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NEWS: AGR resigns from Lakas-Kampi, to go independent for Congress

Posted in 23830516, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario, governor rodolfo del rosario with tags , , on August 10, 2009 by cha monforte

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TAGUM CITY- In his first day of work in the Capitol, returning former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario dropped a big surprise yesterday in a press conference he called by announcing he would be resigning as member of Lakas-Kampi party and would instead go independent in running for Congress in the District 1 of the province in 2010.

He said his father Governor Rodolfo del Rosario “would be surprised by this (announcement)”.
“It’s time for me to see who among the presidentiables I like to support. I’m looking for a presidential candidate that I think has the same principles as I have, a President I can relate with and for the principles he stands for…My resignation is my decision,” said a visibly thinner Del Rosario, who was on leave for seven months from his executive assistant position and as the provincial sports coordinator in the Capitol as he underwent series of chemotheraphy treatments in Manila for his stage 3 hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

He said he is already completely healed from the “mildest type of cancer” and even dared mediamen for a “two-kilometer run” with him to test him.

“I also get second opinion of my doctor in Singapore, who is a cancer specialist and one of the best in Asia, and he said I can run for Congress,” Del Rosario added.

“I have to get out (from Lakas-Kampi) to be independent,” he further said adding that it would be difficult if he would remain in Lakas-Kampi of the administration and talk with other presidential hopefuls in the opposition “like Binay, Erap, Villar, Roxas, Escudero”. “Madaut ta ana (that would destroy me)”.

He also said that it pained him to see that in the country’s politics the principle in the party changes in obvious potshot to the administration party, even as he declared he is still “100 percent behind Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo“.

He added he is more keen to support a presidential candidate who has “managerial skills” and “executive experience”.

But Del Rosario’s announcement has fueled speculations among observers here that the influential Del Rosarios, who have had family feud with the Floirendo family of the gigantic Tadeco banana firm in the last elections, is in path of jumping to the opposition prior the 2010 polls.

During the same press conference at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo in the media center at the Capitol, Del Rosario himself bared that he heard only last week that his father governor was already replaced as the Lakas-Kampi regional chairman by Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, and replaced as the Lakas national treasurer by a “Kampi congressman” hinting a possible falling out of Gov. Del Rosario from Malacanang’s blessings.

Last Saturday the former governor arrived in his Tagum residence and was greeted by streamers welcoming him back home. Together with his father, family members, other provincial officials and employees, he then heard a thanksgiving mass. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)