NEWS: Davnor pols dazzle groceries, foodstuffs as Xmas gifts

dec 17

Despite still harder times, several Davao del Norte politicians are moving on these days giving groceries and foodstuffs to constituents in kindling the Christmas spirit.

So as not to be interpreted, Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano defused speculations that his gift-giving of grocery package consisting of rice, noodles and sardines is not for politicking purposes.

In a report of Periodico Norte, he said in vernacular that as his tradition he has been giving “give-aways every December and in fact I started giving these in September in my district”.

Since last week Olano’s house was reportedly flocked in by droves of people including children who lined up to wait for their to receive the foodstuff.

Tricycle drivers have also received insurance certificates besides the groceries from the last-termer congressman.

The same, Olano was consistent in his earlier media statement that he is a “partidista” and would not fight the present governor, vice governor and city mayor, who are all reelectionists, saying that they all belong to Lakas party like him.

But he has a caveat for this: “unless Lakas breaks up.”

Not to be outdone, the other day Asuncion Mayor Municipal Joseph Pareñas showed to the local media his stockpile of Christmas gifts, still packed groceries, ready for distribution to his needy constituents.

Where before DXDN Radyo Ukay in Tagum used to have a lot of time for commentaries, now the primetime from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M. is booked to seconders of Christmas greetings from city councilors up to the governor.

The much-touted RDR on Wheels of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, on the other hand, is scheduled to make a lot of municipal sorties during this Yuletide Season.

In most of its sorties, provincial officials and manpower drew out various provincial services such as medical check up and medicine distribution, dental services, therapists’ massage, dispersal of agricultural products and animals, while the governor gave thousands of Philhealth cards and acted as collective ninong of mansibados (unmarried in the Church).

Sources said that the RDR on Wheels hit bumps when it drew scarce constituents begging for provincial services in municipalities whose mayors are known to be political proteges of former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

The Floirendos and Del Rosarios have had political, family and business feud which started near the time before the May 2007 polls.

MeanwHile, sour-graping pundits however said that Christmas gifts consisting of the familiar rice, noodles and sardines that have been going to barangays every election time are therefore suspect. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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