INCUMBENT officials in Bohol province have pledged to support the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay in what could be the biggest blow to the Liberal Party (LP).
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista said incumbent officials and big political groups in the province forged a rainbow coalition dubbed as Bohol United Opposition to give their full support for Binay and UNA.
President Benigno Aquino 3rdwas in Bohol on Wednesday to campaign for LP presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and other candidates of the administration.
On Monday, some 27 incumbent mayors led by 2nd District Rep. Aris Aumentado, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), committed to campaign for Binay.
In an interview by a local paper, Aumentado said he will not campaign for Roxas because he already pledged to support Binay and UNA.
“Now it is Bohol standing in full force for Vice President Binay,” Bautista said.
He added that the “brave decision to work for the victory of Binay” will further boost the snowballing bandwagon support for a Binay presidency of competence and compassion.
“The Vice President appreciates deeply your kind support and he will ensure that your priority concerns like the new airport and the Bohol-Cebu bridge and others will be given priority action once he is elected into office,” Bautista said.
He noted that more announcements will be made during the campaign period as members of LP and other political parties have already expressed their desire to join UNA and support the presidential bid of Binay.
Che Toribio-delos Reyes praised Aumentado for forming the Bohol United Opposition.
“Ang atong grupo mas organized kay sa pikas [Our group is more organized compared to others],” he said.
Delos Reyes, who is running for a congressional seat, added that at least 12 incumbent mayors from the Third District of the province have pledged to support Binay.
Former Panglao Mayor Doloreich Dumaluan was also surprised at the decision of 12 incumbent mayors from PDP-Laban to jump ship and support Binay.
The members of the new opposition bloc are PDP-Laban Loay Mayor Rosemarie Lim-Imboy, who is running for governor, Pilar Mayor Nita Cubrado, Carmen Mayor Ricardo Toribio, Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Tita Gallentes, Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan-Alaba, Mabini Mayor Ester Tabigue, Dimiao Mayor Danny Guivencan, Batuan Mayor Francisco Pepito, Guindulman Mayor Fe Piezas, Anda Vice Mayor Angelina Simacio, San Isidro Mayor Jacinto Naraga, San Miguel Mayor Claudio Boniol, Bien Unido Mayor Niño Rey Boniel, Dagohoy Mayor Sofronio Apat, Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol, Getafe Mayor Casey Shaun Camacho, Danao Mayor Tomas Gonzaga, Tubigon Mayor Marlon Amila, Corella Mayor Jose Nicanor Tocmo, Baclayon Mayor Alvin Uy, Talibon Vice Mayor Epifanio Quimson and Cortez Mayor Roberto Tabanera.
The others are Joahna Cabalit-Initay, First District congressional bet running against incumbent Rep. Rene Lopez Relampagos, provincial board members Dionisio Balite and Freda Tirol and Tagbilaran City councilor Joseph Bompat.
Malacanang, however, downplayed the report.
“Naku, please tell VP Binay to take care of his health! Baka bangungutin sya [Please tell the Vice President to take care of his health. He might have a nightmare]!” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters.
Aquino, he said, was also in Bohol for the time-capsule laying and briefing on the Panglao Airport construction and switch-on ceremony for the electrification of 2,651 sitios in Region 7.