Compostela Valley Senior Board Member and ex-Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy clarified to the local press the other day that it would be until April 2018 as the last month for him to decide whether he would have his residency declared transferred from Compostela Valley to Tagum City and in effect he would resign as board member.
He recognized the need to meet the residency requirement. Comelec law sets at least 6 months of residency for local candidates, and if October 2018 is considered as period in the filing of certificate of candidacy, April stands to be the cut-off month.
But Uy said still he has “no plan yet” to run in Davao del Norte.
He admitted he needs “many” and “more valid reasons” to decide “to run for mayor or governor or any position.”
The Comval ex-governor has been rumored then reported by the local media- first reported online by Mindanao Sun Chronicle- to be first training his sight to run for mayor in the Tagum City, where he grew up and thus where he was originally identified with before his successful forays in Comval’s politics.
He subsequently denied he has a plan but confirmed that he has been prodded by many friends and businessmen in Tagum City to run for city mayor.
In a radio interview last August, he said that Tagum is his birthplace and thus originally he has been known to be with Tagum since his childhood in Madaum, the ancestral barangay of Uy family.
Then he added that being originally associated with Tagum, he has therefore abundant bosom and close friends in the city like businessmen, barangay captains, kagawads and others since the days when Tagum was still a municipality.
However, in the recent weeks, Uy has been reported to be going to various places in Davao del Norte, accordingly from one highly placed source “to get some feel of the pulses of thr people in Davao del Norte”.
Most recently he guested and sang during the opening of the Christmas lights festival of Carmen municipality.
A buzz said that Uy has been egged out by Speaker Bebot Alvarez to run for Davao del Norte governor than for Tagum mayor as he and second-termer Mayor Allan Rellon belong to the ruling PDP-Laban party.
Uy pledged to PDP-Laban as new party member during the mass oathtaking of Comval officials last Oct. 28. Rellon has been a PDP-Laban member since 2013 election.
A source from Tagum City Council however said that Uy might as well run as “the third force” with his own financing to independently decide running for city mayor, not as a PDP-Laban standard bearer due to the “equity to the incumbent” rule.
But skeptical pundits do not buy this as the Speaker’s alliance with him, Vice Governor Alan Dujali and the majority of incumbent mayors in Davao del Norte including Mayor Rellon projects a powerhouse and formidable force to reckon with and given the Speaker’s emerging rise as super political kingpin in the two provinces under the PDP-Duterte banner. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)