Local Magdalo chapter backs Team Rama in 2013 elections

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Saturday, October 13, 2012


MEMBERS of Team Rama confirmed they are supported by the local chapter of the Magdalo group.

However, Sen. Antonio Trillanes III, leader of the Magdalo group, clarified the local chapter has autonomy in supporting candidates in the local contest.

Councilor Jose Daluz III and former councilor Jocelyn Pesquera confirmed the support of the Magdalo local chapter.

The Magdalo group led a mutiny against then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007.

Trillanes is now part of the Liberal Party (LP) ticket for senator in the 2013 elections. LP has endorsed the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) candidates for the local May elections, while Team Rama has the backing of the United National Alliance.

“The local chapters have the autonomy to choose local leaders because they can discriminate better. Normally, if we don’t have (a stake) we don’t try to influence them,” said Trillanes.

He denied the local leaders already talked to him about endorsing Team Rama.

Conflict

When asked if there might be a conflict between the local Magdalo group and the national leaders, Trillanes admitted he has not thought of that.

“We have not talked about that but we will soon have a convention and I’m sure this
will be tackled,” said Trillanes.

The senator also said the national leaders would need the support of local leaders, but the national leaders are not in a position to endorse local candidates.

Trillanes was in Cebu City yesterday to formally turnover an ambulance worth P1.4 million to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

He also pledged P1 million in medical assistance to the City hospital.

Hospitals, colleges

Over the years, Trillanes has allocated P1 million each to six public hospitals in Metro Cebu from his pork barrel.

The hospitals are St. Anthony Mother and Child, Camp Lapu-Lapu hospital, Benito Ebuen Airbase hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital, and Talisay District Hospital.

He also allocated a total of P1.5 million for three colleges in the City.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama was on a three-day retreat yesterday, so he was not on-hand to welcome Trillanes. He was represented by Pesquera.

Other officials who attended the blessing and turnover of the ambulance were Councilors Roberto Cabarrubias and Lea Japson.

A press conference followed with Trillanes saying he supports the Cybercrime Law but with the necessary amendments.

He also said that while he had a public spat with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for trying to ease tensions between the Philippine Government and Chinese Government through back channels, he believes his efforts made some good because the relationship between two countries are no longer as heated.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2012.

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