Speaker Bebot Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel cracked the administration party whip and managed to have 99.7% of Comval elected leaders from provincial down to municipal and barangay levels to fall in line and pledge as new members of PDP-Laban party of President Duterte.
The mammoth pack of Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy either bolted from the Liberal Party or they were raided by the Alvarez and Pimentel to jump ship to the new administration ruling party.
The PDP-Laban mass oath-taking Monday morning in Nabunturan was successful in Compostela Valley but it failed to raid virtually all the yellow Liberal Party leaders in Davao del Norte led by Gov. Anthony del Rosario in the afternoon in the New City Hall.
Also attending the two events were Cong. Karlo Nograles, his father ex-Speaker Boy Nograles, Cong. Geraldine Roman and DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi.
Vice Gov. Alan Dujali, an independent political honcho in the last polls, gave his omnipresence during the Davao del Norte’s political event along with Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon.
A source said that Gov. Del Rosario was no show because he was not invited by Alvarez in the first place.
Only Kapalong Mayor Tess Timbol and husband Vice Mayor Gardo Timbol, San Isidro Mayor Arnel Sitoy and Igacos Mayor Al David Uy were seen on stage swearing in to become PDP-Laban members.
Speaker Alvarez has a running bad rift with 2nd District Cong. Tonyboy Floirendo of the Kusog Baryohanon party.
Only Board Member Frank Remitar of the first district board members was seen swearing in as new PDP-Laban member.
There was no board member from District 2, Floirendo’s bailiwick, who attended the event. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)