By Joey A. Gabieta
Inquirer Visayas
First Posted 15:34:00 11/01/2009

TACLOBAN CITY- Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, a key leader in the ruling political party, raised the possibility of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD disintegrating in the coming 2010 elections because of in-fighting and defections of its members to other parties.

Evardone said on Saturday this scenario might doom the chances of the administration’s presidential bet, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, who had yet to outpace other presidential aspirants in popularity surveys.

The ruling party had already lost a key ally in Eastern Visayas when Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina bolted from the Lakas-Kampi-CMD on October 21 and joined the Nacionalista Party of Senator Manny Villar.

Espina had urged other governors and local officials of the region to join him in the Nacionalista Party.

The Espinas are considered to be among President Macapagal-Arroyo’s key allies in the region.

Espina has announced his intention to seek the lone congressional district of Biliran against
neophyte solon Glenn Chong, a member of the Liberal Party who will be seeking his second term in 2010.

Evardone said party mates gunning for the same position in the 2010 local elections could precipitate the collapse of the ruling party once touted by President Macapagal-Arroyo as a “collosus” in the coming elections.

“If, for example, I will not get the official nomination from our party, what could be my recourse but to leave the party and join other political party?” the Eastern Samar governor said.

Evardone said he has been seeing this problem not only in his province but in other Lakas-Kampi bailiwicks as well.

Evardone, on his second term as governor of Eastern Samar, has declared his intention to run for Congress representing the province’s lone congressional district.

The incumbent congressman, Teodulo Coquilla, on his first term, is also from Lakas-Kampi-CMD and will likely run for reelection.

But the regional president of the ruling party, Marcelino Libanan, is rumored to be also interested in gaining back the Eastern Samar congressional post he held for nine years, which ended on 2004.

Libanan is now the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigratiom.

Evardone admitted receiving offers from other political parties, particularly NP but he said that he had not lost his loyalty to the administration party.

The governor counts on at least 16 of the 23 mayors of the province as his allies.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. manunundotay,
    kining napaingnan ni gov.espina isip orihinal sa lakas-kampi party,mao ni ang resulta sa kadtong DISMISSAL SA EMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT NI PGMA..diin ang inyong idol o freedom fighter nga si ccong.chong,way roha-duha nga ning VOTE FOR YES FOR THE AQUITTAL OF PGMA…hehe…apil ni sa package ang pagiging manunondotay sa lakas-party ni cong.chong,resulta ni sa 6.6.6 ka kanhing liberal party-congressmen nga ning ning kalas diin ang inyong IDOL GLEN usa niani…hehe…KAPANUNDOT UROY TUNGOD LAMANG SA vote yes for the aquittal of the empeachment complaint for PGMA.

  2. Nag bisgo intawon si utip nga nakatabang pod si Rep. Chong sa kang PGMA sa iya nang panahon. Nganong wa ka man magbisgo sa imong susamang buhat sa imong panahon? Di ba, imo man pod tong gipanghambug ang imong tabang kang PGMA kaniadto?

  3. Coun Jun Atok Del Rosario 1

    Ayaw na lagi ug hirit kay siete ka na pre. Dili sala ni Glenn nga gisipa sa administrasyon ang mga Espina kay unsa man nga bistado naman nga mokabayo sa tanang partido basta kwarta na ang istoryahan.

    Unya naunsa naman ang imong gipanghambog nga gi appoint ka sa NPC nga Provincial Chairman tungod sa imong close friend nga si Sen Loren Legarda? Hai naman ang imong giingon nga fax copy sa appointment? He He He name dropping lagi… he he he.

    Hulat hulat lang gihapon ko Jun sa imong gipanghambog. he he he

  4. Utip;

    Ayaw ingon nga kung Si Gov Espina pa kadto ang congressman dili pod siya mo vote ug yes…

    Dili kami matingala nganong mag sugar graping man ka kay mas gipaboran ni GMA si Cong GC kaysa kay Gov. Espina…

    Okey lang na bisag maglimbag limbag ang dinastiya as long as dili pod nila hakupon tanan nga mga patido politikal sa tibuok Pilipinas.. Naandan na mag gud namo sa mga ninglabay nga eleksyon kung diin tanan partido politkal gusto ni Gerry makaptan.. pana nako fair ang laban kung tanan espina modagan sa usa ka partido politikal versus kang GC nga usa pod ka partido politikal ..

    basin inig election time na mag LP ang dinastiya, tapos Magkampi, Maglakas ug mag NPC pod ug Nacionalista… lipong anang pangangkon tanan partido kay usa lang gud ang imong personal nga buto.. unless multiple voting ang inyong buhaton pareha sa text contest sa GMA 7.

  5. To Reformist pod

    Please give me your email so I can forward a copy of my appointment as NPC Provincial Chairman for Biliran. I already have with me the original copy.

    By the way, I can see it will be Villar-Legarda on 2010. NPC will therefore need to coalesce with NP to allow this tandem to happen.

    Following this development, I can also see re-alignments/re-positioning including of here in Biliran Province.

  6. hehe,
    ,maayo pa ang pag selebrar sa all soul’s day ni cong.chong…kay pasuroy-suroy lang sa GALLERIA UG MUSEUM SA NEWYORK..HEHE…IBANG-IBA NA TALAGA ANG KAKOLIMBAT UG SAPI SA GOBERNO? IKA NGA,no holds bar daw.

  7. Coun. Jun Atok del Rosario 5

    Salamat sa imong tubag. I hatag na lang kang Jalmz aron iyang ikaplastar dinhi sa website sama sa imong gisugyot sa imong miaging blog. Importante aron ang ubang mga blogger maka kita dili lang ako.

    Di together again gihapon mo sa mga Espina Dynasty kay nag Nacionalista naman sila bisan ug way klaro ug unsa gyung partidoha si Gerry Espina Sr ug si Gerryboy Espina Jr. Sa akong paminaw, nangisda pa ug kinsay daghan daghang campaign fund nga masikop. Busa mora ug kang Erap-Binay ra man ang klarong daghang kwarta. He He He

    Unya unsaon mani nimo Jun kay aduna may dakong posibilidad pod nga modagan si Sen Legarda ubos sa Lakas Kampi CMD? Mahug ka ani sa lupad lupad sa hangin. Ako pa sa imo, ning pilit na lang ka unta sa AKP aron makaingon ang mga Biliranon nga aduna kay baroganan. Suggestion lang na..

  8. “hehe,
    ,maayo pa ang pag selebrar sa all soul’s day ni cong.chong…kay pasuroy-suroy lang sa GALLERIA UG MUSEUM SA NEWYORK..HEHE…IBANG-IBA NA TALAGA ANG KAKOLIMBAT UG SAPI SA GOBERNO? IKA NGA,no holds bar daw.”

    SABA DIHA UTIP!
    KAKULIMBAT UROY… KINSA NUMERO UNONG KULIMBATERO SA TIBUOK BILIRAN? USA KA DINASTIYA ANG MAY HAWAK NIANANG TRONOHA…

    IHAPLAK NIMO DAYON KANG GC ANG TRABAHO NI GERRYBAK ANG PAGSUROY SUROY SA MGA BULANGAN UG ANG PORUPARAYAW SA MGA HIGHWAY GAMIT ANG CORVETEE HEHEHEHEHE

    NAUNSA NAMAN INTAWON KA GONG NGA PASPAS MAN ANG IMONG BLOG AGAINST THE CONGRESSMAN..

    SUMALA KINSA ANG MAHILIG ANING LIFESTYLE MAYAMAN HEHE NAA SA IMONG LIKURAN ANG NUMERO UNONG JETSETTER GAMIT ANG PONDO NGA BAYAN.. NAGTAKAS NA NA SIYA UG LAROYLAROY ..SALIT INIG KAPILDE SA ELEKSYON ABOT HANGGANG LANGIT AT GALIT SA NAKALABAN..

    GUSTO NIYANG IBALIK ANG BUHAY WALANG KAHIRAP HIRAP MAGBILANG NGA MILYONES PARA SA PAMILYA AT DI PARA SA MASA.. HEHEHEHEHEHEHEH

    GONG ISTAYL MO SA PAGBLOG BULOK! UWATA KAMING TANAN TIP BUTITI KANG DAKO!

  9. UTIp,

    hoi utip ko na ingit ka sundog pod, himu2 raman ka og issue nga wlay saktong basihan..adto pod suroy suroy sa maripipi..

  10. To reformist pod

    I will request Marlon if he could give space for it. I am optimistic however to get his nod.

    I am 101% certain its Villar-Legarda tandem. Its only a matter of time announcing it. I was told it will be on Nov. 15- two weeks from now. Please be a little patient.

    As I clarified in my previous blogs, NPC is not keen on fielding candidates for Congressman and Governor in our Province.

    The highest position NPC aspires in Biliran is the Vice-Gubernatorial seat which yours truly is being drafted to be its official candidate for the said post.

    My stand is clear- even if offered, I cannot and will not run with/under Bando Espina or Chong. In the first place, Lucy Curso is there for re-election under the Espinas. Chong camp will definitely have their own also- not me.

    The most logical direction is for me to run as independent locally but under NP-NPC coalition (Villar-Legarda) or to coalesce to a third force candidate/s for Governor.

    To this date, no talks however between me and two other candidates for Governor, Dir. Raffy Salazar and Mayor Charlie Chan.

    Possibilities are there however with the last day of COC’s filing on Nov. 30.

    I am with Ang Kapatiran in principles but I also temper my idealism with reality. I am sure you can understand me reformist pod.

    Thank you for keeping your interest on me.

  11. LAKAS- KAMPI is now a strong coalition where the resources and machinery is stronger than the others. whatever the reasons you all can draw your own conclusions.

    They said it’s a kiss of death for Administration Senate candidates because the civil society and other voters are now wise enough not to subscribe to them again due to obvious reasons naman kasi.

    But as per my observation in the Political scenario in our province it is a good move for GC to be with this party due to the reasons that malakas na partido ito at suportado siya ng national government dahil sa kanyang pagiging effective na Congressman with so many achievements in his midsts. Wala sanang kokontra sa sinabi ko.. Ang pipiyok nito inggit at guilty!

    Biliranons love him and the kiss of death stuff is only effective in the higher political seats,
    performance wise no one can compare the congressman’s achievements from among his adversaries in the province.
    Said perks and privileges will go a long way for the congressman.. I pray that he will have people with him to help him make a difference for the province sake.

    For me the reason (the real reason why) some of our politicians jumped ship out of Lakas due to the reasons that their head was not annointed for this time to head the party in the province… OR basig naay disgusto sa national leadership due to political reasons… or even personal reasons as well. Seguro wala makontento sa gihatag sa ilaha or wala sila mapansin kahit abot langit ang pagpapapansin.

    People who tagged along with the leader of the party jumpers have made us feel that their cordon sanitaire is still intact… but Biliran voters are so wise now not to subscribe their group especially so that their leader is a trapo who keeps on riding and connecting ships with other national political parties just to be able to gain so much funds for personal eheste political reasons. and best of all to assure himself or themselves (family /clan)’s future to remain in office through vote buying, cheating, killing, coercion, trial by publicity and other maliciously concocted dis-information campaign… not to mention libel and gossip mongering, etc.

    Another reason is they jumped ship because wala mapatuyangi sa ilang gusto… Nagtampo ang pagsintang purorot aron ingnon!

    Some of them are sugar grapings because they were not able to succeed in their papansin effect with the national government.

    Ang pinakamasakit.. the National government learned of their pangiwkiw at sobrang pamomolitika kaya iniwanan sila sa ere.. bilang ganti umalis din sila sa partido na masama kunuhay ang loob. hihihihihihihihi

    KUNG ALAM LANG NIYA NA DI KAYA SILA KAWALAN SA PARTIDO..hihihihihihihihihi.

  12. Let me offer my ten cents worth of opinion. The move of Cong. Chong to Lakas-Kampi is for all intents and purposes logical if one is to survive in politics and I can think of the following reasons why:
    1. This is to protect his projects for the province of biliran since its a reality that when you are in the opposition a congressman does not receive his SARO. Thus, by joining the administration party you are assured that most of your projects if not all will be issued SARO’s and thus implemented before the elections.
    This of course is to the advantage of the people.
    2. Politically this is advantageous to Cong Chong since this preempts the Espinas from getting the party nomination and of course this is water under the bridge since Gov. Roger has already transferred to NP.
    But I have heard that Gerry Boy is still trying to get the Lakas Kampi nod for governor as of the moment
    Well, that’s it. I just hope that we Biliranons will be able to truly discern what is good for us.
    Mabuhay Biliran!

  13. Gov Evardone’s predictions of doom for the party were just a ploy t clinch the party’s blessing as the congressional candidate for his district. He was predicting the party’s demise because he would not benefit from its equity-of-the-incumbent rule, meaning that an incumbent official gets priority for the official nomination. Gov Evardone had said that if he did not get the official nomination, he may have no choice but to leave the party.

    Apparently, Gov Espina and Evardone jump ship because the party is going against what they want.

  14. Gov Evardone’s pronouncement that the Lakas-Kampi party is disintegrating was just a ploy to clinch the party’s blessing as the congressional candidate for his district. Gov Evardone was predicting the party’s demise because he would not benefit from its equity-of-the-incumbent rule, meaning that an incumbent official gets the priority for the official nomination.
    Apparently, Gov Evardone and Gov Espina’s so-called defection from the Lakas-Kampi was triggered because the party was against want this two governors want.

  15. For the betterness of Biliran, let us elect candidate/s who has no allegiance to any political party. Let us elect candidates who must not belong to any party, not NPC, LP, NP, Lakas-Kampi or any other, but must belong to the party of the Philippine people. Let us elect candidates whose hands and feet were not shackled, whose eyes were not blinded and whose mouth were not gagged by the party.

    How could elected officials hold accountable the corrupt in government if they belong to one and same party?

  16. Hey, jalmz:

    Any reason why JDR’s request to post his NPC – Biliran

    official copy of his appointment not done yet?

    Please let’s give him the chance so the people can discern

    his candidacy for the province.

    Lamat kaayo.

  17. As a country, our political system currently is out whacked

    and very disorganized.

    No wonder ang very obvious corruptions go unpunished at

    unsa pa ang kabastosan.

    A lot of times whenever I meet someone and talk about

    politics in PI, this is the most popular question:

    Why is it that everyone wants to be the president in your

    country?

    And I just smiled in return: Every one is smart, very smart,

    that I am the only one who is stupid.

    Well, you guess it, there is a big laugh in the room

    and of course, I am the joker of the house….lol!

    Someone blogs here who really thinks she has a killer instinct

    of her idea not to elect someone who has no allegiance to any

    political party.

    Well, the more parties the merrier – more disorganized and I

    don’t know what’s the name of the nth party – maybe a

    Ghost Party…ghost nalang kay gipatay naman! or the

    Unknown Party…

    I hope that’s a kinder, gentler term party whose

    aim is not TO KILL EVERYONE not in line with

    her very smart idea.

    LMAO! ….(or ABLITR….!)….a big laugh in the room.

    Hey, peps, am not here for a debate because that connotes

    hatred……kinder, gentler term lang – exchange of ideas or

    humor?

    Maorag seious ra kaayo ang ubang blog dire, oi….

    Smile pod ta panagsa…bati pa ko dagway, unya dili

    pa mopahiyom, samot na atong blog maorag semana santa!

    Layo pa ra to….pasko sa aron sadya!

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