Matin says Petillas will honor
pact with the Romualdezes
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
March 6, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
First District of Leyte Congresswoman Remedios “Matin” Petilla assures she will
follow the agreement forged between the Petillas and Romualdezes with President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as far as equity of the incumbent is concerned in the
district for local candidates in the May polls.
“As far as equity of the
incumbent is concerned, nagsabot kami ni Martin nga diri mabutang an Lakas nga
may-ada equity of the incumbent an Kampi and KAMPI will not put up a candidate
against hin Lakas nga mayda liwat equity of the incumbent,” Congresswoman
This the lady solon was
referring to underground talks the Petillas would be putting up their candidates
in the local arena to face off with the incumbent local executives seeking
Cong. Petilla is the district
chair of Lakas while Atty. Martin Romualdez is the district chair of Kampi.
She added that the unification
forged do not extend its clouts over other parties other than those under the
administration coalition, who may want to seek a post and challenge incumbent
reelectionists, particulary the mayoralty posts.
“That doesn’t mean nga an iba
nga partido diri na madalagan. Puede ito hira magdalagan. We are in a democracy.
Whoever is qualified can run,” she further explained.
representative also alluded to radio talks that she is regrouping her barangay
force and reorganizing her people with a plan to pursue a congressional bid
despite the unification forged in Malacańang some two weeks back.
As she revealed the agreement
made between the two big political families is she will support Atty. Martin
Romualdez when he runs for congressman, while the Romualdez would in turn
support Gov. Petilla in his reelection with both families agreeing not to field
any candidates from their clan to face against one another.
Talks on Congresswoman Petilla
contemplating on a comeback rather than a retirement came after a group of
barangay officials were sent to Manila the other week for a Lakbay Aral, which
trip was sponsored by the lady solon’s office.
The same officials were noted
to have been the same officials who were with Atty. Romualdez when he and other
officials from Leyte’s First District, took oath as members of the Kampi party
in Manila last January.
“An unification nga sabot
waray didto magsiring nga diri na ako makakalakat, ada na la ako ha balay
mag-inukoy ngan diri na ako makigkita hiton tawo o mag-gantsilyo nala ako. If
that was the reason of the unification, definitely I would have disagreed,”
Congresswoman Petilla explained.
She maintains she still
hold the responsibility to continue the projects owed to the people of the First
District which should be put in place before the election ban will be imposed
otherwise it will remain pending till the election period is over.