NEWS: Panabo mayor hits bolting “underground Lakas” execs as “opportunists”

dec 31

Panabo City Mayor Jose Silvosa hit the other day as “opportunists” the reported “underground” Lakas incumbent governors and congressmen in the country who were said to be already re-grouping to throw their support in due time to whoever is the leading presidential candidate other than the administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro.

“I would still support Gibo even if I’m the only last man standing to vote for him in the country,” Silvosa, Lakas-Kampi-CMD city chairman, said adding that Teodoro is the man to watch in next year’s polls given his outstanding credentials and capacity to lead the country.

Silvosa commented in the wake of a report bared by a top official of one of the provinces disclosing that the re-grouping Lakas incumbents were usually composed of older governors and congressmen.

The top official said that Lakas young ones in the likes of Sarangani Governor Miguel “Migs” Dominguez, who is now the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national chairman, Davao del Norte District Rep. Anton Lagdameo and Compostela Valley District 2 Rep. Rommel Amatong were rabidly rooting for Gibo as they consider him like a “kabarkada” given their similar or near age level.

The older ones are more pragmatic and practical in their politics and they wanted to be sure to ride the boat of the next administration while Teodoro has remained to be trailing behind in the recent surveys, said the top official, who requested anonymity.

The older Lakas incumbents were said to be either eyeing to support presidential candidates Noynoy Aquino (Liberal Party) or Manny Villar (Nacionalista Party).

But they did not earn praise to the mayor of Panabo, a known vote-rich town within the three-town and two-city District 2 bailiwick of the banana magnate Floirendos and Lagdameos.

“It’s the height of their political opportunism,” Silvosa said while apparently hitting the band of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, now with the LP after being with Lakas for a long time, when the mayor said: “Who are they to carry Noynoy now when I was imprisoned at the time of Marcos and had fought much for Cory?”.

Silvosa was imprisoned during Marcos time for his human rights lawyering. He was one of the leading opposition lights in the province in the prelude before the downfall of Marcos from power when march-rallies and yellow Fridays became the order of the day in Davao City and provinces towards the mid 90s.

“I cannot give my vote to Noynoy. There were many unfortunate events that happened during the Cory administration… she was not ready to handle them,” he said. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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