For sure, Speaker and Davao del Norte 1st District Congressman Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez will have an opponent in the midterm 2019 polls and he is Tagum businessman Cesar Cuntapay, Mindanao leader of PDP-Laban original yet now minority group.
In an interview with mediamen Thursday evening, Cuntapay announced he would be running for Congress in 2019 election to oppose Alvarez in his reelection bid.
Cuntapay is chairman of Southern Mindanao area council of PDP-Laban group composed of originals and ideologues who are at war with Alvarez who has been making blitzkreig moves in the making of his PDP-Laban group as now the ruling party nationwide.
Cuntapay charged Alvarez as no longer fit to be the congressman of the first district, alleging he has no more moral ascendancy for making monopoly for vested interests.
“I have all the support of many sectors in the district,” he said.
He particularly criticized Alvarez birthday party as “lavish” and questioned where did he get “millions” to fund it.
Alvarez media defenders however justified that the Speaker is moneyed having legitimate businesses before he became Speaker, and therefore he could afford to spend millions for his 60th birthday celebration last Jan. 12 at the New Tagum City Hall.
It was attended by House members, prominent persons regaled by lots of artists and celebrities.
Cuntapay is rage and fury against Alvarez after the prosecutor recently dismissed the libel case he filed against the Speaker who called him “ugok” in a national TV interview. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)