Finally, after months of being silent on his absence from official functions and events of the ruling Liberal Party both in Manila and in Negros Occidental, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (third district) admitted a “communication gap” between him and LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II.
Benitez however, denied that he snubbed a meeting with Roxas and his supporters at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, on Sept. 4, saying he was not invited to the meeting in the first place.
He also said that President Benigno Aquino III wants to talk to him but did not say when it will happen.
The LP stalwart also denied that the communication gap between him and Roxas was triggered by Roxas’ dealings with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who heads the United Negros Alliance, or because of his alleged desire to become Speaker of the House.