Brewing local politics


Days ago, I saw a picture of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Facebook, posted in the account of disqualified Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Party-list representative Pastor “Jun” Alcover.

The picture shows Mayor Digong in a press conference, toothpick in his mouth and a foot stretched on top of the table. It contains the caption: “Ito ba ang gusto n’yong president? Ito ang highest level of kabastosan.”

I checked to verify if the account really belongs to Mr. Alcover. And yes, it is Mr. Alcover’s. The account also contains a litany of woes against the government. Obviously, Mr. Alcover has so many negative things to say about the present administration. Obviously, too, Mr. Alcover determines governance and leadership skills through one’s posture. Isn’t that too flimsy?

Anyway, what else can we expect from Alcover, a former leader of the New People’s Army? Alcover threatened to join Reds again after the Comelec disqualified his group, ANAD, from participating in the 2013 elections.

Quezon politics
Constituents of Quezon province are expecting a three-cornered fight for the gubernatorial race: first district Rep. Mark Enverga, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and former congressman Danny Suarez.

Enverga, son of former governor Manuel, is an educator. He owns Enverga University. The young Enverga is a member of the Nacionalista Party which is rumored to be courting the Liberal Party. It is however likely that LP will prefer long time ally Alcala.

I heard that Procy is also eyeing a comeback in Congress. And if Procy decides to run for governor, Enverga will either coalesce with LP or go back to the Nacionalista Party.

Meanwhile, incumbent governor JJ Suarez is seeking reelection but his poor performance may hinder his return. Rumors have it that JJ is still enjoying his youth and the older Suarez, the patriarch, is the one running the province.

Danny Suarez will seek election as representative of the third district, replacing his sick wife, Aleta. The Suarezes are Lakas by origin but they have pledged to support Vice President Jejomar Binay and his slate in 2016.

With three big names fighting, expect three major things: mudslinging, election-related violence and dirty money.

Isabela politics
Another exciting race in 2016 will be in the province of Isabela. I heard it will be a one-on-one fight between incumbent governor Faustino “Bodgie’ Dy and former governor Grace Padaca for the gubernatorial post.

Will Padaca be able to reclaim the post from Dy? How will her legal battles for perjury and graft affect her intent to return to local politics?

Padaca, former Comelec commissioner, is facing a complaint for perjury at the Sandiganbayan for the non-filing of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for four years. She is likewise on trial for graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan.
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