Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and Albay Gov. Joey Salceda will not be offered a government post should LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd win the presidency, a high-ranking LP official said.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP vice chairman, made the disclosure at the sidelines of the Gathering of Friends in Club Filipino on Thursday, where party members led by Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd vowed a victory for Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in the May polls.
Salceda, however, skipped the event.
“I hope he does [stay with LP]. I think he will. Pi nangakuan na yata siya nung isa (na maging NEDA chief) [I understand he was already offered a post by another candidate]. On our part, I don’t think we are going to make promises like that,” Belmonte told reporters.
Belmonte was referring to presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who topped two pre-election surveys last week. NEDA is the National Economic Development Authority.
“I did not manage to have a talk with Gov. Salceda. He is running for Congressman now and we are pretty okay. They are also hosting Palaro now,” Belmonte added of Salceda’s absence.
Belmonte was referring to this year’s athletic event Palarong Pambansa.
Salceda is running for Albay Representative under LP, and even hosted the campaign of Roxas and Robredo in Legazpi City, Albay during the second week of the campaign period.
Since then, Salceda has been quoted as saying that he might withdraw his support for the administration bets because of the snail-paced construction of the Bicol International Airport.
In 2010, Salceda supported the presidential bid of former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.
But a day came when Salceda campaigned for Teodoro in the morning, only to jump ship and support the Palace bid of then-frontrunner and eventual winner, Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd, by the afternoon.