Will the rabid anti-communist Jun Alcover, representative of the ANAD partylist, continue to support the mayoral bid of Speaker Prospero Nograles, who has now aligned with NP presidential bet Senator Manny Villar whom ANAD earlier accused of helping communists penetrate the government?
Will Alcover’s partner in the campaign bench of the Speaker, retired general Jovito Palparan of Bantay partylist, continue to support a candidate now honeymooning with a presidential candidate leaning towards insurgents?
Last year as Villar announced he is running for the presidency in the 2010 elections, ANAD warned that Villar had joined a congress of the Nationalist Peoples Alliance (NPA) which had as members Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and other partylist representatives perceived as left-leaning. Alcover said the congress of the NPA, which he suspected would be among the vehicles to be used by Villar in his presidential bid, was addressed in video conference by no less than Europe-based Jose Maria Sison, the chief consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the umbrella of communist organizations in the country.
Ocampo and Lisa Maza of Gabriela, also perceived as left-leaning, are in the senatorial line-up of Villar.
Alcover warned that in the event Villar wins the presidency, communist partylist congressmen would control Congress. With a debt to pay, Villar would also let into the executive department communists whose ultimate goal is to take over government.
Alcover and Palparan have openly declared their support of Nograles who is running against Vice Mayor Sara Duterte in the mayoral race.
One of their campaign line is that they are supporting Nograles because Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Vice Mayor Duterte’s father who is running for vice mayor in this election, has been conniving with the communists that led to the growing strength of the New People’s Army.
Last week, Nograles announced that he is bolting out of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD to joiin Villar’s NP. Nograles’ move was sparked by the appointment of Madeline “Bebot” Dizon-Marfori, who is said to be supporting the Dutertes, as campaign manager in Davao City.
While Nograles backtracked from his plan and has remained with the administration party, he has also announced that he is supporting Villar and not Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, the administration presidential bet, who appointed Dizon-Marfori.
Sources close to ANAD and BANTAY said the issue of Nograles teaming up with Villar is a serious political issue that should push Alcover and Palparan to junk Nograles.
We are anti-communists and there is no logic in ANAD and BANTAY supporting Nograles who is supporting Villar who has been documented as a member of the NPA, a vehicle inspired no less by Joma Sison, said the sources, who declined to be identified.
The sources said they would discuss Nograles’ team-up with Villar with Alcover and Palparan, foreseeing that ANAD and Bantay would eventually abandon Nograles for supporting a presidential candidate whose agenda is to let in communists into the government.