Lozarita was one of the former Salma partymates who defected from the administration and rallied behind Vice Mayor Lawrence Teves in his bid to contest the mayoralty post in next year's election.
camp accused Salma of reneging on his pledge in the last elections to nominate Teves as the party's mayoralty bet.
The political rift became official on August 4 during the Pundok Basta Tinud-anayng Serbisyo (BTS) political aggrupation convention at La Hacienda Resto Bar
in Obogon, Tanjay City
when 20 out of the city's 24 barangay captains chose by secret balloting Neil Salma over Teves
as their standard-bearer in the 2007 polls.
, along with Councilors Lozarita
, Juvilo Napao, and Rey Concepcion--who were invited because of their interest to contest the 2007 polls in Tanjay City
, did not attend the scheduled convention.