Gov. Petilla open to any third
force candidate in Leyte
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
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.