‎Cracks appear in LP Misamis Oriental: Unabia junks Guingona in Gingoog City

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GINGOOG CITY – The Liberal Party (LP) in Misamis Oriental was cast into disarray when its provincial chapter head has thrown his full support to the mayoral candidate of the Padayon Pilipino (PDP) in this city.

Misamis Oriental (1st District)Rep. Peter Unabia, the provincial LP chair, endorsed the campaign of Vice Mayor Erick Cañosa to unseat re-electionist Mayor Marie Guingona in a rally at the Gingoog City Grandstand on April 15.

Cañosa is under the wing of the PDP, an affiliate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) headed by Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano.

Guingona is a sister of LP Senator Teofisto Guingona III. The mayor’s running mate is their mother, Ruth de Lara-Guingona, a former governor and herself an ex-mayor of the city.

“From this day on until the end of the campaign period, I fully support Cañosa for mayor of this city and his slate. This is the line up that will bring progress to Gingoog,” Unabia said during the rally.

The Guingona family has held sway in Misamis Oriental because of their political hold on vote-rich Gingoog, a component city with close to 75,000 of the province’s 558,000 voters.
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Rep. Unabia, who is campaigning hard for the candidacy for Mar Roxas in the province has in recent weeks alienated LP allies from the National Unity Party (NUP) led by gubernatorial candidate Julio Uy and Misamis Oriental (2nd District) Rep. Juliette Uy – who are also closely associated with the Guingona family.

According to political operators in the province, Sen. Guingona is rumoured to be seething mad and plans to call a meeting with all of the province’s LP mayors and mayoralty candidates in the coming days.