KBL leadership affirms support for BBM; charges mulled against usurpers

17 April 2022

THE national leadership of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) on Saturday upheld its support for the candidacy of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr.,even as they dispelled reports that some members in its Baguio chapter have shifted their allegiance to another candidate .

In a press conference in Baguio City, KBL Vice President for Luzon Chris Garrido read the party's official statement, saying that there is no truth to the reported withdrawal of support from its Baguio chapter members. 

"This is to inform the public that there is no truth to the publicized withdrawal of support of the KBL members in Baguio City. We want to assure you that our officers and members are fully in support of BBM," a portion of the statement signed by KBL National President Efren A Rafanan Sr. read.

Last Wednesday, (April 13), a group of KBL-Baguio Benguet officers were invited to a private residence lunch meeting and asked to bring their appointment papers by a fellow party official. 

Several officers who attended the Wednesday event explained to the media members that they were kept in the dark about the reason for the meeting.

After entering the venue, the group said that the gates were closed behind them, and media members streamed in, taking photos and videos.

They added that they felt helpless as a tarpaulin bearing the image of Isko Domagoso was unfurled behind them while they were raising their KBL appointment papers.

"Nakisakay na lang kami dahil wala na kaming magawa at sumunod na lang sa kanila,” the group said.

The group also showed a T-shirt, ID sling, and a pack of rice given to them by the event organizer they identified as Aries Mendoza.

According to Rafanan, an initial investigation conducted by Chris Garrido, the party's vice president for Luzon, revealed a nationwide effort from the camp of presidential candidate Isko Domagoso to "present a scenario" where Marcos supporters are backing out and switching to Domagoso.

Rafanan added that Domagoso's move is "a desperate attempt" to show an artificial increase in the number of his supporters and prevent the irreversible victory of BBM in this coming election.

Rafanan also said that the KBL leadership is mulling the filing of charges against the individuals responsible for the "frame up" and "vote buying" directed at their members.

Rafanan added that Domagoso's move is a "desperate attempt" to show an artificial increase in his supporters' number and prevent the irreversible victory of BBM in this coming election.

"We appeal to our supporters to be in tact and vigilant, as there are DIVIDE AND RULE, and DEMOLITION Strategy being undertaken by opposing parties and individuals to thwart the imminent LANDSLIDE victory of BBM and SARA and the UNITEAM," Rafanan added.

"Our apology to the concerned BBM supporters and the public of the delay of this statement as everybody are very busy in the observance of the HOLY WEEK.

Thank You and Keep on Praying for a Clean, Peaceful and Honest Election," Rafanan stressed.

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FILIPINO VERSION

SUPORTA NG KBL KAY BBM SOLIDO AT HINDI MAGBABAGO

TINIYAK ng pamunuan ng Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) na solido at hindi magbabago ang kanilang suporta kay presidential frontrunner Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr., kasabay ng pagbibigay-linaw na walang katotohanang inabandona na ito ng iba nilang miyembro, partikular na ang mga nasa Baguio chapter.

Sa pulong pambalitaan na ginanap sa lungsod nitong nakalipas na Sabado, binasa ni KBL vice president for Luzon Chris Garrido ang opisyal na pahayag ng kanilang partido.

Pinabulaanan nito ang mga naglabasang ulat na ilan sa kanilang Baguio chapter members ay inabandona na ang kandidatura ni Marcos.

"This is to inform the public that there is no truth to the publicized withdrawal of support of the KBL members in Baguio City. We want to assure you that our officers and members are fully in support of BBM," ilan sa bahagi ng pahayag na nilagdaan mismo ni KBL National President Efren A Rafanan Sr.

Nabatid na nitong nagdaang Miyerkules (April 13), ilang opisyal ng KBL-Baguio Benguet ang inimbitahan para sa isang salo-salo kung saan ay sinabihan silang magdala ng appointment papers ng ilang kasamahan sa partido.

Sinabi ng ilang opisyal na karamihan sa kanya ay hindi sinabihan kung anong uri ng pagpupulong ang kanilang dinaluhan..

Nang makapasok sa lugar ay nagulat sila dahil marami nang media ang kumukuha sa kanila ng video at larawan at hindi na rin nila makuhang makalabas dahil nakasara na ang gate ng gusali.

Nabigla umano sila rito at walang nagawa, lalo nang ipangalandakan sa kanila ang ilang tarpaulin ni Isko Moreno.

"Nakisakay na lang kami dahil wala na kaming magawa at sumunod na lang sa kanila,” anang grupo.

Isang organizer na nagngangalang Aries Mendoza ang tinukoy ng naturang grupo na binigyan din ng t-shirt, ID sling, at bigas.

Ayon kay Rafanan, base sa inisyal na imbestigasyon na ginawa ni Chris Garrido, kumikilos ang kampo ni Moreno upang gapangin ang karamihan sa miyembro ng KBL na suportahan ang alkalde ng Maynila.

Tinawag ni Rafanan na isang desperdong aksiyon ang ginawa ng kampo ni Moreno, lalo’t pati sila ay gumagamit na rin ng pamemeke sa dami ng bilang ng kanilang supporters.

Idinagdag nito na ang pamunuan ng KBL ay nagpaplanong magsampa ng kaukulang kaso laban sa ilang organizers ni Moreno na hayagan kung i- frame up at mamili ng boto sa kanilang mga miyembro.

"We appeal to our supporters to be in tact and vigilant, as there are DIVIDE AND RULE, and DEMOLITION Strategy being undertaken by opposing parties and individuals to thwart the imminent LANDSLIDE victory of BBM and SARA and the UNITEAM," ani Rafanan.

"Our apology to the concerned BBM supporters and the public of the delay of this statement as everybody are very busy in the observance of the HOLY WEEK.Thank You and Keep on Praying for a Clean, Peaceful and Honest Election," pagbibigay-diin pa ni Rafanan.

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