NEWS: Davao Norte, Comval govs make high 5 as unopposed

dec 3

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy are making high five as both of them are running for their respective second reelection bid without any opponent not even a nuisance candidate.
Del Rosario of the Liberal Party is unopposed as former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran-Floirendo backed out Monday from her gubernatorial plan.
Uy of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, on the other hand, is unopposed as his critic former Governor Jose Caballero instead filed at 10:00 PM his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman under the Liberal Party banner in the province’s second district against reelectionist Congressman Rommel Amatong (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).
Atty. Rex Lopoz, resident of the capital town of Nabunturan, joined in the congressional race as he filed his COC as independent an hour before Caballero, also a lawyer, did.

In a sudden reversal a week after she declared she was excited to run for governor, Moran-Floirendo on Monday announced she was backing out from the gubernatorial race, saying: “After much thought and consideration, the Roxas-Moran family has prevailed over me to desist from pursuing my plans so as not to be caught in a family feud that may conclude to a bitter end.”
The 1973 Miss Universe is a granddaughter of the late President Manuel Roxas and cousin of LP vice presidential bet, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas III.
She said her family do not want her to be caught in the middle of a feud between her husband former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr  and Del Rosario.
She denied there were “concessions” made between the feuding political kingpins although Del Rosario earlier announced he would not be fielding an opponent to reelectionist District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo, provincial chair of Lakas-Kampi-CMD. Lagdameo is Tonyboy’s nephew.
And Del Rosario made true his promise as no one is running against Lagdameo.
However, in the first district, former boardmember Emily Alvarez, wife of former DOTC Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, will vie against the governor’s son former Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael del Rosario for the congressional seat.
But Del Rosario’s man in tandem Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr has an opponent for the vice gubernatorial run as Boardmember Roger Israel, who was suddenly left alone after Margie’s political exit, filed his COC for the post.
Reelectionist Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya of Compostela Valley is also unopposed.
On the other hand, a three-corner mayoral fight is set up in Tagum City between among City Mayor Rey Uy (LP), former Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza (independent) and last-termer Cong.Arrel Olano, a supposed Lakas-Kampi-CMD District 1 chairman who is now running independent.
In another three-corner congressional fight in the first district of Compostela Valley, controversial police officer Cesar Mancao filed his COC on Monday morning, while former Ombudsman graft investigator Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr filed Tuesday before noon and boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay, daughter of last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, filed last Saturday.
Zamora is not running of any post as he earlier said he would concentrate in campaigning for her daughter’s bid. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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