CEBU CITY (UPDATED) - Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama of Cebu City formally announced his intention to leave the Liberal Party (LP).
The statement was made in a press conference on Sunday morning.
Rama will instead be joining Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Rama got to talk to Binay during the wedding of the son of former Senator Ernesto Herrera last night in Cebu City.
His party mates from the Team Rama joined him as he divulged plans to cut ties from LP.
Joining Team Rama is his cousin and talent manager Anabelle Rama, who is running for Cebu Representative. She is under the banner of former President Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP). PMP caolesced with Binay's PDP-Laban to form UNA.
Rama clarified that despite this decision to leave LP, his utmost support to President Benigno Aquino III’s reforms remain intact.
In an earlier letter sent to Aquino, Rama expressed his intention of becoming an official candidate of LP for the 2013 mid-term elections. He is now eyeing for a re-election.
Rama admitted, however, that he has not received any feedback. The city mayor doesn't want to prolong the agony of waiting especially since this week is scheduled for the filing of the certificates of candidacy. Hence, his decision to leave LP.
In a related development, the LP has issued a certificate of nomination to former Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña.
Rama has yet to issue a statement on his next course of action.
Despite the pronouncement of Mayor Rama, the administration party has gained support from politicians of the 5th district of Cebu.
Last friday, the Bakud Party-list has formally introduced their candidates for the upcoming elections. Bakud is now in alliance with the LP.
It is spearheaded by Atty. Hilario Davide III, son of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.
Atty. Davide himself is aiming for a gubernatorial seat. He’s up against incumbent Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia's brother and 3rd district congressman Pablo John Garcia.
Atty. Davide also ran in the 2010 national elections, but lost to the incumbent governor.