The gameplan


Politics may do Tadeco in. It may break apart this vast plantation that is touted as one of the biggest banana exporters in Southeast Asia. Why not a possibility, when the only thing that is permanent is change. In the first place, politics in our country breaks apart relationships, friendships and families. Look what politics has done to the Osmenas in Cebu, for one. The Osmenas are in the stature of national capitalists than the regional stature of the Floirendos in Davao del Norte.

But there’s still a little threat on Tadeco’s chopping off as seen in its continued legal and physical stranglehold of the leased Dapecol’s land. That little threat hides off as soon as it gets started, although we still don’t really know whether there was that smear job launched by sinister politico elements to threaten the kingpin Don Antonio Sr., his siblings and kins via a CARP intrigue, and either way – fuel more fire in between Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario and former Cong. Antonio Floirendo Jr., or rekindle valued memories to what the governor, being erstwhile right-hand man and manager of Don Antonio Sr., has done to protect Tadeco most importantly from the rampaging sequestration moves during Cory’s presidency, and by the protective political clout of the governor that envelops the banana empire in the subsequent national administrations up until this day.

But we still don’t buy the idea that the known Dolfo could just initiate and push real land reform program that would chop off an empire that in the first place raised him to become a national figure and political titan in the province starting since three decades ago.

We find that the CARPization issue of Tadeco isn’t a smear job at all. If it did not come from any of the potential ARBs (agrarian reform beneficiaries) coops or entities, or from those long claiming to have titles of Dapecol, it is a preliminary, one portent of things to come from a political gameplan of any among those who want to capture top political posts in Davao del Norte. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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