Two independent BMs in Davao Norte spring a surprise again, won

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Two independent candidates for provincial board members in Davao del Norte again sprang surprise by their second-in-the–row winning in the recent polls akin to their victory in the 2010 polls.

Reelectionist Board Members Dr. Alfredo De Veyra and Alan Dujali again inserted themselves to the administration-dominated winning circle for five board members’ seats in the District 1 and District 2, respectively.

But both recorded improved electorate ranking, a one-up notch higher compared to their previous electoral feats. De Veyra placed 4th while he clang 5th in 2010 polls. Dujali came 2nd now from being 3rd in 2010.

Both were shunned by kingpins to be listed in the administration slate of Liberal Party and Kusog Baryohanon, as they won in the 2010 as opposition candidates, solely each to their respective district.

Before last October’s filing of certificate of candidacy, Dr. Veyra had profusely vied to be included the Liberal Party in his district after he tendered his resignation from the Lakas-CMD-Kampi, while Dujali, LP before, just opted to remain independent.

But both ran and campaigned independently against the weight of fully-occupied slates of the administration parties, the LP in the first district led by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, and the Kusog Baryohanon in the second district by Tadeco honco former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Kusog Baryohanon (KB) was formed in 2011 under the leadership of Floirendo and his nephew newly releected for third term Rep. Antonio Lagdameo. The two were with the Lakas-CMD-Kampi in 2010 polls.

In the recent polls, the provincial LP campaigned for the entire senatorial slate under Team PNoy, while KB pushed for half of Team PNoy slate and half of United Nationalist Alliance slate, sources said.

KB got Comelec accreditation as a local political party in 2012. LP and KB made a coalition before the start of the filing of certificate of candidacy last October, which sandwiched De Veyra and Dujali. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

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