Kahit maubos pera: Floirendo grooming Alvarez’s wife to run against Speaker
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez may have to look beyond the Davao region for political survival since two persons estranged from him have joined forces to ensure he will lose his reelection bid in 2019.
Politiko has learned that Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. plans to bankroll the campaign of Emelita Alvarez for congresswoman of Davao del Norte’s first district,a position currently held by the Speaker.
According to Politiko’s source, Floirendo is so determined to crush Alvarez that he’s willing to spend whatever it takes to ensure Emelita will win.
“Kahit maubos ang pera,” the businessman-politiko reportedly told people close to him.
Floirendo has an axe to grind against Alvarez for going after Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco), his company, over an agrement with the Bureau of Corrections for the lease of 3,000 hectares of the Davao Penal Colony as a banana plantation.
The investigation on TADECO led the Office of the Ombudsman to charge Floirendo with graft for his involvement in the deal despite being a congressman in 2003.
Emelita, meanwhile, has been separated from Alvarez since 2016, though he has several children with other women.
The Speaker recently introduced his current girlfriend as his wife and claimed he can marry multiple times since he is allegedly a member of the Manobo tribe.
It’s not just the double threat of Floirendo and Emelita that Alvarez should watch out for since several politikos in Davao del Norte reportedly dislike him.
The animosity towards the Speaker is said to be one of the reasons why Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte formed Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional political party.
With lots of enemies, what is Alvarez left to do?
As Politiko earlier reported, the Speaker is considering running for congressman in Surigao del Norte. He has a resort in Siargao Island that he could indicate as his place of residence ahead of the filing of candidacy for the 2019 polls.