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Goodbye PDP: Andaya runs for CamSur gov under NPC

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Majority Floor Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. on Tuesday formally left the ruling administration party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) after filing his candidacy as governor of Camarines Sur under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Andaya filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the provincial COMELEC office in Pili town around past 4 p.m.

The House official reportedly bolted the ruling PDP Laban since his main rival, incumbent Governor Luis Miguel Villafuerte, is the party’s provincial chairman in Camarines Sur.

Villafuerte’s father, second district Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, is a staunch political nemesis of Andaya.

Andaya and Villafuerte almost triggered a near brawl last September 17 during an “all-member caucus” in the House of Representatives after the latter refused to heed on the former’s proposal to realign the more than P51.7 billion “parked insertions” allegedly initiated by the previous House leadership under former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The elder Villafuerte accused Andaya of harassment after he was called a “coward” and a “faggot” in local dialect by the House official.

Last April, another scuffle erupted between the two legislators after Andaya challenged Villafuerte to a fist fight while inside a police station in Pili.

Andaya explained that he was leading a protest of Pili residents against Villafuerte who allegedly harassed them by dumping truckloads of soil in their area.

Meanwhile, Provincial Board Member Russel Bañez will be Andaya’s running mate in next year’s local elections.

Andaya earlier claimed that he is supported by his fellow province mate, Vice President Leni Robredo and his boss in the lower house, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.