RDR: “Di na dapat politikahin ang PCL election”

“Alan just wanted to express his views”

Sept. 16-22, 2010

Talking for the first time with the Valley & City Chronicle after his arrival from United States, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo on Monday evening told unnamed personages associated with winner provincial president of the Philippine Councilors League Janrey Gavina they should not have played bad politics in the last PCL election of officers.

“Hindi na dapat politikahin pa nila ang selection of councilors,” the governor said in his post-PCL election commentary.

He commented that as to what Boardmember Alan Dujali did in connection with the PCL election, “Alan just wanted to express his views” with the thought that “the PCL is just like a fellowship club or group of councilors”.

He said that it was better that the councilors would have been “left to decide on their own, each member of PCL without spending a lot of money”.

He said told though that he has just arrived the other Monday and “I don’t know what really happened” although he heard about unsavory reports in connection the PCL election, “about vote-buying, et cetera”.

“Well, it’s not yet clear to me (what went on),” he said.

The governor recalled that days before the PCL election last August 13 he called the mayors in District 1 for a meeting and “asked them whom they wanted to see come out from the election” and “they indicated they wanted (reelectionist) Larry (Caminero) continue to be the PCL president”.

“Di ato na lang suportahan while I don’t know really kung sino ang pa ang tatakbo,” the governor recalled telling the District 1 mayors including Tagum City Rey Uy.

Then, he added, “I asked Mayor Uy na siya na ang mag-ayos sa iba para di na sila magkagulo” since that day he was already leaving to Manila to prepare his travel to California to visit his son District 1 Congressman Anthony del Rosario who is still currently on treatment by the Stanford Cancer Center.

The governor also narrated that during the actual PCL election day, he left early the election venue at Lakan’s Place Hotel to catch his flight schedule in the afternoon, and “it was only in Manila that I heard that Larry lost by 1 to 2 votes.”

It can be recalled that District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo, who supported Gavina, who was also present during the PCL election, held on to his seat until the election results were known.

Meanwhile, Boardmember Dujali told inquiring reporters that he was supposed to make his privilege speech last Monday’s session but had chosen not to proceed because of the arrival of an important visitor from Luzon who sought for a close-door meeting with the boardmembers and Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr.

Dujali four days after the PCL election delivered a privilege speech and raised the issue over “envelopmental politics” that he tagged as the cause of the betrayal and defeat of reelectionist Caminero and ultimately to the betrayal of Gov. Del Rosario by unknown LP councilors particularly from District 1 and Tagum City.

On the next session on August 23, Dujali was responded by Boardmember Janet Gavina who in her own privilege speech called him at one time to be “sour-graping” in obvious defense to her son Janrey, who in turn denied over the media he did not engage in vote-buying to win and get his post.

Sketchy reports said that the buying price of targeted councilors ranged from P5,000 to P20,000, and that three paper bundle wrappers for P1,000 bills were swept from Room 17 of Lakan’s Place Hotel, one of the rooms occupied by councilors sleeping on the night of August 12 before the next day’s PCL election.

When the last Monday’s privilege hour came, there was none who stood up and following shortly was the question hour when Vice Gov. Suaybaguio recognized the presence of La Union Boardmember Henry Bacurnay Jr and company.

The vice governor immediately informed the body on the need to make a close-door question with the visitor and his company, and called for a recess to allow boardmembers to transfer to nearby Sangguniang Panlalawigan conference hall.

The closed-door session lasted for about 30 minutes.

The Valley & Town Chronicle later learned, in separate interview, that Bacurnay was in his Tagum-leg in his visits to Regions 9, 10 and 11 to campaign among boardmembers in the areas in view of the upcoming national PCL election by November.

“I’m tryng to reach out provincial legislators in the region since the PCL national election is talagang bakbakan, nakakapagod, magastos. I just have passion to serve the league,” he said.

He said that the PCL national has already bought a condominium in Manila and he wanted to make it the transient lodging house of councilors from the provinces when they are travelling to Manila, than making them stay in expensive hotels elsewhere.

From one of his accompanying staffers, it was learned that Bacurnay is a political bigwig being the present interim vice president for Luzon and the deputy director general of the Liberal Party. (RUN/cha monforte)



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