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Batanes guv recounts LP snub; he’s now with UNA

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Batanes Governor Vicente Gato’s move from the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to the opposition was preceded by a cold-blooded “snub” three years ago from the ruling party.

“Hindi nila ako kinuhang governor nila noong 2013. Kamag-anak ko ang kinuha. Ikinampanya ko pa. Pero ako ang nanalo,” he told media before his oath taking with the Vice President Jejomar Binay-led United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Monday.

Before LP chose his relative over him as gubernatorial bet, Gato said that he was loyal to the LP . In fact, he claimed to have been a member of the party since time immemorial.

“I was Liberal Party (LP) ever since, pati mga lolo namin. First time I’m making the jump,” the politiko said.

Gato said he considered himself an independent candidate after he was “disowned” in 2013. Now, he has formally joined UNA and in effect chose Binay over LP standard bearer Mar Roxas.

“Sec. Roxas is a good person. Madalas ako sumasama na kumakain sa bahay nila. Pero dito ang gusto namin. We believe that the VP is a humble person, good person at yung programa niya makataong bayan,” he noted. (Randy K. Ortega)

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