Luigi, Migz skip PPCRV forums

By Mark A. Gomez


Team One CamSur gubernatorial candidate Vicenzo Renato “Luigi” R. Villafuerte and his elder brother 5th District congressional aspirant, ex-Governor Miguel Luis “Migz” R. Villafuerte, did not participate in the political forums sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on March 17 & 18 that was aired live on radio and the facebook page of the as Archdiocese of Caceres from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


In an Interview, Sister Judy Zamar, program director of Radio Caritas Marie, said that they exerted earnest efforts to invite the Villafuerte brothers.


Luigi said he could not attend the activity due to tight schedule. In the case of Migz he did not respond to the invitation until the expiration of deadline last March 14, Zamar said.


The final list of candidates who signified their participation in the forum was released by PPCRV on Monday, March 14.


The first forum for mayoral candidates in Naga City already took place on March 16. The forum for 3rd District congressional aspirants will happen on March 21. Candidates who already manifested to join the forum are: Gabriel Bordado; Jose Cadiz ; Noel De Luna; Pito Tria; and Cho Roco.


For the 4th and 5th District congressional aspirants, set on March 17, the participants were: Tony Chavez; Arnie Fuentebella; and Madel Alfelor, respectively.


Alfelor was the only 5th district congressional candidate who showed up during the event. For the gubernatorial forum set on March 18, only Rolando Andaya and Imelda Papin attended the political forum.


Aside from the Villafuerte brothers, other candidates who did not participate in the event are gubernatorial aspirants Ireneo Bongat Jr. and Richard Cabal.


1st and 2nd Districts congressional aspirants were not included in the forum due to issue on jurisdiction.


The objectives of the forum were: to be able to hold candidates accountable, if elected, for the pronouncements made during the forum, and to elicit from the candidates their views, stand and plans regarding the key issues affecting Naga City and the province of Camarines Sur, as well as assist voters make an enlightened decision as they elect candidates for local positions.