Villafuerte bolts out from Kampi

May 28, 2009 1:25 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, May 28 — Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte announced on Thursday he is moving out of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party, where he was president until his resignation last April, to give way to the merger with the Lakas-Christians-Muslims-Democrats (CMD).

He said he made his decision early this week, ahead of the formal merging of the two largest political parties in the country — Lakas-CMD and Kampi — to become the "Lakas-Kampi-CMD" party.

The merging was held today at the Manila Hotel and presided over by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Villafuerte has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the merger and said that important issues should be addressed first for it to succeed in unifying the parties and resolve wrangling on the local level.

He said he would be an independent and might seek reelection as a guest candidate of a different party.

Meanwhile, Speaker Prospero Nograles has expressed his full support to Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno's bid for vice president in the coming 2010 synchronized national and local elections.

He said that all options on the party's bets for 2010 are "wide open" following the merger.

"The selection process will be by local, regional and national consultations with an expanded national executive committee coupled with a strong arbitration and selection process," he said.

But still, Nograles said, the final choice will be made by the President.

"After getting the consensus of all members and leaders, she (President Arroyo) has to decide who. That is in our by-laws," he said. (PNA) scs/LGI

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