Panabo City Mayor James Gamao said that there are kalapatis (doves) living inside the city gym and he does not want the doves’ poop (eti in vernacular) to land on Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and his group if they would hold the PDP-Laban mass oathtaking there, in what appears as pilosopo dig of the mayor at the Speaker.
But in a confusing turn he admitted he was happy that the gym was not used at all by the PDP-Laban last Nov. 30 citing that he “might be politicized” if it was used.
Gamao spoke during the Kusog Baryohanon party members assembly of the District 2 in the municipal gym of Carmen town Wednesday morning.
Alvarez through his congressional staff first requested the mayor to use the big gym on Nov. 25 for the mass oathtaking of the PDP-Laban party but the mayor denied citing the repair activity, causing Alvarez to cancel the activity and reset it to Nov. 30.
Again Alvarez congressional staffers requested the mayor to use the gym on Nov. 30, but again the mayor denied it.
Denied of a big venue, the PDP-Laban mass oathtaking proceeded on Nov. 30 at the small covered court at Brgy. Salvacion as offered by its barangay captain and the city ABC president Jose Ralampagos.
There over 8,000 political leaders, barangay, municipal and city officials from Districts 1 and 2 were sworn in by the Speaker in a jampacked and sun-scorched setting.
Gamao was castigated by several speakers for not respecting the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Alvarez in his speech said he himself had to ask the mammoth PDP-Laban crowd an apology for the mayor’s denial to use the city gym.
Gamao is a protégé of District 2 Congressman Tony Boy Floirendo. He belongs to the mayors still loyal to Floirendo, the four of the eleven mayors in the province, thus the 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.
Alvarez castigated Cong. Floirendo relating his involvement in the controversial Joint Venture Agreement between TADECO and the Bureau of Corrections.
He filed a graft case against Floirendo at the Ombudsman last year which is now at the Sandiganbayan awaiting decision. He also said he has an incoming plunder case against the Floirendo family relating to the same JVA.
He called on the people to end the control of one family in District 2 which the Speaker charged as the only one who has been deciding every election in the District and “not the people.”
The Floirendos through TADECO lawyers have been refuting Alvarez allegations relating the JVA as assailable.
Moreover, Mayor Gamao in the same speech also griped on those 16 incumbent barangay captains in his city who swore in the PDP-Laban mass oathtaking last Nov. 30, saying they better stick with PDP-Laban and not to go back to Kusog Baryohanon “kung didto ka didto ka ayawg samok-samok sa amoa (if you’re with their side stick there, and don’t bring trouble to us Kusog Baryohanon).
The defection of the 16 barangay captains to the camp of Alvarez has ostensibly stirred a hornet’s nest affecting the mayor, which pundits described as unprecedented political development in the city whose governance has long been controlled by the protégés of Floirendos. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)