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mass exodus at arroyo’s LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD party, 40% members have left the party

November 18, 2009 1 comment

Lakas exec, 2 others join LP 
By Maila Ager
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A ranking official of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD and two others have left to join the Liberal Party as a coalition executive admitted that about 30 to 40 percent of Lakas partymates have shifted their loyalty to rival parties, officials said Wednesday.

Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, executive vice president for external affairs of Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats, and his vice mayor, Herbert Bautista, will formally join the party of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Thursday, according to the senator’s campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad.

Bautista will seek the mayoralty post while the incumbent mayor will run for Congress.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, vice president for Lakas-Kampi-CMD Mindanao, said a significant number of party members had left the group, adding more are expected to leave the administration party as the December 1 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy draws near.

“Probably 30 to 40 percent of the party members already left,” Zubiri told reporters. “Well, you know as we say in politics, for everyone that leave there’s always an open door for somebody to come in.”

Aside from Belmonte, Zubiri said he was told that governors and a few city mayors were also planning to bolt the administration party.

Zubiri attributed this to the “problem on the popularity” of the administration’s standard-bearer, Gilberto Teodoro, and “political survival.”

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