Davao del Norte 2nd District Congressman Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo largely made no comment to any issue relating his rift with Speaker and 1st District Cong. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez when he spoke onstage during the mass oathtaking of Kusog Baryohanon (KB) party members Wednesday in the municipal gym of Carmen town.
In the opening of his speech, he though side-commented in jest and in so short jab about landgrabbing issue but quickly evaded talking about his issues with the Speaker.
Floirendo’s KB mass oathtaking followed the mass oathtaking of PDP-Laban led by Speaker Alvarez last Nov. 30 in Panabo City.
As Cong. Floirendo recognized the presence of his leader-partymates, in jest when he introduced neophyte Board Member Rodney del Rosario he said that per info he got wind of the latter is planning to run for mayor in the Island Garden City of Samal.
The congressman also introduced his two daughters Monica and Gabby, whom he said, in jest, he cajoled to run for congresswoman.
It is not yet known as of press time if the congressman made a press conference right after the oathtaking.
The Kusog Baryohanon event was attended by mayors still loyal to Floirendo, the four of the eleven mayors in the province, thus now a minority. They are BE Dujali Mayor Leah Marie Moral-Romano, Sto. Tomas Mayor Daniel Batosalem Jr., Panabo City Mayor James Gamao and Carmen Mayor Virgie Perandos.
Also attending were barangay officials and functionaries, and TADECO workers. They mostly wore white T-shirts in contrast to the red T-shirts of PDP-Laban members.
Floirendo is facing a graft case filed by Alvarez which is now at the Sandiganbayan, stemming from his involvement in the controversial Joint Venture Agreement between TADECO and the Bureau of Corrections. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)