On political realignments
In the wake of initial political stirrings in the province over the support of some politicians to Senator Nonoy’s bid to presidency, Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy has remained quite unperturbed saying “I’ll wait and see” on the political realignments in the national scene as well as relative to Nonoy’s recent emergence as an opposition’s top presidential contender.
“It’s his prerogative,” he commented to last week’s vocal declaration of support of the son of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario, forrmer Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael, who earlier declared to run as independent candidate for the District 1 congressional post.
Already, the young Del Rosario’s expression of support last week has attracted a few of provincial politicians notably Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad while the governor has visibly remained mum on the political pronouncements of his son, who earlier went into seven-month leave as provincial sports coordinator to undergo series of chemotherapy treatments to recuperate from his stage 3 hodgkin lymphoma cancer. Last month, the former vice governor announced he was already healed from the disease.
Mayor Uy said he remained to be the city chairman of the Lakas-CMD party although it has been not clear whether the Lakas-CMD and parties have already been merged in the province while there was no provincewide assembly of Lakas and Kampi members that had happened purposely for it since the regional merger of Lakas and Kampi in June 2008 at Apo View Hotel in Davao City.
The governor though late last year said that as far as he was concerned the Lakas-CMD and Kampi parties were already merged.
This, as in the national scene, Lakas-CMD officials such as the Lakas originals represented by Ramos and former Speaker Jose De Venecia and Lakas-Kampi officials supportive to President Arroyo have been fighting it out at the Comelec on the issue of the accreditation of the merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, while other reports said that more Lakas-Kampi-CMD members in the provinces are entertaining to jump or have already jumped out from their party to the Liberal Party identified with the Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas as claimed by De Venecia.
Uy, who commands the city with a big chunk of voting population in District 1, bolted from the administration to the opposition camp of opposition Joseph Estrada during the 2004 polls.
Uy though currently has been observed to be maintaining good relationship with Gov. Del Rosario, whom the son Anthony Rafael described in a local TV interview as a “loyal Lakas member”. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)