Lawmaker insists NPC withdrew nomination certificate

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

FOURTH district Representative Jeffrey Ferrer said Tuesday he should not be asked about party loyalty because he was the one who was eased out from the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) when the party unilaterally withdrew his Certificate of Nomination (Cona).

"I have been loyal to the party. I have been very supportive of the NPC's advocacies at the House of Representatives. The party took my Cona without due process," Ferrer said.

Ferrer made the statement in reaction to former board member Ike Barredo's statement that party members should be loyal to their party, no matter what party it is, apparently referring to the lawmaker.


Barredo said that as a loyal member of the party, he just waited for whatever decision the party has for him.

Barredo, who is challenging Ferrer for the congressional post in the fourth district, revealed that he now enjoys the support of NPC Chairman Emiritus Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco who is also the founder of the NPC.

He also revealed that because of the support of the NPC founder for him, he automatically enjoys the support of their standard bearer in the province, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez and his running mate Bong Lacson.

He said he sees the good intention of Cojuangco for the province. “But sometimes, his good intentions are given different meaning by some officials," Barredo added.

Meanwhile, Ferrer said that aside from him, Governor Alfredo Marañon, who was the provincial chair of NPC, was not also given due process by the party.

"The governor was removed from his provincial chairmanship without even informing him beforehand. Where is due process there?" Ferrer said.

"In the first place, why should he (apparently referring to Barredo) raise the issue on party loyalty? Does he have the CONA of NPC?" Ferrer queried.

Barredo filed his COC as an independent candidate.

Ferrer said that right now, he is no longer a member of the NPC, and those issues hurled against him about party loyalty have no basis at all.

He said he and Cojuangco maintained their friendship, despite what happened in the political developments in the province.

He added that he now concentrates on the legislative agenda he has for the fourth district that he has been implementing for the last five years.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 12, 2012.

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