First District Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez is dead wrong if he thinks he can buy votes of Davao del Norte voters with a few kilos of rice. Ex-Speaker Alvarez, running for reelection in the coming May polls, has been in a rice-giving spree in what is now called as the Alvarice Politics, as he parries off an impending loss against Governor Anthony “AGR” del Rosario in the race for Congress.
Also jokingly called as BOT2 or Botbot, a take-off from Alvarez’s nickname Bebot, the Alvarice Politics actually consists of 2 kilos of rice, 2 cans of sardines and 2 packets of noodles. The camp of Alvarez proclaims that the Alvarice Politics has lifted Davao del Norte people from hunger. Alongside the Alvarice Politics rice distribution is the black propaganda peddled by the media bureau of the Alvarez camp, primarily composed of blocktime unlicensed radio brodcasters also engaged in the Last Two “winning numbers” racket, that the Del Rosarios (Governor AGR”, Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario Jr, who is running for governor, and their father former governor Rodolfo “RDR” del Rosario Sr); and Second District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo have not lifted the province from poverty and that the province has gone nowhere during the many years that the Del Rosarios and Floirendo have been in public office. Alvarez on the other hand is projected as a Knight in Shining Armor coming to a starving people who can’t buy rice because of the current administration. Alvarez and his Alvarice Politics want to picture the people of Davao del Norte as “patay gutom” so here comes Alvarez who should be reelected as congressman because he has 2 kilos of rice, 2 cans of sardines and 2 packets of noodles to give to the “patay gutom” Dabaonons. This is an insult to the people of the province considered as the most prosperous in the Davao Region. This is also an insult to all government officials and employees who all these years gave their best to contribute to the development of the province. This is a big insult to the private sector, who hand in hand with the local government helped push Davao del Norte’s progress and development. Who wants to put into office a politician who looks at voters as “patay gutom”? Well, not the Davao del Norte people. And who is this Alvarez? He has been in office for only about three years now but has full of hot air to brag that he has outdone the Del Rosdarios and Floirendo in terms of performance. But he had been out of sight for fifteen years since abandoning his post in Congress won in the 1998 election for a post in the Arroyo administration where he was charged for graft for involvement in an anomalous government contract. He has made comeback attempts but was rejected and lost in two elections. He won in 2016 because of help from friends in politics whom he is fighting now. That is your Alvarez, who was ousted as Speaker of the House of Representatives after only two years in office and who is coming back to woe voters of Davao del Norte whom he calls “patay gutom.” The beauty in Philippine election is that rice-giving has become a tradilitional political strategy designed to lure votes. The more politicians there are, the more rice are given free. The bad thing about rice-giving is that some politicians call voters as “patay gutom” who can be bought with 2 kilos of rice. Alvarez has no monopoly over rice-giving and the camp of AGR is not going to allow Alvarez to deceive Davao del Norte voters with his rice-giving spree. We heard that Capitol has also been giving rice but this is in aid of public service. Alvarez’s Alvarice Politics is in aid of election.