Cabalens ready to back Noynoy

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO —  A survey conducted by the local government here has revealed that the almost solid support Kapampangans held for their “cabalen” Pres.Arroyo has shifted for Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.

    “Nonoy is a fellow Kampangan. We will be honored again if he wins the presidency because that will mean having another ‘kabalen’ as president immediately after Pres. Arroyo,” said former Lakas party stalwart Mayor Oscar Rodriguez who recently joined the LP in his bid for reelection.

    Gov. Eddie Panlilio, who is also seeking reelection under LP, had initially urged Rodriguez to run for governor. It was at this time that Rodriguez initiated the conduct of a provincewide survey on people’s choice for governor, as well as their preference for president in next year’s elections.

    “The survey showed 47 percent for Noynoy and only 19 percent for (Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manuel) Villar,” Rodriguez said at a press conference here over the weekend.

    Rodriguez said he expected the support for Aquino to swell even further as more Kapampangans realize Aquino’s Kapampangan roots.

    He described Aquino as “a true blooded Kapampangan who speaks fluent Pampango”, as he declined to compare Aquino’s mastery of the Pampanga dialect with that of Pres. Arroyo.

    Most Pampanga folk are aware of the fractured Kapampangan of Mrs. Arroyo in her extemporaneous public speeches during her sorties to various parts of this province. Some words she uses have been described to be “unintelligible” to her local audience.

    “Imagine the opportunity Kapampangans would lose if Noynoy doesn’t win,” Rodriguez said, as he expressed confidence that Pampanga would be a major beneficiary of an Aquino administration, just as it has been benefitted by the Arroyo presidency.

    The Aquinos have roots in Concepcion, Tarlac where Aquino’s father, the late Sen.Benigno Aquino Jr. had been mayor. Concepcion is in the Kapampangan-speaking southern section of Tarlac and used to be a part of Pampanga.

    Rodriquez has been close to the family of the late Pres. Corazon Aquino. He was also one of the House prosecutors in the Senate plunder trial of former Pres. Estrada and had played a key role in Estrada’s conviction for plunder after he paved the way for the entry of star witness Clarissa Ocampo, a banker who claimed she saw Estrada signing bank documents in the name of Jose Velarde.


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