Former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela yesterday confirmed that he has resigned as chairman of the Friends of Mar-Leni in Negros Occidental, but stressed that his team will continue to campaign for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo.
“We strongly believe that former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas remains the best and only option if we want continued economic growth in the next six years and beyond. And together with Cong. Leni Robredo as his Vice President, we will be guaranteed that those belonging to the marginalized sectors will find a champion in her, owing to her track record of helping people who live in the fringes of our society,” Coscolluela said.
However, he said, “with all candor and deep regrets,” he has asked to be replaced as chairman of the provincial non conventional campaign group, more popularly called “Friends of Mar-Leni”, through a letter addressed to National NonCon head Karina David Tuesday.
Coscolluela said in October last year, he was designated interim chair of LP-Negros Occidental for the purpose of signing the CONAs ( Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance) of LP aspirants in the province.
The CONA, duly signed by a party authority, is a requirement when candidates filed their COCs carrying the party banner, he said, but pointed out that he vacated the post after the period for filing certificates of candidacy ended.
The LP later handed over the post to former Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante, who remains provincial chair of the party until today, Coscolluela said.
On the other hand, he focused on the non conventional campaign for Mar-Leni province-wide, organizing a barangay and LGU-based speakers' bureau, meeting key sectoral leaders and touching base with people's and civil society organizations, Coscolluela said.
On the allegation that he was replaced by Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez as campaign chairman, Coscolluela said Lopez has never been a part of the Negros Occidental Provincial NonCon, which operates throughout the province, except Bacolod City, which is politically-independent from the province, being a highly-urbanized city.
Lopez is LP Bacolod chair, Cosolluela pointed out.
“My team has decided to go local and adopt a different approach to addressing issues and concerns, including messaging; to respond more pro-actively and with urgency to relevant feedback from the ground,” he said.
“Tuloy pa rin ang laban (the fight goes on),” he said.
In fact, he spent yesterday campaigning for the Roxas-Robredo tandem in Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental, he told the DAILY STAR.*CPG
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