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Calipusan gets LP seat for 3rd district

The 3rd congressional district has the most number of interested personalities to run for congressman under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

During the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III last Wednesday, there were  still three probables for the slot of congressman under LP, namely, Loboc Mayor Leon Calipusan, former DepED Supt. Elpidio Jala and Manila based businessman Angelo Balili. All three were present at the Bohol Cultural Center where they took their oath of party membership.


Just before deadline last night, the Chronicle received a report from Manila that Calipusan was to be issued the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance  (CONA) by the ruling party.

LP Executive Director Gladys Santarita informed the Loboc mayor that his CONA signed by LP President Mar Roxas was issued by the party national headquarters.

When contacted for comments, Calipusan confirmed receiving said call from the LP executive director past noontime yesterday regarding his CONA.  The last termer Loboc mayor has been visible in the district during the past months.

Political observers noted that Calipusan could put up a good fight against Rep. Arthur Yap with his track record as a performing mayor of Loboc, a town that has become a major tourist destination. The modern docking port at the famous Loboc Floating Restaurant is one of Calipusan's premier project while the town lately opened its eco-adventure tour. His upcoming project is the opening of a college in his hometown.

The report on the issuance of a CONA to Calipusan ended speculations that Balili who was the "dark horse" in the selection  process would receive the CONA after his name was endorsed directly to Malacanang.

At the Bohol Cultural Center, Balili told the Chronicle that he was wanting the chance to talk with Pres, Aquino to articulate his advocacy for clean governance to jibe with Aquino's "daang matuwid" program. In fact, the successful Boholano businessman based in Manila insinuated on the possibility of running as an independent bet in order not to be indebted to any  political personalities here.

"How could I objectively run this advocacy if I will be indebted to several people," Balili raised this concern even as  he admitted that a Palace intermediary asked him to grab the slot as a congressional bet for Bohol's third district. However, Balilli said that "nothing is yet definite on this congressional plan."

For his part, Jala, brother of former Rep. Eladio Jala was likewise submitted to LP Manila as one of the probable congressional bets.  However, as of presstime last night, the Chronicle learned that Jala,  a former DepEd superintendent, was already drafted as one of those to file a COC for provincial board member under Gov. Chatto'a line-up.

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