2022 Philippine Elections

Iloilo congressman goes against his party’s choice, endorses Robredo

Joseph B.A. Marzan
Iloilo congressman goes against his party’s choice, endorses Robredo

FILE PHOTO: Iloilo 2nd District Representative Michael Gorriceta

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Iloilo 2nd district Representative Michael Gorriceta endorses Vice President Leni Robredo, disregarding the preferred candidate of his Nacionalista Party

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Iloilo 2nd district Representative Michael Gorriceta on Friday, March 11, joined the chorus of politicians in Iloilo province endorsing Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a statement published on his Facebook page, Gorriceta cited the close friendship between his father, the late former Representative Arcadio Gorriceta, and Liberal Party stalwart Senator Franklin Drilon, as well as his personal experience with Robredo.

“[Drilon’s] great tandem with my father, the late Former Cong. Arcadio H. Gorriceta has made the 2nd District of Iloilo a haven of growth and development which the people continue to enjoy up to this very day. And so, we need somebody who will embrace Iloilo as if her own and will put preferential consideration and dedication to its people,” the lawmaker said in his statement.

“My father would speak fondly of VP Len’s sincere and genuine character as colleagues in the 16th Congress. I have personally witnessed her compassion and selfless love as she responds to the needs of the people most especially in times of pandemic and calamities,” he added.

He also alluded to Robredo’s “inspiring” character, saying that it was what the country needed at this time.

“As we emerge from the scars brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and international political crisis, we need a leader who will inspire solidarity, cooperation and volunteerism among Filipinos across divides, a leader who can bring out the best of servant leadership, integrity, competence, sincerity and love for others especially the less-privileged,” he said.

Gorriceta previously told local media in February that he was “torn” between endorsing Robredo, citing his closeness to Drilon, and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who was endorsed by the Nacionalista Party (NP) where he belonged.

Rappler has reached out to former 4th district representative and NP Iloilo provincial chair Ferj Biron for comment, but he has yet to respond as of this writing.

Iloilo’s 2nd district includes the municipalities of Alimodian, Leganes, Leon, New Lucena, Pavia, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, and Zarraga. These towns comprise a total of 222,230 votes based on Comelec data as of November 11, 2021. —Rappler.com