NEWS: “I remain to be the Lakas city party chair”- VG Baby

april 24

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr said in an interview the other day that at present he still remains to be the city chairman of the administration’s Lakas party as Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has not yet called party shots.

“There’s still no formal turnover yet,” he said.

Asked further about the turnover, Suaybaguio said: “nobody yet asked me to give up” his being the party city chairman.

He was apparently referring to the governor’s continued mum on when to hold the party turnover rite and even big party gatherings like a caucus or assembly of party leaders and partymates.

Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, being the one holding the highest position in the city, is reportedly supposed to be the party city chair under the Lakas bylaws.

A comebacking Tagum politician, former City Councilor Oscar “Doc Oca” Bermudez, MD told this reporter earlier that he happened to meet the mayor once in a gathering and asked Uy about the issue.

Uy had reportedly replied “sa ila na lang na ang city chairman, wa man ta nag-apas ana” at a time when the governor continued in not calling for the turnover of the post.

But Suaybaguio also said that “anytime the mayor can automatically assume the chairmanship” with Uy holding the top post in the city.

He said he can give up the post though in a formal turnover called by the governor, who is the Lakas regional and provincial party chairman.

He added he sacrificed much for the Lakas party and would always abide with its decisions.

Observers however said that Suaybaguio’s non-relinquishment of the chairmanship has already a precedent in the past when then Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza was not given the Lakas provincial chairmanship despite his being the incumbent governor.

Del Rosario, who was out from elected provincial office after running out of his three terms as governor in 2004 but serving as secretary on national government centers, held on being the Lakas provincial chairman in the ensuing years.

Del Rosario and Uy are travelling together by now in China along with other Davao del Norte mayors for a study tour.  (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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