LEGAZPI CITY: The line has been drawn. Bicol leaders have decided to support Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo over her province-mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
However, Senator Grace Poe, will be supported by the Villafuertes in Camarines Sur.
The political players in the region who openly support Robredo are Camarines Sur Gov. Miguel Villafuerte and his father, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) congressional candidate Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Rep. Fernando Gonzalez of (3rd District) Albay and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal.
Rosal said that though experience wise, Escudero is ahead of Robredo, the latter knows what it takes to be a good leader.
“She will continue the dream of her husband (the late Interior secretary Jesse Robredo), Leni can pursue the aspirations and dreams of her husband to serve the country as a fresh leader with untainted reputation as public servant,” Rosal said.
Gonzalez said that Chiz is also a good contender for vice presidential race but as a party man, he (Gonzalez) will abide by the party’s ruling.
“We will make Leni win in Albay through landslide vote,” said Governor Salceda, who is the Liberal Party provincial chairman in Albay province.
In Camarines Sur, the Villafuertes committed their complete support to Poe and Robredo.
Out of the six provinces in Bicol region, Camarines Sur has the biggest number of voters or 40 percent of the voting force followed by Albay.
“At this time, I’ll be frank…Senators Antonio Trillanes, Bongbong Marcos and Alan Peter Cayetano are my friends and mentors but I will be supporting the candidacy of my kababayan. We will support Leni Robredo. So it’s Grace and Leni in Camarines Sur,” the younger Villafuerte said.
“We’re dropping Sen. Chiz Escudero here in Camarines Sur,” he added.
There are four vice presidential candidates from the Bicol region, namely: Robredo, Senators Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Gregorio Honasan. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is an adopted son of Albay because wife, Taguig City Mayor Lanie Cayetano, is a native of Tiwi, Albay.