Samal Island is now clearly a PDP-Laban country, freed from being part of the traditional bailiwick of the Floirendos as supermajority of the island’s elected officials from the city level down to the barangays swore in to become new members of the PDP-Laban party led by Speaker Bebot Alvarez Saturday at Babak gymnasium.
Vice Gov. Alan Dujali, earlier PDP-Laban member from being largely independent, gave his omniscient presence in the political event.
No less than the Speaker swore them all to join with their leader Mayor Al David Uy, who first joined the administration party alone during the first mass oathtaking of new PDP-Laban members in Tagum City last Aug. 28.
That time the mayor was dubbed as “nasunog” to mean exposed by pundits for having sworn alone without his group or winning slate. But accordingly the mayor was just humbly sports as he respected his councilors who did not go with him on do-day although they promised Uy to be with him.
That time, going to PDP-Laban where there is Alvarez who has deep bad relations with Congressman Tony Boy Floirendo is an act of not siding with the latter.
But last Saturday only four of the 14 members of the City Council and also only four of the 46 barangay captains did not join the party, a top source said.
Swearing in barangay officials (brgy. captains and kagawads) composed the mammoth red-shirt-wearing crowd in the island in what was otherwise described as a mass defection from Floirendos’ local party Kusog Baryohanon to President Duterte’s ruling party, the PDP-Laban.
The political world of Cong. Floirendo in District 2 is getting smaller each mass oathtaking even as his clanmate Governor Anthony del Rosario (Liberal Party) was earlier reported to be joining the PDP-Laban “in due time.” (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)