Iriga City: Securing the vote for Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, is a tough task, LP Vice Chairman and Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted Friday.
Drilon, who is seeking another Senate term, noted that the LP is ready to work its way around the fact that provincial governors will not go for the Mar-Leni tandem but may settle for one of them.
Such is the case in the province of Camarines Sur. Incumbent governor Migz Villafuerte is supporting Senator Grace Poe but he is backing Robredo for Vice President.
“You cannot force people. That’s the reality. Leni is so strong here. It would be foolish for them not to support her because they will lose votes. The hometown cannot displease its favorite son/daughter,” Drilon said.
He said that in other areas, there are also provincial leaders who are for Roxas but are not supporting Robredo.
“We have to accept that fact, so we work on the level below them [governors]…like the mayors. The strength of the endorsement of local officials depends on how popular they are, and ordinarily, the endorsement power of a mayor is very high because people come for their help directly,” Drilon pointed out.
Llanesca T. Panti