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‘No problem with LP endorsement’

There is no problem with the endorsement by Team PNoy campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon of Mayor Evelio Leonardia for congressman and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson for mayor of Bacolod in the May polls, Bacolod Councilor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.

Drilon and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao publicly endorsed Leonardia and Sayson, who are both candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, including their vice mayoralty candidate Greg Gasataya, during a mass wedding Saturday in Bacolod where they served as principal sponsors.

“I see no problem with the endorsement since there is an alliance between the Liberal Party, Nationalista Party and the NPC,” Familiaran, a member of the LP, said.

Drilon endorsed candidates for congressman, mayor and vice mayor, he said, while the LP candidates in Bacolod are all councilors.

Familiaran said that, aside from himself, other LP candidates for councilor are incumbents Sonya Verdeflor, Archie Baribar and Elmer Sy, former councilors Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Anna Marie Palermo, Mario Gerona, Tony Wong, Edwin Balajadia, Andy Hagad, Frank Carbon and Ray Carmona.

He said all 12 LP councilor candidates have been invited to attend the Team PNoy rally on Friday and that there will also be a mini-rally of the LP Women at the Pavillon Hotel on the same day, he said.

“With the endorsement of Drilon, who is the LP campaign manager, we could not ask for more,” Leonardia said.

They were told by Drilon, it is definitely the three of them who are going to be endorsed and they are the ones organizing the LP rally in Bacolod on Friday at 5 p.m., he said.

Leonardia said the complete team of PNoy will be arriving in Bacolod on Friday and they are inviting the public to come.

He and Sayson have been talking to Drilon, he said, and they had anticipated that there is going to be a partnership between the LP and NPC. For some reason, Bacolod is considered by both the LP and NPC as a special case, he added.

“I understand that the LP hierarchy has also accepted us as their candidates for congressman, mayor and vice mayor,” Leonardia said.

Drilon earlier said that the NPC, of which Leonardia is a member, is their coalition partner.

He said President Aquino is not joining the rally on Friday but the bulk of Team PNoy bets are expected to arrive.

Team PNoy is composed of Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara (LDP), Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV (LP), Alan Peter Cayetano (NP), Francis Escudero (Independent), Ana Theresia "Risa" Hontiveros-Baraquel (Akbayan), Loren Legarda (NPC), Ma. Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal-Valade (LP), Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (LP), Aquilino Martin "Koko" Pimentel III (PDP-Laban), Grace Poe (Independent), Antonio Trillanes IV (NP), and Cynthia Villar (NP).

Drilon said he is confident that, with the full support of the president, the Team PNoy candidates will win.*CGS

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