arroyo cabinet secretary bello says he supports aquino – snow ball effect started?
another defection from the aroyo administration, this time cabinet secretary bello. yesterday when secretary romulo made known his suppot for noynoy aquino, we wondered if that was the start of a snow ball effect where other arroyo officials will
announce their support for noynoy aquino.
we wonder once again if that was the start of a long list of arroyo officials supporting aquino.
Arroyo man Bello admits pro-Noynoy Aquino sentiments
After Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, another member of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Cabinet indicated Wednesday his sentiments are for Liberal Party
standard bearer Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III.
But Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III stopped short of saying he would support Aquino’s presidential bid this early, saying he would quit his post should he finally decide to do so.
“Eh, siyempre medyo ang sentiment ko para kay Noynoy. Pero kung mag-iisip ako na susuporta sa kanya, bago pa man ako gagalaw, magbibitiw muna ako (My sentiments are for Noynoy. But if I would think of supporting his presidential bid I would resign from my post first),” Bello said in an interview on dzXL radio.
“Sarilihin mo na lang ang choice mo (If you want to stay in the Cabinet and you are supporting someone other than the administration bet, keep your choice to yourself),” he added.
In the radio interview, Bello admitted he is for Noynoy mainly because of the senator’s late mother, former President Corazon Aquino, under whose administration he served for six years.
Bello said Mrs. Aquino appointed him Justice undersecretary on March 2, 1986 – days after she was catapulted to Malacañang through the EDSA People Power uprising.
“Naglingkod ako sa nanay niya for a solid six years (I served under his mother for a solid six years),” he said.
Bello is the second Cabinet member after Secretary Romulo to indicate he is leaning toward Aquino in the 2010 national elections.