LP-Maguindanao mayors assures P-Noy big win in province

April 13, 2013 1:57 am 

BULUAN, Maguindanao, Apr. 12 –Twenty six Liberal Party (LP) mayors here vowed on Friday to muster 80 percent of votes in the province to assure a convincing win for the ruling administration party in connection with the upcoming May 13 midterm polls.

The province has 36 municipalities, 10 of which are perceived bailiwicks of the opposition United National Alliance party.

“We will do our best to make good our promise,” Buluan Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu told President Benigno S. Aquino lll during the LP campaign rally here attended by an estimated crowd of 30,000 supporters scattered on both sides of the highway leading to this town and a jam-packed audience of 3,000 inside the Buluan municipal gymnasium where the event was held.

Mangudadatu said they would also like to erase the tarnished image of Maguindanao being tagged as the “cheating capital” of the country as he promised to win the polls for the party in a “clean and honest” manner.

The mayor is the brother of Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, the provincial LP head, who are both working closely for the party’s thrusts in the province with Acting Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman, the region’s LP chairman.

“Mas maganda kung tataasan nyo pa sa 80 percent (It would be much better if you could raise it to more than 80, percent),” the President responded to the mayor’s assurance to the delight of the crowd and party mates.

During the 2007 midterm polls, the President, then running for an opposition senatorial seat, garnered only minimal votes in the province reportedly plagued with election irregularities.

LP senatorial candidate Koko Pimentel, in an interview here, said he himself was quite surprised with the Maguindanao poll results in 2007 when close rival Juan Miguel “Migs” Zubiri managed to garner 195,000 votes against his 67,000 for a total of 262,000 when the number of registered voters in the province only totaled 204,000 that time.

“Pag-asa, kapayapaan at kaunlaran. Yan ang bagong mukha ng Maguindanao ngayon (Hope, peace and development. That would be the face of Maguindanao from now on),” Aquino stressed as he urged Maguindanaons to vote straight Team P-Noy for the continuance of his administration’s programs in the province.

Apart from Pimentel, other LP senatoriables who joined the President here were Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Risa Hontiveros, Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Edgardo “Sonny” Angara and Loren Legarda.

Other LP senatorial slate members who failed to make it to the event were Allan Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe and Jamby Madrigal.

Prior to the arrival of the President to the venue, the speeches of the senatorial candidates were interrupted by a series of power outages brought about by rotational brownouts prevailing in southern Mindanao since last month. (PNA)



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