By Joey Natividad
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/05-Oct-2012) – Have you heard of “transactional politics”?
This is the new game played by political kingmakers, as exposed by Sorsogon’s LP stalwart lawyer Arnulfo L.Perete, a provincial board member who is finishing his term.
Originally coined by lawyer Perete, he said “transactional politics” is the art by politicians, in coalition or alliances, who sacrifice some of their local bets to favor others who will run for office with strong chances of winning without meeting strong opposition in desired areas.
The newly coined words will add again to the colorful vocabulary of Philippine politics.
“These are accommodations to favor big and small politicians, in alliances, to consolidate future interests,” said Perete, as he observed the games being played in this province.
Perete himself fell victim to “transactional politics” by the Escuderos when they blocked his LP official nomination by conniving with LP chair Secretary Mar Roxas to junk him, in order for Senator Chiz Escudero’s mother to run for Congress in the 1st District without a strong LP opposition.
Perete is a LP old guard and has been a party member since 1962.
The secret deal by Senator Escudero with Secretary Roxas is designed to cripple Perete’s plan as LP official bet to run in the 1st district, a move that will make easier for Senator Escudero’s mother to win the House seat without an opposing LP candidate.
Board member Perete also cited “transactional politics” being played by the Lee-Escudero power coalition in Sorsogon politics which sacrificed other local bets to favor others depending upon the secret agreement by the two power-brokers.
The favored ones win elective posts unopposed, or without strong opposition.
In Sorsogon, Governor Raul Lee and the Escuderos have forged a coalition to monopolize power.
Despite the machination pressed upon him, Perete vowed to fight in the 1st district as an “independent LP”. [BicolToday.com]
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