Ex-Quezon gov resigns from Liberal Party
LUCENA CITY— A former provincial governor of Quezon is resigning from Liberal Party over his disgust to the alleged administration party’s weak leadership in the province.
Former Gov. Eduardo “Eddie” Rodriguez, who is running as independent in the 3rd congressional districy, said he decided to resign as LP member due to the obvious failure of its provincial leaders to organize its own candidates for next year’s elections.
“Being the administration party, LP should be the dominant party here in Quezon, a known vote-rich province, but it is ironic that what is happening is the other way around. Those who are saying that LP is the dominant party in Quezon are lying on their teeth,” said Rodriguez, a former party chairman in the 3rd district.
Rodriguez was the party’s offical candidate for the congressional post in the district last elections but he lost to Rep. Danilo Suarez, known staunch ally of former President Gloria Arroyo and now the House minority leader.
Based on records of the Commission on Elections provincial office, out of 39 towns and two cities, only 35 LP candidates have filed COCs for the mayoral posts and only 32 for vice mayor. Only three of the four districts have filed COCs for congressman and only seven out of 10 for provincial board members.
“These figures clearly show that there is a problem in the LP leadership here in Quezon. But whatever caused this problem, I don’t blame anyone,” Rodriguez said.
A few months ago, Rodriguez resigned as party district chairman and gave way to its would be candidate- Vitaliano Aguirre, one of the prosecution panel lawyers who was scolded by Sen. Miriam Santiago for covering his ears while she was speaking during the impeachment hearing of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.
“Most of us in the Quezon LP thought all the while that Atty. Aguirre will be running against Cong. Suarez so I promptly resigned as LP district chairman to give way to him. But eventually, we were caught by surprise upon learning that he won’t run. Somebody told me that Atty. Aguirre changed his mind as the party leaders could not assure him of financial support knowing that he will be running against a wealthy and well- armed incumbent candidate. So when I learned that no candidate from LP had filed COC until noon of the last day of filing, I decided to file my won even without political party”, he recalled.
He said it was only the next day that he was informed by a party mate that a lady candidate from LP had filed her COC on the late afternoon shortly before the deadline.
“I was informed by a friend that a certain Shiela de Leon filed COC for the Congressional post. I even asked him who that lady was because I don’t know her personally”, he said.
Rodriguez is referring to 39 year- old lawyer, Shiela de Leon, the area director for Southern Tagalog of Tanggol Kalikasan, an environment watchdog that is formerly headed by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources director Asis Perez.
Ridriguez said LP should have placed its best bet in the 3rd district knowing that it is the bailiwick of Suarez and his son, Gov. David “Jayjay” Suarez.
“I also wonder why LP has no mayoralty candidates for mayor, vice mayor and councilors in the four biggest towns of Buenavista, San Narciso, San Andres and San Francisco, all in the 3rd district. Rumors have it that some LP leaders here had a secret talk with Danny Suareaz and came up with an idea that 3rd district will be spared by LP. The talk was allegedly initiated by a Malacañang official who is very closed with Danny. But of course, I don’t believe in that rumor”, he said.
Asked why he was not the one chosen by the party, Rodriguez said he has no idea. But he clarified that he will remain a candidate even without political party, saying that the important thing for his is to beat Suarez.
Rodriguez who served as Quezon governor from 1988 to 1998 was responsible in the construction of two multi- million dollar giant power plants in Quezon that brought progress in the province through real property taxes and employment. It was under his stewardship that the image of the province’ 3rd district (Bondoc Peninsula) was transformed from rebel infested to peaceful area after initiating local peace talks with the communist rebels.