Jalosjos leaves VP Binay for Poe-Chiz PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015 13:09

Vice President Jejomar Binay lost a supporter Thursday after former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos expressed support to the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero in the 2016 elections.

In an interview with reporters before the start of the program where Poe and Escudero formally announced their tandem, Jalosjos said he would be a “traitor” if he would not support the two, especially Poe, noting her closeness with her parents.

“I cannot turn my back on Grace, her family is very close to us, the father FPJ (Fernando Poe Jr.), mother Susan, and Grace herself. I will be a traitor if I turn my back on her,” GMA News quoted Jalosjos as saying.

“I can never turn my back on showbiz, my life is showbiz. The one feeding my family comes from showbiz, Eat Bulaga!. Especially the father of Grace is Fernando Poe Jr., who was our actor before in our TV show ‘Kamao’,” he said.

Jalosjos’ company, Production Specialists, Inc., created Eat Bulaga! in the late Seventies.

The erstwhile congressman said he already relayed his decision to Binay. “He was in Dipolog and I talked to him. He asked for my support and I told him I cannot [support him],” he said.

Jalosjos said he supported Binay’s vice presidential bid in 2010, but he backed Poe and Escudero in the 2013 senatorial elections.

Workers for Poe-Chiz?

Meanwhile, former Partido Manggagawa party-list Rep. Renato Magtubo is confident Poe and Escudero would most likely get the support of ordinary workers.

“Malakas ang impresyon ng masa sa kanila kasi ang kanilang pananalita, ang kanilang nilatag ay malapit sa pangangailangan. Lamang sila sa tutuo lang sa mga miyembro namin,” he told GMA News Online.

Magtubo said he attended Thursday’s gathering at Club Filipino in San Juan City because he was invited, but their party-list has yet to make an official stand on who they will support in 2016.

“Pinag-aaralan pa namin ang deklarasyon nila,” he said.

He said he also believes Poe and Escudero can get the support of citizens from various social classes.