Puno quits veep race: eyes concurrent DND-DILG Post
October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Saying he’s fed up with politics, DILG secretary Ronnie Puno formally announced his withdrawal from the vice presidential race. The man whom Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago accused of being an election operator made the announcement before members of the media and some PNP officials in Camp Crame. Puno says he will just devote his remaining time as DILG secretary and help Mrs. Arroyo in her last remaining months as president.
Puno has not yet shared his decision with members of LAKAS-KAMPI, which drafted him initially some weeks ago as its official vice-presidential bet. Some believe that Puno’s decision was in anticipation to the expected resignation of Defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro two weeks from now and the resignation of DPWH secretary Hermogenes Ebdane who is reportedly serious in his presidential bid.
Puno, some say, has been offered the job to be vacated by Teodoro before November 12, the expected national party convention of the administration party.
Some believe that Puno abandoned his bid because the administration party is fast losing local government support. Many pro-Arroyo officials are abandoning the administration party and shifting to either Liberal Party or the Nacionalista Party of Manny Villar.
Likewise, the expected resignation of Teodoro would open the government to a very vulnerable position since there is no one left strong enough to neutralize attacks against it coming from both the opposition and insurgent groups.