ni Erap. Ng nanalo, 'he was neither here nor there', sabi nga ni Lito Banayo, kasi hindi na niya nire represent ang opposition.
  • Binigyan ng panibagong buhay ni Taning tong si Mike at eto balik na naman sa gawaing hudas,poor Gibo,he has the quality of a promising politician kaso dumikit sa pesteng dwende nagka leche-leche tuloy buhay nya,kung totoo to Villar can say goodbye to his dream...kiss of death!
  • Poor Gilbert. After burning his bridges with uncle Danding, who's he going to run to now? :lol::lol::lol:
  • Mag quit nalang sya as standard bearer ng LAKAS for president tapos tulongan nalang nya si Nonoy tutal magpinsan naman sila tsaka trina-idor sya ng administrasyon ni Gloring...
  • Dati "tsismis" lang. But now, even people from within the party are confirming the rumors that Villar is indeed the true candidate of Arroyo. I wonder what Teodoro's next move will be and how all of these will affect the next survey?
  • sayang si Gibo...
  • ngayon lumalabas na ang katotohanan sa arroyo-villar secret deal...aminin man nila to o hindi pero sa mga nangyayari lately with gibo's campaign naaawa ako sa kanya...ginamit sya ni arroyo tapos dahil sa kulelat sya sa surveys iniwan lang sya ni arroyo sa ere. and mga garcia sa cebu pro-arroyo yan hindi yan susuporta ke villar ng walang basbas ng mga arroyo. kawawa naman sila gibo-edu. madumi talaga ang pulitika pangsariling interes lang ang mahalaga. kaya ngayon lahat lumiliwanag na sa arroyo-villar secret deal....lalabas din ang katotohanan sa lahat ng ito lalo na ang intensyon ni arroyo na manatili sa pwesto at makaiwas sa graft and corruption charges na maari ihabla sa kanya ng susunod na presidente at ng bayan......abangan ang susunod na kabanata....
  • Mag quit nalang sya as standard bearer ng LAKAS for president tapos tulongan nalang nya si Nonoy tutal magpinsan naman sila tsaka trina-idor sya ng administrasyon ni Gloring...

    Puwede, Noynoy has always been kind to Gibo during the debates. Di ba anti-Arroyo ang stance ni Noynoy:naughty:
  • Guys, don't you notice that these recent events are much, much too "convenient"? And that the intended effects are the following:

    - The "curse" of Gibo (association with GMA) is being transferred to Villar.

    - Gibo's association with GMA is perceived to be over. THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT TO HIM BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS BEEN REMOVED.

    - Lakas' machinery (the very one that relegated FPJ to to the dustbin) is very much alive, and that the one planned all of this is a GENIUS.
  • Lakas members made mistake when they agree to LAKAS-kampi Coalition.Though, FVR did not approve it.

    actually kung titingnan natin mabuti, ang LAKAS ay malakas parin sa Local Level, pero tingnan ninyo mga members ng KAMPI o kaya yung mga balimbing, sila yung nagiging dahilan kung bakit nagkakawatak watak ang LAKAS. dahil exiting na si PGMA, wala ng Sugar sa malakanyang or pork barrel sa congress.

    Weak ang political party-system natin dito sa pinas. mas mabuti pa yung pre-cory system, 2 party system pero matibay paninindigan at may loyalty ang mga members from local to national levels.
  • Guys, don't you notice that these recent events are much, much too "convenient"? And that the intended effects are the following:

    - The "curse" of Gibo (association with GMA) is being transferred to Villar.

    - Gibo's association with GMA is perceived to be over. THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT TO HIM BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS BEEN REMOVED.

    - Lakas' machinery (the very one that relegated FPJ to to the dustbin) is very much alive, and that the one planned all of this is a GENIUS.

    VERY possible. :)
    from GIBO's facebook

    The resignation of presidential aspirant Gilbert Teodoro as Chairman of Lakas Kampi CMD turned him to be the CITIZENS’ candidate. G1BO can now tell everyone & the Filipino nation that if elected president, he owes it to them directly & not from the Party alone. He will not be beholden to anyone except the people & t...hus he will serve their interests first, foremost & always.”- RAUL LAMBINO, Senatorial Candidate.
  • isang isa lang ang isasagot ko di dapat iboto si villar, iboto nyo yun di negosyante at baguhan *** at wala pang baho, gibo and gordon is one among the best at *** mga iba pang kandidato pwera kay aquino at villar.

    wag iboto si villar isang pagkakamali ng pilipinas pag naging presidente ang taong ito peace
  • starczamorastarczamora Sissie DaToic PEx Moderator
    Gibo may not have the support of the Arroyos, but he still has the support of the majority of Lakas members.
  • Guys, don't you notice that these recent events are much, much too "convenient"? And that the intended effects are the following:

    - The "curse" of Gibo (association with GMA) is being transferred to Villar.

    - Gibo's association with GMA is perceived to be over. THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT TO HIM BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS BEEN REMOVED.

    - Lakas' machinery (the very one that relegated FPJ to to the dustbin) is very much alive, and that the one planned all of this is a GENIUS.

    magdilang anghel ka sana tulad ng avatar mo.ehehe...

    mas gusto ko nga din na hindi ma identify si gibo kay gma kasi kiss of death yun si gloria e.:D at alam din yun ni gloria kaya dati pa syang hindi nagdididikit kay gibo.
  • mabuti pa si gordon, kulang ang funds pero hindi nag-cocomplain.
  • ScherbatskyScherbatsky PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Anong masasabi ng mga Villar supporters tungkol dito :naughty:?

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