MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers were surprised to hear yesterday that Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. had been booted out of the House’s 12-member contingent to the Commission on Appointments (CA).
House Deputy Majority Leader and Pampanga Rep. Juan Pablo Bondoc announced the House leadership decision to replace Floirendo during a plenary.
Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano III, originally a member of the administration-allied Nacionalista Party (NP), took over the post of the banana king who got his entitlement in the powerful bicameral body from his membership in the ruling PDP-Laban party and his close friendship with President Duterte.
Albano had just switched allegiance from NP to PDP-Laban, entitling him to a vice chairmanship in the appointments commission. The post previously belonged to Floirendo, also the Duterte campaign contributor in 2016.
Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, another NP nominee, replaced Albano.
Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato of the Liberal Party has been retained in accordance with the agreement by the majority coalition on party representation or allocation in the CA, which is composed of 12 congressmen and 12 senators.
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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Floirendo have been at odds since October 2016 after their girlfriends had a squabble. Their misunderstanding worsened when Alvarez initiated a House inquiry on the alleged anomaly involving his former buddy’s banana plantation’s deal with the government.
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IF you hadn’t noticed, President Duterte’s war against the rule of the Philippine oligarchy has started, and gone into high gear.
A part of this offensive is the move to collect billions in taxes allegedly evaded by the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s controlling owner, the Rufino family, and to recover prime government land that they’ve held for nearly four decades, as well as his threat not to renew the franchise of the Lopez clan’s ABS-CBN television network.
This campaign’s long-term consequences are as important as those of his war against illegal drugs, what with the consensus in serious studies of the Philippines that it has been this cacique kind of oligarchy in our country that is the major root of its underdevelopment.
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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – For Davao del Norte 2nd district Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., politics was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s motivation for suing him for graft over his family’s banana business deal with the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor).
But for Floirendo’s common-law-wife, Cathy Binag, the kink in the relationship of the two Duterte allies started when Alvarez’s wife, Emily, and their children ran to them for help over the Speaker’s reported womanizing.
Floirendo and Alvarez had always been the best of friends. In the 2016 elections, Floirendo bankrolled Alvarez’s campaign for the congressional seat of Davao del Norte’s 1st district. He also aggressively backed him up for the speakership.
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