Fuentebella, Villafuerte vow support for Binay

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Luis Villafuerte, Arnulfo Fuentebella, and Vice President Jejomar Binay (center)

Camarines Sur (CNN Philippines) — Camarines Sur political kingpins former House Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella and former Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte bonded for the first time on Thursday (October 29) to ensure that Vice President Jejomar Binay will win the 2016 presidential elections.

Asked how they can make Binay win in the province, Villafuerte said that his clan, the Fuentebellas, Alfelors, and Rocos of Camarines Sur, who were once political rivals, have joined forces to support Binay's presidential bid.

"First time in the province of Camarines Sur, the Fuentebellas, Villafuertes, Alfelors, and the Rocos, we were never together before. But now we stand behind President Jojo Binay. That is one very important factor why he will win in Camarines Sur," he said.

Fuentebella added, "If you notice our presence here, Cong. Louie, myself, and other known politicians here in Camarines Sur, you can already conclude that the Binay presidency will be very strong come 2016 elections."

Villafuerte said unlike the Liberal Party who he said has a few candidates in Camarines Sur, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is well-organized and will be fielding a number of candidates in all of the municipalities in the province.

In the 2010 vice presidential elections, Binay lost to Liberal Party bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas III by a little less than 40,000 votes. Roxas is also running for president in the 2016 elections.

As of the 2013 elections, Camarines Sur has almost one million registered voters.

When asked what Binay can deliver to Camarines Sur if he becomes president, the Vice President vowed to develop the Bicol Express railway system, build a new airport, ensure ample supply of water, and address climate change.

Binay, together with UNA's senatorial bets labor lawyer Allan Montaño, broadcaster Rey Langit, Sulu Sultanate's Princess Jacel Kiram, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, and former PNP-SAF Chief Getulio Napenas, and UNA local leaders attended Fuentebella's 70th birthday celebration in the province.

During the celebration, Binay couldn't help but criticize the Aquino administration — particularly on its underspending so that the savings may be used for the elections.