‘Political butterfly’ Evardone says PRRD about to endorse Ka Leni as PDP-Laban’s bet

‘Political butterfly’ Evardone says PRRD about to endorse Ka Leni as PDP-Laban’s bet

MANILA — He was once tagged by then Sen. Loren Legarda as “political butterfly” owing to his nasty and masterly habit of hopping from one president to another, from one political party to another, so on and so forth.

He is no other than Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, a former news reporter, editor-in-chief of UE’s school organ “Dawn,” and student activist par excellance.

It may be recalled that during the filing of candidacy for national candidates last October 2021, he was caught by a certain lensman taking a selfie with Sen. Bong Go right outside the Comelec building in Intramuros shortly after the latter filed his COC as PDP-Laban’s bet for vice president.

But then, Sen. BG also withdrew his candidacy soon after President Duterte did the same for his senatorial shot, as did Sen. Bato dela Rosa pull out his COC as PDP-Laban’s standard-bearer although many believed as nothing but a placeholder COC for the party.

But like loyal soldiers, PDP-Laban’s bet for senator stayed but not Evardone, their spokesman (Cusi wing), as he seemingly sensed that the party, like a petal with nothing much of a nectar (money) to siphon off, conveniently flew away to Ka Leni’s arms.

He is also spreading fake news now in the province of Eastern Samar that soon PRRD, who, only a few days ago divulged Robredo’s “unholy alliance” with Reds, would endorse Ka Leni as PDP-Laban’s bet?

Would you bet on Evardone’s statement?

So we fact-checked.

FACT CHECK: President Rodrido Roa Duterte endorses Leni Robredo.

On March 14, 2022, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has endorsed presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

In a press statement, picked up by GMA News Online and other media outfits, Evardone arrived at this claim after Duterte, in an interview with Apollo Quiboloy over TV station Sonshine Media Network International, said, “You must be decisive . . . I did not say that it’s the best quality, but one of the good qualities of a president, hopefully, a lawyer.”

For Evardone, Duterte’s remark was already a “virtual endorsement of Vice President Leni Robredo.”

Is Evardone’s claim to be believed or not?

Is it TRUE or FALSE?

Rating: MISLEADING

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the PDP-Laban Party’s Cusi wing leader, claimed the Chief Executive was not referring to anyone when he stated his successor should be a lawyer with compassion.

“He’s talking about certain qualities of a would-be president na kailangan ganoon… Katulad din po ‘yun ng sinabi na ang susunod na presidente kailangan may letter O (It’s like the statement that the next president should have a letter O on his name),” Cusi told CNN Philippines.

“I think that qualities, ‘di naman makita sa isang tao (you cannot see that in one candidate). I mean the present candidate sino ba ‘yung lawyer na naging mayor (who among the candidates was a lawyer who eventually became a mayor), compassionate, putting it all together parang no individual would have that kind of quality,” he added.

“I think he was not referring to anybody, but it is parang, kung sana, kung siya ang… kung sana ito ang gusto ko … parang wish list … (I think he was not referring to anybody, it’s just his preference, like a wish list),” Cusi said.

The Cusi wing has yet to support a candidate for president in the upcoming elections. Cusi stated that they are concentrating on their senate candidates and their local governance program.

Melvin Matibag, secretary general of the PDP-Laban Cusi group, said in a separate statement: Evardone’s endorsement of Robredo is his personal choice and not of the entire party.

“We respect Gov. Evardone’s personal choice but, again, we reiterate — PDP Laban will support the candidate who will embrace and continue the party’s 11-point agenda, which encapsulates the successful programs of the Duterte administration,” he added..

Link source:

GMA :https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/824967/did-duterte-endorse-leni-for-presidency-pdp-laban-execs-differ/story/?fbclid=IwAR1EtS8egU8Bv9v6oZxmYjN5zH2RigTfMyJTGtBmboVRUkQ3RKwR-hWW48Y

CNN: https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/3/14/PDP-Laban-Evardone-Robredo-Duterte-endorsement.html?fbclid=IwAR0AsD7v5lmhlwStgxI9NZsBJ5E27PimddH5ftWxdsMhuwArnoPIOo9euTM

“WE FACT CHECK THE FACT-CHECKERS WHEN THEY FUCK UP.”

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