BCDA chair continues to work for political unification in Bataan

October 31, 2012 10:17 am 

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Oct. 31 — Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chair Felicito Payumo wants political unification be realized among big and seasoned politicians in Bataan.

Payumo expressed belief that the groups of Gov. Enrique “Tet” Garcia and his cousin former Gov. Leonardo “Ding” Roman will reconcile and avoid political clash come May 2013.

Payumo, former Bataan congressman, said he will also make the appeal to the group of Rep. Herminia Roman, former political ally of Ding Roman, who lately coalesced with the Garcias.

"Our wish is to change the political system in the province through the coalition of big politicians so that huge expenses during election be avoided," Payumo said, who is Liberal Party (LP) chairman in Bataan.

Payumo said he believed that Governor Garcia and sons Rep. Albert Garcia of the second district and Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III were sincere in their desire for unification.

He said talks about unification lasted for almost three months between the Garcias and the group of Ding Roman, a move allegedly known to former Congressman Tony Roman, husband of Congresswoman Herminia Roman.

Payumo said he thought that the talks were going smoothly but on the filing of the certificates of candidacy on October 1 – 5, 2012, many were surprised to learn that the unification move failed, especially on the part of the Garcias and Ding Roman.

The elder Garcia filed his COC as candidate for congressman in the second district and so with Ding Roman. Herminia Roman is running unopposed from the Garcia camp as re-electionist congresswoman in the first district.

Congressman Albert Garcia became the candidate of Herminia Roman’s group for the position of governor. Vice-Gov. Efren Pascual Jr., nephew of Herminia Roman, is running for re-election under the ticket of Albert Garcia.

Herminia Roman and the Garcias have unified but not with the group of Ding Roman who fielded separate candidates for congressman in two districts as well as for governor, vice-governor and provincial Board.

"The unification is not yet complete and this is what we want to work out," Payumo added.(PNA)



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