Madaming hidden wealth! Floirendo refuses to campaign for Imee Marcos
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – In a sudden turn of events, Davao del Norte Second District Rep. Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo Jr. said he will not campaign for administration senatorial bet and incumbent Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.
In an ambush interview during Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) proclamation rally in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Floirendo said he could not assure a 12-0 win for HNP-backed senatorial bets because even him won’t go for a full Hugpong slate.
“Dapat (straight), di ba? Sila, di siguro kasi ako hindi rin magtu-twelve zero di ba” said Floirendo.
The Davao del Norte solon later expressed doubts when asked if he is supporting the senatorial bid of the Ilocos Norte Governor since the daughter of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos wants him to finance her campaign in the Davao Region despite having “hidden wealth.”
“Hindi (ko siya dala). Sana, kaso gusto niya akong gumastos eh wag na. Dami-daming hidden wealth niyan, wag na. Dami-daming hidden wealth,” Floirendo stressed.
Floirendo’s father, Antonio Sr., was among a group of close associates of the late dictator referred to as “Marcos cronies.”
The elder Floirendo was able to acquire the 6000-hectare banana plantation in Panabo, Davao del Norte, Philippines, earning him the monicker of “banana king” during the Marcos regime.
The Marcos mansion at 2442 Makiki Heights Drive in Honolulu, Hawaii, in which the former President spent the last years of his life in exile after his ouster in 1986, was registered under the name of Floirendo patriarch.