You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
Huwag kang mamangka sa dalawang ilog.
With these elements of political loyalty playing key role, the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) will expel former Tagum City mayor Rey Chiong Uy.
This move was intimated by a source inside HNP, the regional party formed by Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio, as Uy announced he was running for vice governor in Davao del Norte under the banner of the Alvarez Wing of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban) of former House Speaker 2nd District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
The HNP is fielding a full slate in the 2019 mid-term elections against Alvarez and his Alvarez Wing in the Davao del Norte contest.
The somersaulting Uy, an HNP member, has now declared himself as an opposition to Inday Sara’s party.
In a press conference this week in Tagum City, Uy reiterated that he has resigned as Tagum City chairman of the HNP and will run under the Alvarez Wing banner.
But Uy added that he remains a member of the HNP.
Uy announced his plan to run for vice governor and his resignation as HNP Tagum City chairman two weeks ago.
He took his oath as member of HNP, together with brother former Compostela Valley governor now ComVal Board Member Arturo Chiongkee Uy and nephew ComVal Governor Tyron Uy and governors of the Davao Region, during the formal launching of HNP in Davao City in early July.
HNP values political loyalty. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Bawal ang mamangka sa dalawang ilog, the HNP insider said to explain the reason why Uy has to be expelled.
In the press conference, Uy said he proposed as early as January to run for vice governor to 1st District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. and Governor Anthony del Rosario and his father former governor Rodolfo del Rosario. He said his initial proposal did not get a response.
Floirendo and the del Rosarios were political allies but the relationship turned sour shortly after Alvarez became Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2016.
Uy said he repeated his proposal after the organization in July of the HNP, of which Floirendo and the del Rosarios became key leaders in Davao del Norte. Gov. del Rosario is the HNP’s secretary general.
It appears that Floirendo and the del Rosarios do not like me, reports quoted Uy as saying in the press conference.
Uy said he was given a run-around prompting him to decide on joining the camp of ex-Speaker Alvarez.
Gov. del Rosario said they did not immediately act on Uy’s proposal because HNP will pick its candidates for next year’ mid-term election after a consultation with members.
Reports have it that HNP wanted Uy to run against Alvarez ally Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, an idea the former mayor did not relish.
When he ate up his three-term limit in 2013, then outgoing Mayor Uy fielded in the mayoralty race his son Oyo, who was defeated by Rellon.
Rellon delivered the second debacle on the Uys by trouncing the elder Uy’s comeback bid in the 2016 election.
Uy’s jump to Alvarez is ironic in that Chiongkee Uy and his son, Gov. Tyron Uy are also members of HNP. Gov. Uy, a founding member of HNP, is the treasurer of the Inday Sara party.
The HNP insider said Inday Sara was expected to support Uy’s expulsion, although the HNP chairman earlier said HNP members may join other national parties without losing their HNP membership.
There is no love lost between Inday Sara and Alvarez. The Davao City Mayor has an axe to grind against the ex-Speaker.
The HNP, Inday Sara earlier said, would field a full slate against Alvarez and the Alvarez Wing after Alvarez described HNP as an opposition party without the blessing of President Duterte.
For the remark made by Alvarez shortly after the launch of HNP in early July, Inday Sara called the former Speaker an “asshole” and vowed to campaign against his reelection in 2019.
The presidential daughter also urged members of the House to remove Alvarez as Speaker for being a liability to the Duterte administration.
Alvarez would later be removed as Speaker and replaced by former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a coup on July 23. Reports have it that Inday Sara lobbied before congressmen to oust Alvarez.
In the 2019 battle, Uy would be running under the Alvarez Wing for vice governor as running mate of virtual unknown Edwin Jubahib, who will contest the reelection of Gov. del Rosario.
HNP, as of today, Oct. 10, has yet to bare its line-up. The filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the 2019 May election starts tomorrow, October 1.