LP denies pact with NPC on the rocks
MANILA - Spokesmen of the administration Liberal Party denied Thursday that there are changes in the partnership between the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and the LP.
The statement came on the heels of reports that the NPC has cut its ties with the Liberal Party due to opposing views. Earlier reports said the NPC has decided to withdraw its support for Team PNoy candidate Jamby Madrigal, Bam Aquino and Ramon Magsaysasay Jr.
Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo said they have been assured as early as yesterday by NPC spokesman Rex Gatchalian that the ties between the two parties remain and that the trust and confidence between the two parties are still there.
In a separate announcement, Gatchalian said the NPC has no plans of walking out on the commitment between the two parties.
Meanwhile, Quimbo and Erin Tanada also adressed the issue of the Comelec possibly disqualifying a Team PNoy candidate.
Although the Comelec earlier refused to divulge any names on that matter, former senator Jamby Madrigal was mentioned as having sponsored an online contest to give away an iPad.
Quimbo and Tanada said guidelines on social media are still unclear since for them, it's an unexplored terrain in the campaign process.
Quimbo commended Comelec for being on their toes for monitoring traditional and the new media but stressed that there should be some leeway considering that social media is a very new thing.
Madrigal's lawyer, Ernesto Francisco, said the senatorial candidate is sorry for the incident but maintains that she had no knowledge of the contest. He said Madrigal did not finance the iPads.
He said it was Madrigal's volunteers that posted the raffle in her official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
He said Madrigal immediately asked the volunteers to take down the posts regarding the iPads after being informed about the issue.