During the founding convention of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, two still largely unidentified mayors were hinted by her following the alleged says-so of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagging the presidential daughter as “part of the opposition” and sowing a deadly “intrigue” that the Speaker, for being him in that position, can easily impeach the President.
But it was President Digong who first tagged those, and then lumped as just “an intrigue by media again.” At the most recent, by media’s frequent asking, the Speaker has been saying “surrender na” and imposing silence instead of rebutting Mayor Inday Sara’s tirades at him, like her most recent expression about her being only a woman. “Surrender na nga ako e. Surrender na,” the Speaker told reporters in Surigao City last Thursday.
Giingna’g surrender na, but propagandists from the Firm, I suspect, kept on feeding fire to the imagined Sara-Bebot rift in the hope that Cong. Tony Boy Floirendo could get off the hook from the heat he’s now, or so, he could be saved. But boy, the Speaker remains to be the staunchiest ally of the President in the Lower House. He made PDP-Laban the ruling party now, from 2 to 123 members inside the House. The Speaker is no pushover.
But here’s a question most relevant to DavNor: Who among the 10 mayors in DavNor who gave the “intriguing info” to Mayor Inday? The info, which was denied by Speaker Alvarez as to be uttered by him, has driven a temporary wedge between the presidential daughter and the Speaker. It’s similar to the ancient spat between the princess and Legislature head trusted by the King. Both are loved by His Highness. But back to the question. The Speaker currently has five mayor allies. The other five mayors troop under the Floirendo-Del Rosario clannish grouping.
We heard a word from political grooves of DavNor that simply because BE Dujali Mayor Leah Marie “Tata” Moral-Romano and Mayor Inday Sara are both women and lawyers, they shared two essences that they possibly could communicate well. I rather tag this as speculation. Moral-Romano belongs to Floirendo-Del Rosario camp. It’s unthinkable that the mayors who gave the info came from Alvarez camp. But maybe, the lady mayor lawyer was just the mayor who felt alluded to. Meantime, we’re still on the thick of our search for answer on who really those two mayors are.
from Mindanao Sun Chronicle weekly, March 5-11, 2018