Asuncion Mayor Atty. Eufracio “Yuri” Dayaday Jr has admitted that it was risky move for him for not joining in the PDP-Laban mass oath-taking of members initiated by Speaker Bebot Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel in Tagum City and Compostela Valley last week.
In an interview, the mayor said he formally wrote Speaker Alvarez through PDP-Laban regional chairman Compostela Valley Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga (2nd district) explaining why he declined the invitation.
In the copy of that letter dated August 27, 2017, Mayor Dayaday said: “I am not comfortable to be involved in partisan politics due to disunity of political pillars in Davao del Norte at present. ” The mass oath-taking was Monday last week, Aug. 28.
He added: “For this reason, I have decided to remain politically uncommitted at this time. Rest assured that I will be very supportive of all your endeavors in District I especially in Asuncion.”
Dayaday though said that “perhaps sooner or later, I will reconsider your offer, if it still stands.”
Pressed on what would he mean on “politically uncommitted”, he said that it would otherwise mean he is “partyless and independent as of this time.”
Only the first-termer Dayaday and also first-termer new Corella Mayor Rhodora Alcoran were the mayors in the province’s District 1 represented by Alvarez who did not join the mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban.
Governor Anthony del Rosario of the Liberal Party did not join the mass oath-taking of the party that is being made as the ruling party of President Duterte.
Dayaday also asked rival quarters wanting to misinterpret his move, saying that all he wants is unity of political pillars, Speaker Alvarez and Gov. Del Rosario, both of whom he considers as friend.
“It’s just like when two of your good friends are quarreling, so you have to stay neutral,” he explained.
In the province’s District 2 where its acknowledged political kingpin Rep. Tony Boy Floirendo has a running bad rift with Speaker Alvarez, only IGACOS Mayor Al David Uy joined the mass oath-taking. Almost the rest of city and municipal officials in the district including the five provincial board members under Floirendo’s Kusog Baryohanon party also did not join PDP-Laban.
Mayor Dayaday was an LP member before but be bolted from it to go independent during the last campaign period over disagreement on whom to support for the congressional candidate. He supported ex-Cong. Arrel Olano who was defeated by Alvarez.
Alvarez and Pimentel would seem to be steering a fast PDP-Laban train aimed to swear in the supermajority in Congress and supermajority of elected officials down to barangays across the country.
Meanwhile, a few PDP-Laban party ideologues and originals in Davao Region and Mindanao are said to be griping about Alvarez-Pimentel fast PDP-Laban train. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)