Former Davao del Norte governor Rodolfo “Dolfo” del Rosario has joined the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) and will contest the reelection of First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
Reports said Dolfo took his oath before Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, founder of the regional party HNP in Paranaque City this week when Inday Sara signed an alliance with nine national and local parties and political leaders.
The three national parties that have allied themselves with HNP are the Nacionalista Party (NP), National Unity Party (NUP), and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which are among the biggest political parties in the country.
On the other hand, the six local political groups are the Bohol-based Alyansa Bol-anon Alang sa Kausaban (KABAKA); Aggrupation of Party for Progress (APP) from Zamboanga del Norte; Ilocano Timpuyog from Ilocos Norte; Pampanga Kambilan; PaDayon Pilipino from Region 10 (Northern Mindanao); and Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP) from Quezon City.
The reports of Dolfo clashing with Alvarez ends speculations about his political plans. Previous reports had said that HNP had been luring Dolfo to run against Alvarez, the ex-House Speaker who is seeking his second term.
Dolfo, father of Governor Anthony del Rosario, had previously held the First District congressional post before becoming governor.
Speculations are that Dolfo is the only politician who clould beat Alvarez, secretary general of the PDP/Laban.
Alvarez’s reelection vehicle will be the PDP/Laban Alvarez Wing.
Other than facing a stiff opponent in Dolfo, Alvarez will have to stand up to the formidable political machinery of the tandem of Second District Rep. Antonio Floirendo and his cousin Gov. del Rosario.
Inday Sara has also said that HNP will go all-out in frustrating the reelection bid of Alvarez.