President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed the mayoral candidacy of Pompee La Viña during the annual reunion of the Roa Clan in Cagayan De Oro City Friday.
Pompee is the standard bearer of the coalition candidates of the Centrist Democratic Party and the Padayon Pilipino regional political party in this year’s midterm election this year.
The CYNOSURE received the noticed about the endorsement Friday night from Pompee’s camp. Was the photo-endorsing Pompee a fake? How could that be when there was an estimated 2,000 members of the Roa clan who witnessed when Duterte raised the right hand of Pompee at the Limketkai’s Atrium Center?
Unlike the raising of the hand of the candidate who was running for congress in the city’s second district, Pompee’s endorsing was authentic. Actually, many doubted the raising of the hand of the congressional candidate because the photo posted on the candidate’s social media account has discrepancies. Some even described the photo as a “fake.”
Well, the candidate was overheard as saying that he was among those invited to attend the Roa Clan reunion Friday. Again, the reaction by those who heard of the candidate’s overture was sarcastically furious.
On the contrary, the CYNOSURE thinks It would have been better if the candidate was around to see for himself when Duterte personally endorsed Pompee’s candidacy.
No doubt, there are some members of the Roa clan in Cagayan De Oro City who have supported the incumbent city mayor. Certainly, following the endorsement of Duterte on Pompee’s mayoral candidacy, the Roas’ in the city would change course.
Starting this week, the atmosphere at the City Council would drastically change. This presumption is supported with the fact that there are members of the City Council who have bloodline – directly or indirectly with the Roa clan.
For instance, City Councilors Doc “Boboy” Daba, Zusette Daba, and Annie Daba are directly or indirectly related with the Roas. Of course, the City Councilors, identified with the incumbent City Mayor, would now cast doubts on the Daba’s political alliance.
As usual, the lapdogs at the City Council would be quicker to issue a litany of denials that the Dabas have now realigned with Pompee. That is expected. After all, the crew in the sinking boat would not make a drastic announcement to avoid passengers to run into a panic.
However, like it or not, the incumbent city administration is now panicky. Duterte’s endorsement of Pompee’s candidacy is a “game changer.” It was a strong message to all Duterte supporters to rally behind Pompee’s candidacy. Indeed, a change for real is imminent.
While it is too early to conclude, there is no denying of the impending political end of Mayor Oscar Moreno. His supporters are claiming that Moreno’s remains a strong candidate. Of course, Moreno is the incumbent. But, to boast about Moreno’s strong candidacy is a veiled admission that Moreno is now weaker.
Consider the cases filed against Moreno. On top of the anti-graft cases now pending in court, two cases were filed against Moreno last week – One, a disqualification case on the ground that Moreno has reportedly continued to exercise the duty of a city mayor when, in fact, he (Moreno) has already been dismissed and is perpetually disqualified to run for public office. Two, another plunder case involving alleged “overpricing” in the construction of “public schools,” which reportedly amounted to about P 900 million. Again, Moreno deserved his day in court. Tsk, tsk, tsk. The CYNOSURE could only heave a sigh of relief. -0- Email reactions/comments: email@example.com
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