BUKIDNON NEWS – As if to solidify his being the “real” and “official” candidate of the Liberal Party (LP), Engr. Wenifredo Agripo, Sr. officially filed his candidacy for the congressional seat of the second district of Bukidnon today, November 28, 2009 at the Bukidnon office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
Along with his wife, children and other LP local candidates, Agripo filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at around 10:40 a.m. today.
In an ambush interview before his official filing, Agripo said in vernacular that “today, we prove that I have the blessing of not only the provincial LP head but also of the entire party. I am the real candidate of the Liberal Party. People should not be confused.”
Recently, talks of Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. joining the Liberal Party hogged the headlines. Zubiri led a survey cum mock polls among Bukidnon city and municipal mayors, vice mayors, councilors and barangay captains and the declared “winners” were Liberal Party bets Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas. The survey was done during three caucuses held at the BRCI compound in Manolo Fortich on November 3, at the Kaamulan Open Theater on November 4 and at the municipal gymnasium in Maramag on November 5. Because of the “results,” Zubiri is reportedly shifting allegiance to Liberal Party.
Zubiri supported the LAKAS-CMD-KAMPI party in the last elections. During the mock polls cum survey, Zubiri reportedly aired his grievance against President Gloria Arroyo, whom he accused of “forgetting” the provinces that supported her in the last elections.
Two years ago, during the Kaamulan Festival, he announced his support for former Senate President Manuel Villar. Early this year, meanwhile, during the same festival, he called Sen. Loren Legarda “the future President” of the Philippines.
As of press time, Zubiri’s allies tell Bukidnon Online that they still “do not have a party as of the moment.” Reports of Zubiri and his allies “being banned” from entering LP have been swirling around. Read related story here.
The provincial LP head is former Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon mayor Socorro Acosta. Acosta’s son, former Bukidnon First District Congressman Neric Acosta, is also running as senator under LP. The Acostas and the Zubiris have long been political enemies. (MISA/Bukidnon News Online)
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