By Joey Natividad
TIGAON, Camarines Sur (BicolToday.com/2-Dec-2012) – Lawyer Joel Cadiz, Liberal Party (LP) bet for governor in Camarines Sur is expected to head for disaster as LP’s congressional bet Señor Aga Muhlach in the 4th District will support Migz Villafuerte, a Nacionalista Party candidate in the province’s gubernatorial race. Cadiz is running against the two Villafuertes, Migz and outgoing Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte.
With Muhlach supporting the young Villafuerte, Cadiz cannot count on the 4th district’s more than 200 thousand votes. The showbiz actor’s other LP candidates at the municipal level have their loyalty for Villafuerte.
Governor L-Ray Villafuerte has been bank-rolling Muhlach’s barangay visits since March when he has been accompanying Governor Villafuerte in his unofficial campaign sorties, dubbed as “barangay constituency visits”. The visits include the giving out of cash to village folks in the guise as “winning prizes in raffles, slapstick comedy contests, and distribution of relief goods of rice and foodstuff.”
End-termer Governor L-Ray is running against Congressman Dato Arroyo in 2nd district, and his son, Migz, in his late twenties, is running for governorship which is being challenged by L-Ray’s father, Congressman Villafuerte. In the past few years, L-Ray and Congressman Villafuerte are at odds with each other.
Muhlach is reported to have fallen into “debt of gratitude” for the Villafuertes in organizing the actor’s political machinery at the town level. “Muhlach is likely to disobey LP party discipline, loyalty and principles in placing his loyalty for the Nacionalista condidates rather than official LP bet, Cadiz.,” said an observer.
Cadiz cannot count on Naga City’s 80,000 voters who, by latest survey, is likely to support late Secretary Jessie Robredo’s widow, lawyer Lenie Robredo, in the congressional fight for the 3rd District. Lenie is LP provincial chair, and she is counting on the outpour of public sympathy for her late husband. She is running against Nelly F. Villafuerte, wife of end-termer Congressman Villafuerte.
By election rules, Naga City as chartered city and independent from the Camarines Sur provincial government, its voters cannot vote for provincial officials. A rule that render Cadiz hopeless in getting 80,000 plus Naga votes. Lenie Robredo is backing up Cadiz.
“Unless the LP national leadership cracks the whip on Muhlach and his clique to toe the party line, the LP is heading for disaster as a dominant political party in Camarines Sur,” said a political analyst.
“Either Muhlach and his clique bolt the Liberal Party if they cannot toe the party line this election in May 2013, or the LP junks Cadiz to preserve the party in Camarines Sur but, directly favoring the NP,” said the analyst.
There are also rumours that the Fuentebellas in the 4th District may adopt Cadiz as thier candidate for the governorship. The Fuentebellas have a sensitive alliance with Congressman Villafuerte as their governor against the latter’s grandson, while the young Villafuerte is backing up Muhlach who is fighting Wimpy Fuentebella in the 4th district Congressional fight.
“The Fuentebellas might need Cadiz as counter-leverage if all the Villafuertes might unite later on, and support Muhlach against Wimpy Fuentebella,” said the analyst. “Cadiz is a proverbial dark horse.” [BicolToday.com]
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