BUHI, Camarines Sur — Some 200 local leaders coming from this town‘s 38 barangays expressed their intentions to join the administration’s party before Liberal Party (LP) Rinconada area coordinator Edcel Dimaiwat and LP legal counsel Celeste Lauta during a meeting Tuesday (Aug.31) at the residence of Buhi ex-mayor Diones Belza at Barangay Sagrada here.
Dimaiwat announced during the meeting that “The LP provincial leaders choose Belza to lead LP in Buhi due to his credibility, integrity and track records. We believe in the LP, that Mayor Belza can lead the party and will carry the programs and advocacy of President Noynoy Aquino towards a better Buhi and a better Philippines.”
“If there is a barangay elections comes October 2010 and our candidates win, all your requests and concerns will be directly forwarded to P-Noy upon the recommendation of the local party chairman. DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo will establish an office in Naga to facilitate said request,” “Dimaiwat told the local leaders.
For his part, Belza said that “I humbly accept the responsibility, and will work with LP to protect the interest of my leaders and the people of Buhi as well. Our shared vision for Buhi and the country will be pursued, and let’s start organizing to prepare for the Barangay Elections and future community works.”
Elected to compose Buhi’s LP directorate were: Diones Belza, chairman; Municipal Councilor Salvacion Salamanque, vice chairman; Erwin Villadares, secretary, and former town councilor Zoilo W. Haber, treasurer. Eight party coordinators will be chosen by Belza to represent the eight sectors of Buhi.
Six incumbent punong barangays, namely: Edgar Luz (Amlongan); Tito Cleofe (Burocbusoc); Rodrigo Sumalabe (San Jose Baybayon); Marlon Tabalde (De La Fe); Nazario Echipare (Monte Calvario) and Alejo Noblefranca (Ibayugan) and several aspirants for barangay posts left Lakas-Kampi and joined Belza and the LP.