Floirendo bids goodbye to his speakership dream after defeat in Davao del Norte
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte second district Rep. Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo Jr. can say goodbye to his dream of becoming the next Speaker of the House of Representative after being defeated in the province’s congressional race in this year’s midterm elections.
Floirendo’s foe, incumbent Vice Gov. Aldu Dujali, on Monday ended the lawmaker’s decades-long dominance in the province after defeating him by more than 22,000 votes.
Dujali had 125,170 votes as of 12:26 p.m. of May 14, compare to Floirendo’s 92,679 with 99.59 percent of election returns already been transmitted.
The incumbent vice governor running under the ticket of former House Speaker and incumbent first district Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez.
Alvarez himself has obliterated his foe, incumbent Gov. Anthony del Rosario in the Davao de Norte’s first legislative district after defeating him by more than 95,000 votes. Del Rosario is Floirendo’s cousin,
Last month, Alvarez poked fun of Floirendo after the latter announced that he’s seeking to become the country’s next House Speaker in the next Congress this coming July. Alvarez then questioned his estranged best friend’s winnability in his own district.
“Hahaha! Sigurado ba siya (Floirendo) manalo sa election?” Alvarez said in a Viber message sent to Politiko last April.
Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Floirendo were reportedly behind the the successful House coup in July 2018 that led to the ouster of Alvarez from the Speakership.
Floirendo was President Rodrigo Duterte’s top donor in the 2016 Presidential polls, after shelling out P75 million in the chief executive’s campaign.