By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/19-May-12) – Cold feet become warmer when hosted by local politicians who command political followings, this was the warm reception received by Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teodoro Casiño when he was hosted by Governor Raul Lee for a meeting with his political leaders who are new members of PDP-Laban, and was presented to the local press.
During the press conference, Governor Lee expressed support to Congressman Casiño on his senatorial bid this coming 2013 election. “Walk while you talk”, Gov. Lee answered media queries for his warm welcome and hospitality to his guest, showing that the Governor is already endorsing Cong. Casino’s senatorial bid.
The three-termer partylist representative of Bayan Muna, intimated that he intends to seek senatorial seat, thus he is in the process of negotiating with other political parties for his inclusion in their senatorial line-ups.
Casiño revealed there is progress in his talk with VP Binay- UNA-PDP laban tandem, except for minor disagreements that need to be ironed out.
The street parliamentarian became a by-word in national politics when national radio and television took turns interviewing him after the retirement of Satur Ocampo in Congress. He is now the leading voice of the progressives in the mainstream.
Saying that as party list representative, he needs to visit the provinces to feel the pulse of the people. When asked about his deeper intention of his visit, the congressman took it as an opportunity to answer in the positive that he is seeking a senatorial seat.
At the gathering, he admitted that Bayan Muna will not barter its ideals, though they are always open to join hands with other parties in advancing their social reform agendas which are sometimes opposite with the social reforms of the government.
Congressman Casiño’s position in Congress crosses path with Malacañang on numerous issues. The oil deregulation law, peace process, freedom of information, contractualization of workers, and expanded value added tax are some of them. [With a report from Angel Ayala/BicolToday.com]
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