Cagayan de Oro politics heats up


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The local political scene was stirred by the break-up of the alliance between Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and second district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez. With former mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, the city’s long-time chief executive, there will be a three-way race for the chief executive post in next year’s election.

Supporters of Moreno say they are unfazed by the declaration of Rodriguez, who is known as for his support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL that aims to create a Bangsamoro state.

At the City Hall, it is business as usual, with Moreno making sure that public services are unhampered and projects are implemented.

Gusa barangay captain Marlon Tabac belittled the announcement of Rodriguez, saying that this is not making a dent on Moreno’s political machinery. “If at all it made an impact, it was for its shock value,” Tabac said.

He added the so-called exodus of Moreno’s political allies is overhyped and some of the changes in City Hall were long-time coming. Moreno sacked his city administrator, lawyer Roy Raagas in the aftermath of Rodriguez’s announcement to run for mayor.

A political analyst said that it is still too early to tell that the decision of the popular congressman to run for mayor means the demise of Moreno and the comeback of Emano.

“That is purely speculation. It is a no brainer to see who is behind this spin. Remember, Moreno is an incumbent who has done a lot of good projects in health, education and infrastructure, among others,” said, lawyer Florentino Dumlao 3rd of the political think tank Advocates for Good Governance.

If the Moreno camp manages this situation properly, the analyst said the mayor will come out stronger.

“Viewed positively, what happened is a cleansing, not an exodus or abandonment. Cleansing rids any system of toxins, and the body becomes stronger,” said the political analyst.


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