NEWS: Olano throws support to AGR, laughs off report he bought Yayong

Emily Alvarez, “mortal political enemy”

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano (independent Lakas) is throwing his support to congressional candidate Anthony Rafael del Rosario (Liberal Party) and not to former boardmember Emily Alvarez (Nacionalista Party).

He said that he has been considering Anthony’s father Governor Rodolfo del Rosario as his “inspiration who developed me” starting when he became a boardmember in 1998.

“He (RDR) is a total politician, I could not forget that. If he has only a rival now I would have supported him all-out,” he added.

He told reporters in a press conference Saturday that Anthony’s rival Alvarez has since then considered him as a “mortal political enemy” as they fought in 2004 and 2007 elections.

Olano, who is graduating already from his third term, is running now for mayoralty against reelectionist City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy, former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza and ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay.

Olano also laughed off report that he already “bought” Gementiza so the latter would withdraw from the race and support him.

“Wa koy ikabayad ana. Kung naa lang unta koy kwarta, seguro nakumpleto ang akong mga councilor (I have no money for that. If I have, I could have completed my lineup of councilors),” he said.

Running with Olano for the ten-man city councilorship are last-termer boardmember Macario Bermudez, former councilor Tristan Aala, Dexter Welborn and Erwin Ang.

As of now, he said he picked only six senatorial candidates to support who are Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, Silvestre Bello, Raul Lambino, Rey Langit and Ramon Guico.

He said he has already “talking points” with vice gubernatorial candidate Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel but as of press time they have not yet firmed up an agreement. Israel is battling with reelectionist Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, running mate of unopposed Governor Del Rosario.

Israel is running without a gubernatorial candidate after ex-Miss Universe Margie Moran, wife of former Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.,  backed out close before the deadline of the filing of certificate of candidacy.

District 2 political kingmaker Tonyboy was said to have announced to mayors in District 2 mayors last week to support Israel . (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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