A major shift of alliance of Cebuano political forces were formalized yesterday when the Barug Alang sa Kalamboan ug Demokrasya (Bakud) Party headed by Danao City Vice Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III signed a pact with the ruling Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.
Vice Mayor Nito Durano took his oath as LP member on his birthday and he was thrilled that no less than the President of the Philippines was his during the historic day. He vowed to deliver votes for the LP candidates especially the tandem of Hilario Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale who will be head the provincial line-up of the party.
Several national officials were with the President like Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Franklin Drilon, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Energy Secretary Rene Almendras (brother of Vice Governor Magpale) and Budget Secretary Butch Abad. Also present to grave the event were Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district), Rep. Luigi Quisumbing (sixth district), Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, Pinamungajan Mayor Geraldine Yapha, Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante, Barili Mayor Marianito Mariñas, Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. and Sta. Fe Mayor Jennifer Illustrisimo. All the mayors of the 5th district were there except for Liloan Mayor Duke Frasco, and Danao City Mayor Ramon “Boy” Durano Jr. Some politicians identified with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s One Cebu Party were also there like PB Thaddeo Ouano, Santander Vice Mayor Wilson Wenceslao and Samboan Mayor Raymond Calderon.
The Bakud Party has been close allies of Governor Gwen Garcia during the past three elections where they helped the governor get elected in 2004, 2007, and 2010. Governor Garcia has allied herself with UNA party of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and she is planning to run for a senate seat in the 2013 elections.
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