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Exodus of Lakas stalwarts
to LP looming in NegOr


An exodus of Lakas stalwarts in Negros Oriental is expected in few days with feelers coming from mayors of the first, second and third districts in the province.

This was confirmed yesterday by Mayor Edsel Enardecido of Ayungon town who categorically spoke on changing party lines for the sake of unity, and to support Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (Neg. Or., 1st District) and the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Enardecido said he also made the decision because his former ally, former Rep. Jacinto Paras of the 1st District (Lakas) is no longer interested in running.

Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap, Canlaon City Mayor Jimmy Clerigo, Manjuyod Mayor Baldado also made feelers to take their oath with the Liberal Party, which turned 65 years old Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Gov. Roel Degamo, a member of the Lakas political party said he would not issue categorical statements about an impending switch in his party affiliation. He denied that he has already transferred from Lakas to the Liberal party.

He, however, clarified that he is supporting the administration of President Aquino and his programs.

Degamo also reiterated an earlier pronouncement that there is only one governor in Negros Oriental, due to reports that there are pressure on him to make decisions coming from scions of political bigwigs.

Degamo denied this, stressing that he wants to stay focused on the big task ahead of him at the provincial Capitol.

He also denied having terminated the services of  job order employees, hired during the incumbency of the late Gov Agustin Perdices.

Meanwhile, Task Force Kasaligan that was created by the late governor will not be disbanded if he finds the composition effective and efficient, Degamo said.

The task force is designed to run after illegal gambling and illegal drug activities in the province.*JG



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