Davao del Norte Vice Gov. Alan Dujali posted two photos Tuesday afternoon showing known personages who could be potential mayoral challengers in District 2 municipalities in the province.
The second photo shows Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez administering oath of membership to PDP-Laban for Panabo businessman Frank Gentiles, 2nd District Board Member Erning Evangelista of Sto. Tomas, LYR President-CEO Larry Y. Rubinos (aka LYR), Carmen Councilor Leony Bahague and Arman Saniano of Samal Island.
They took their oath inside the Speaker’s office in Congress.
The first photo shows the new party members with the Speaker and the Vice Governor in a pose.
Except for Saniano who might vie to be included in the councilors’ slate of IGACOS Mayor Al David Uy come 2019 midterm election, the rest are seen to be formidable mayoral bets.
What is most surprising according to pundits is the swearing in of LYR, who might run for mayor in BE Dujali where he has commercial lots and businesses. He donated a lot which is now part of the municipal hall compound. Present BE Dujali Mayor is Atty. Leah Marie Moral-Romano.
The swearing in of Board Member Evangelista and Councilor Bahague, too, is quite surprising and– interesting.
Evangelista is considered the most senior, experienced, tough and seasoned incumbent politician in Sto. Tomas who could give a run to current Mayor Daniel Batosalem Jr. of his political luck while Bahague was the trusted guy, an ex-external administrator of Carmen who knew the closed-door intricacies of the governance of former Mayor Marcelino Perandos, husband of incumbent first-termer Mayor Virgie Perandos.
Gentelis, an engineer-businessman and president of Abante Panabo, has long been known to be dueling again Mayor James Gamao after losing though unscathed in the last 2016 election.
Both posts of Vice Gov. Dujali are now being talked interestingly by many Davao del Norte netizens setting off an online frenzy.
PDP-Laban formidable mayoral bets backed up by superkingpin Speaker Alvarez have come full circle apparently threatening the District 2 bailiwick of Floirendos of Tadeco fame.
Will the Bailiwick of The Firm crumble in 2019? (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)