Noynoy’s Girlfriend Quits Lakas, Joins LP - MST

Call it osmosis or adhesion, Senator Benigno Aquino III’s girlfriend, Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad, resigned on Tuesday her Lakas membership, looking forward to being sworn in to the Liberal Party.

Her political adviser Ramon Soledad made the disclosure to Standard Today on Friday night at his printing shop in MacArthur near Fatima School.

Last February, aside from Shalani, Vice Mayor Eric Martinez, councilor Gerry Esplana, SK chairman Mark Espiritu, village councilors Martell Soledad, Catherine Martinez joined Nationalist People’s Coalition, the party of Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.

Mon, as he is known to close friends, said Shalani had not pledged herself to NPC as being circulated.

“Lakas lang talaga ang naging partido ni Konsehala [Shalani]. For sure, maiintindihan naman ni Mayor Sherwin ang naging desisyon ni Lans [Lakas was her only party. Mayor Sherwin will surely understand her decision].”

Shalani is expected to announce today what position she’d pursue, although only non-Valenzuelans are yet to know that Gatchalian was grooming her to unseat Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo of the city’s second district.

The musical chairs continue their round as Shalani exits, Gunigundo signs up with Lakas-Kampi-CMD effective Oct. 7.

A headquarters located on MacArthur Highway in Barangay Karuhatan is being rushed for the Liberal Party in a building of businessman Carlos Lee who extended the use of the second floor up to the fifth; ground level is being leased to a bank.

Tarpaulins are ready for mounting showing Noynoy and his vice-presidential aspirant, Senator Mar Roxas.

Mon also said that niece Shalani was not taking advantage of the boyfriend’s fame.

“If you will review from the start, Lans was not even noticed during former President Cory’s wake. Naging interesado lang media sa kanya when Kris Aquino requested his brother Noynoy not to get married yet,” he said in Filipino.

“It was then that the media became curious and started reviewing all their footages and encircled Lans from the shots,” he added. “I understand it’s a normal reaction, pero hindi nakiki-ride si konsehala sa fame ni Noynoy.”

He said Shalani was trying to help Noynoy to corner votes from Valenzuela and Bicol, particularly her home town Catanduanes.

by Gigi Muñoz David
Source: Manila Standard Today - 16 November 2009

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