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Gov. Petilla open to any third force candidate in Leyte

By Provincial Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
March 2, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  After announcing his withdrawal from the senatorial race, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho said in the local political arena, he welcomes third force candidate to bid for local positions apart from the agreement made between the Petillas and the Romualdezes in Malacañang more than two weeks ago.

According to the governor no one can prevent any third or fourth force to run a candidacy as the country is in a democracy.

However, he clarifies that the Petillas are sticking to the agreement made with the Romualdezes in front of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in as far as the gubernatorial seat and the congressional seat of the first district of Leyte is concerned.

As agreed by the two big political families in Leyte, the Petilla clan will seek again the gubernatorial post with Gov. Petilla while the Romualdezes would field Atty. Martin Romualdez for Leyte’s first District.

Both families agreed not to post any candidate from among their clan to run under the administration’s coalition banner particularly Lakas and Kampi parties for the Petillas and Romualdezes respectively.

There are also other parties included in the said coalition such as the NPC and the LDP.

“We are not the only party existing. There are other parties who may also have qualified candidates. But as far as the agreement is concerned we will support Atty. Romualdez’ candidacy and in turn they will support me,” Gov. Petilla said in a press conference.

He, however added that any person can run provided he is moved to run to give the people better options, better visions and not for personal gains.