LP-Pangasinan reaffirms support to Braganza's gubernatorial bid

April 18, 2013 10:19 pm 

MANILA, April 18 — The Liberal Party (LP) Pangasinan Chapter on Thursday reaffirmed their support to the gubernatorial bid of Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, debunking reports that the party has switched loyalty in favor of re-electionist Gov. Amado Espino Jr.

"We wish to state on record that we never signed a covenant, or any document, supporting the re-election bid of Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr.," the LP mayoral candidates said in a signed statement emailed to the Philippines News Agency.

"Together with our political leaders and supporters, we remain committed to President (Benigno) Aquino (III)’s and the Liberal Party’s efforts to help elect Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza as Governor of Pangasinan," it added.

The LP-Pangasinan, at the same time, scored Espino and his propagandists for allegedly "falsely" claiming in an official media release that 17 of the LP mayoral candidates have already joined the governor’s camp.

"Pawang kasinungalingan ang pinagsasabi ng kabilang kampo. Hindi totoo na iniwanan na namin si Mayor Braganza, ang aming kandidato sa pagka-gobernador (The statements released by the other camps were all lies. We will support Mayor Braganza's bid for governor)," said Wilson De Vera, the LP’s mayoral candidate in Calasiao.

"Kahit ano ang mangyari, ipapanalo namin si Nani Braganza at ang lahat ng kandidato ng Liberal Party (We are determined to support Nani Braganza and the entire ticket of the Liberal Party)," said Constante Agbayani, LP’s candidate for mayor in San Fabian.

Officials of LP-Pangasinan also condemned the alleged disinformation campaign being waged by Espino’s camp, saying these were part of desperate measures being undertaken by the governor to arrest the dwindling public support to his re-election bid.

They also deplored attempts by Espino’s supporters to allegedly bribe the LP official candidates just to entice them to switch loyalty in the middle of the campaign period.

"We have confirmed reports that individuals and personalities working for Gov. Espino have approached LP candidates, offering them P100,000 in cash and promising them development projects in exchange for their political support," said the LP-Pangasinan in a statement.

"The Liberal Party will continue to expose such dirty tactics, including attempts to sow intrigue and disinformation using the media," it said.

"The party also calls on the public to be always vigilant in order to frustrate the desperate attempts of Gov. Espino to make a mockery out of the people’s will and the electoral process," it added. (PNA)

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