Some members of the Liberal Party (LP) in Lanao del Norte broke away from the ruling political party to join the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
In a statement, the Office of the Vice President said the LP “originals” took their oath before the Vice President after being given the “cold shoulder” when they went to the LP headquarters.
The former LP members are Pantao Ragat Mayor Eleanor Dimaporo-Lantud, Munai Mayor Muammar Maquiling, Balo-i Mayor Hanifa Ali and 24 other provincial candidates in Lanao del Norte.
Dimaporo-Lantud is running for governor, Maquiling aims to represent District 1 at the House of Representatives, while Ali is eyeing a seat at the House as representative of District 2.
Dimaporo-Lantud, according to the statement, said they were the original members of LP in Lanao del Norte.
“Narito kami ngayon sa party ni VP Binay dahil dito namin nakikita ‘yong mabuti at saka matuwid na landas [We took oath before Vice President Binay’s party because we can see the path to true and clean governance here],” she said during their dialogue.
“Doon sa kabila, hindi na ako naniniwala na may matuwid na daan. Baluktot na daan na ngayon [I no longer believe that the LP is following a straight path],” Dimaporo-Lantud added.
She is the daughter of the late Caromatan Mayor Sultan Naga Dimaporo, brother of the late congressman Mohammad Ali Dimaporo.
The mayor told Binay that she and the other LP members in Lanao del Norte went to the party’s headquarters but were given the cold shoulder.
She said when they went to Balay, the headquarters of the LP, members and officers of the party did not even welcome them.
“Lumabas din ‘yong ugali nila na manggagamit sila ng tao. Ginamit nila kami since 2010 at 2013. Hindi sila marunong magbayad ng utang na loob [Their real colors showed. They use people. They used us since 2010. They have no sense of gratitude],” Dimaporo-Lantud added.
“Sa madaling salita, walang utang na loob ang mga bumubuo sa Liberal Party. Hindi sila mabubuting tao [In other words, those people at do not know the concept of gratitude],” she said.
The mayor will likely be running against Rep. Imelda Dimaporo, wife Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo of the province’s 2nd District.
Khalid is serving his third and last term as Lanao del Norte governor.