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THE REPORTED feud between Team Unity members Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and Michael Defensor seems to be heating up after Singson said several Ilocano associations would not include Defensor on their sample ballots. Here's an excerpt from the Philippine Daily Inquirer article:
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur -- Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, a candidate for senator in the administration's Team Unity, said Saturday a group of Ilocano associations will not be including another TU candidate, Michael Defensor, on sample ballots that it will be distributing.
Singson and Defensor are reportedly feuding because Defensor had allegedly suggested that Singson give up his TU slot in favor of indicted coup plotter Gregorio Honasan, an independent senatorial candidate, because the governor was doing poorly in the pre-election surveys. Singson said the Confederation of Ilocano Associations (CIA), which boasts 2.3 million members nationwide, would drop Defensor's name from their sample ballot.So, what do you think will be the outcome of this "feud"? Will they kiss and make up in time?
ON SUNDAY, the day off for most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong, Defensor and Zubiri went to the former crown colony Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å""not to campaign" but to inform OFWs there of their accomplishments.My golly, how do you call that? Social Studies? Or Arts and Sciences? Or rather Math lessons? Or what else.. Current Events? They should be barred! -- Antonio Costales, San Fernando City, La Union (via e-mail)
FOR Michael Defensor: Here in New Zealand, we are very proud about you, mate. You did a very good job the previous year, and you have very firm principles. I hope most of the Filipinos in the Philippines will support you. Mike, we pray for you to win in the coming elections. Your loyalty to the President is very impressive. Job well done. Good luck, Mike, and all the best. -- ISIDRO SARMIENTO, 7/81 Lake Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand (via e-mail) Related Video: Here's behind-the-scenes footage from the Defensor podcast recording session taken by INQUIRER.net gaming and multimedia editor Joey Alarilla for INQUIRER.net Videos.