ALVAREZ LAUGHS OFF DUTERTE-CARPIO THREAT VS. HIS REELECTION
TO FIELD PDP- LABAN ALVAREZ WING VS. INDAY SARA’S HUGPONG SLATE
House Speaker Pantaleon has laughed off Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s threat she would personally campaign to drown his reelection bid in 2019 in Davao del Norte’s First District congressional post.
This is going to be a battle between the rich and the poor, Alvarez in a recent interview told anchorman Jun Bersamin of the program Banat on ABS/CBN’s DxAB radio in Davao City.
In shooting down Duterte-Carpio’s threat, Alvarez apparently was also referring to DavNor Governor Anthony del Rosario, who has joined the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), a regional party organized by Duterte-Carpio together with the five governors of the Davao Region.
At the recent launch of the HnP, Duterte-Carpio said the regional party would organize a region-wide slate in the coming 2019 elections. The slate would include Gov. del Rosario and a candidate against Alvarez.
The Speaker, secretary general of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), on the other hand, has been recruiting politicians for his line-up called PDP-Laban Alvarez Wing.
The Alvarez Wing is fielding Vice Governor Alan Dujali against Governor del Rosario.
Reports have it that the HnP is luring former Governor Rodolfo “Dolfo” del Rosario, the incumbent governor’s father, as its candidate to contest Alvarez’s reelection. The semi-retired veteran politician Dolfo is considered as the candidate that could beat the Speaker hands down.
Also in the HnP camp is the cousin of Gov. del Rosario, Second District Congressman Antonio Floirendo Jr., whose family owns the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco).
The Speaker has filed a graft case against Floirendo, his former friend and political ally, with the Ombudsman.
Alvarez has also questioned a land deal entered into by Tadeco with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) involving the reservation area of the Davao Penal Colony.
The Alvarez Wing, however, has yet to find a candidate against Floirendo.
Alvarez belittled Duterte-Carpio’s threat to crush his reelection bid after the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte called the Speaker an “asshole” for saying that HnP is an opposition party organized without the blessing of President Duterte, the head of PDP-Laban.