Thursday, March 4, 2010

Next CAAP Director General????

Airport chief quits Mindoro congressional race

MANILA, Philippines -- Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Alfonso Cusi withdrew his candidacy as congressman for the second district of Oriental Mindoro.
In a statement sent to media outfits, Cusi said, “After close consultations with our constituents in Oriental Mindoro, our colleagues at the MIAA and my family, and deep soul-searching and personal reflection, we have decided to withdraw our candidacy as representative in the second congressional district of our province.”
Cusi said he was “considering another position where we can continue serving the national interest and we are truly fortunate to have been given this opportunity.” The other week, Cusi was offered by MalacaƱang to be the next director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Cusi did not say on Wednesday if he gave up the congressional race for this position.
“Politics can wait but we cannot turn our back on this singular chance to continue serving the Filipino people in the best way we can. We hope to be able to share with you this new position where we can continue pursuing the national interest at the proper time,” he said.
Cusi thanked his party, the Sandugo Party, “for making the decision-making process less painful for us,” adding, “Their generous understanding enabled us to consider facing a different but broader challenge.”
However, he added that he remained committed to serving the people of Mindoro. He said he will continue to support Sandugo Party in helping improve the quality of life of Mindoro folk.
The second congressional district of Oriental Mindoro is composed of the municipalities of Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Mansalay, Pinamalayan and Roxas. The district has a population of about 335,000 in 2007.
Cusi and six other candidates were supposed to vie for the congressional seat. The other candidates include Securities and Exchange Commission member Thaddeus Venturanza from Lakas-Kampi-CMD, who served as vice governor of the province from 2001 to 2004.
The other candidates are Liberal Party's Reynaldo Umali, Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner and brother of incumbent Rep. Alfonso Umali Jr., who is on his third and final term; Partido ng Masang Pilipino's Ephraim Salcedo, father of former President Joseph Estrada's spokesperson Margaux Salcedo; Anthony Yap of the Nacionalista Party; Edmund Dante Janda of Aksyon; and independent Benrome Abao.


  1. of course! he will withdraw mas marami kasi pera sa caap!!!