Angara declares gubernatorial bid
Sen. Edgardo Angara, who is said to be eyeing the governorship in the 2013 elections, said his bid was spurred by an overwhelming clamor from a majority of the mayors in the province.
Saying he was a “reluctant candidate” who had no gubernatorial ambitions,
“In fact, I was the one who proposed a Noveras-Angara tandem which I considered unbeatable. But our political leaders rejected that. Instead, they endorsed me to run for governor,” he said.
Noveras has since declared his bid for the governorship, refusing to back out despite a series of backdoor negotiations with the senator’s camp.
But he apparently changed his mind following the mayors’ endorsement for him to run for governor.
“I am not really obsessed with the governorship. But there was a clamor from among the mayors of
While he has not made public his decision to seek the governorship,
Over the past months, the senator has shown signs that he would indeed run for governor.
Last Aug. 13, Angara surprised the crowd at the 31st foundation anniversary and 27th annual general assembly of the Aurora Electric Cooperative held at the Aurelco headquarters in Barangay Reserva, when he donated four tricycles during the raffle draw. He and Noveras were among the guests at the twin event.
Last Sept. 8, the senator stayed longer than usual during the closing ceremonies for Aurora Plays Football, a program he launched for the kids in the province, held at the Baler Central School.
“He was not the type who would stay long in social gatherings. That shows how serious he is in his gubernatorial bid,” a relative said.
During a testimonial dinner tendered by the UP Law Alumni Association in honor of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last Sept. 14 at the Manila Polo Club, Angara was introduced as the “future governor of Aurora” by the program emcee, lawyer Ma. Celia Fernandez-Estavillo, his former senatorial chief of staff.
Meanwhile, the senator has been elected as one of the vice presidents of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) during its ongoing Biennial Leaders’ Meeting in
Angara, who is currently in
The meeting was attended by several key world leaders led by CDI president Giorgio Napolitano, the President of Italy, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.
The CDI, previously known as the Christian Democratic International, was founded in 1961 as an alliance of democratic political parties with membership in 62 countries.
Angara said the
Aside from him, elected vice presidents were
Before returning to
“The CDI is highly respected across the world. To be elected to a key position in this institution is a distinct honor for me,” he said.
“By linking with like-minded political organizations in other countries, the LDP hopes to strengthen its position as a truly platform-driven political party,” the senator added.
The LDP recently joined the ruling Liberal Party as part of its coalition for the 2013 mid-term elections.
The senator said he and the LDP’s “adhesion to the CDI is a strong statement on the commitment of the LDP to work for political party reform and provide strong leadership in promoting democracy and liberty in the Philippines and in Asia.”
“One major factor that makes our political parties weak is their dependency on personalities rather than issues and political platforms,” he said.
“Political parties ought to advocate for clear-cut programs which can define their organization and its members. Only then will people start trusting political parties and not view them as mere vehicles for personal power,” he added.