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PDSP full support to Grey's congressional bid in Samar assured

By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
January 28, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Officials of the Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP) on Friday (January 26) assured full support to San Jorge, Samar Mayor Joseph V. Grey who will be running against incumbent Congressman Reynaldo S. Uy in the first district of Samar in the forthcoming May 14 polls.


Mayor Joseph Grey

The PDSP, it was learned, is a nationwide political party drawn from all classes and sectors of Philippine society, but specially from workers, small farmers, small fisher folks, and progressive elements among professionals and persons in business. It embodies the interests and aspirations of the Philippines and works for their empowerment, especially of the poor and disadvantaged who are marginalized by unjust societal structures.

Jorge Azuelo, the chief of staff of the PDSP Secretary General Timoteo A. Aranjuez, said Grey could count on the party's total backing when he starts campaigning. Grey, had taken his "special" Basic Orientation Seminar (BOS) and oath last earlier this month at the central headquarters of the party in Manila in the presence of party officials, some are "big names" in the Philippine politics.

Azuelo stressed that the party chaired by National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales deserves the "full and unequivocal" support to Grey, who is a former Liberal Party. Azuelo and some other party officials were in the city Friday for the basic orientation seminar conducted at the Mac Arthur Beach Resort Hotel in Palo, Leyte.

One of the party officials told this writer that the party is also a consultative member of the Socialist International. The latter "is a worldwide association represented in 105 countries by some 126 parties that share the aims and aspirations like that of the PDSP, for their respective countries and for humankind," he said.

Meanwhile, there were around 60 participants, mostly municipal mayors and councilors from the towns of Almagro, Tagapul-an, Sto. Niño, San Jorge, Gandara, Matuguinao, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, Sta. Margarita, all in the first district of Samar have took their oath of alliance, after their (BOS), around 4 o'clock in the afternoon of January 26.

Grey, whose being eyed as the next provincial chairman of the party, first ran under the banner of the Liberal Party in 2004, and won a mayoralty seat in San Jorge, Samar. In this forthcoming synchronized local and national election, he decided to vacate the post, endorsed his wife Nancy as his successor and contests a seat in the congressional level.