Gibo quits as Lakas-Kampi chair

By DateLine Philippines

Gilbert Teodoro Jr. has resigned as chairman of the Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-Kampi), but will remain the standard-bearer of the administration party.

In a letter sent to the national executive committee of the party, Toeodor said he wanted to do away with attending to the needs of Lakas-Kampi members and focus on his presidential campaign.

“Effective immediately I am resigning as chairman of our party so that I can focus all my efforts campaigning for the presidency of the country as the official candidate of Lakas Kampi CMD,” he said in his letter. “The party needs at this time a full time chairman who will be able to respond on a 24/7 basis to the needs of our party candidates running for various elective posts this coming elections.”

Reggie Velasco, Lakas-Kampi deputy secretary general said being an ordinary party member would free Teodoro to campaign, instead of attending to party matters.

“We have 18,000 candidates and most of them want to have a meeting with him for their campaign requirements. It’s a 24/7 thing, which he could no longer attend (to),” Velasco said in a phone interview.

Velasco said the Lakas-Kampi national executive committee will meet to discuss Teodoro’s replacement after the Holy Week.

Teodoro has lagged in fourth place is various presidential surveys, but his camp says they are banking on the support of local candidates to deliver the votes for him in the May 10 elections.

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