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In Davao del Norte, reelectionist First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and his candidate for Governor are in a stiff fight in the race to the bottom of pre-poll surveys for the coming May election.

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Alvarez, his political stock downed by his ouster in July as Speaker of the House of Representatives and battered by allegations of corruption, was a few points away from Zero in the survey conducted by Pulso Dabaw.
Gubernatorial bet Edwin Jubahib, a virtual unknown and candidate of Alvarez’s “Alvarez Wing” competed with Alvarez in the neck-to-neck race to the bottom of the survey, the first by the Davao Region-based pollster in relation to the 2019 mid-term election.
The survey was conducted during the period January 8-14, 2019 involving 1,200 repondents. Three Pulso Dabaw five-member teams separately generated results of the survey in face-to-face encounters with respondents of voting age in the province (500 respondents), First Congressional District (350 repondents) and Second Congressional District (350 respondents).
In the race for Governor, Rodney del Rosario was picked by 284 repondents or 81 percent against Jubahib’s 59 or 17%. 2% or seven of the respondents were undecided. 
In the First District race, Anthony del Rosario clobbered Alvarez with a high 255 respondents (73%) against the former Speaker who got the nod of a measly 77 or 22%. The undecided numbered 18 repondents (5%).
Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. in the Second District survey, was picked by 322 respondents (92%) with Dujali netting an extremely low 21 (6%), with 7 (2%) in the Undecided bracket.
Rodney del Rosario, a sitting member of the Provincial Board, and younger brother, incumbent Governor Anthony del Rosario are cousins of Floirendo.
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The Del Rosarios and Floirendo are running under the banner of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party organized by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Alvarez, Jubahib and Dujali carry the banner of the Alvarez Wing, a local bloc aligned with the PDP/Laban, of which Alvarez is the secretary general.
Jovita Salvador, Pulso Dabaw chief executive officer, said the survey is uncommissioned.
Salvador said it would release soon results of survey conducted during the period January 15-28, which shall include a poll on voters’ preference in the cities of Igacos (Island Garden City of Samal), Tagum and Panabo.
She explained that its first surveys zeroed in on Davao del Norte as it is the only province in the Davao Region where the coming election is “most politically pronounced.”
Salvador said that while there is also a “hot contest’ in the race for Governor in Davao del Sur, candidates for top positions in other provinces (Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental) are either reelectionist incumbents backed by Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s HNP or are facing only token opposition.



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Dako gayud ang akong kalipay nga makabisita bisan pa man sa kaguot sa akong mga schedules sa mga tinuod ug walay puas nga nagamahal sa Pamilyang Del Rosario. 

Sama ni kanhi kapitan Jose Lopez dinha sa Barangay Sampao, Kapalong, Davao del Norte. Kung unsa mi ninyo kamahal, doble pa ang among pagmahal kaninyo. 

Gihatag pud nato ang Wheel Chair nga dugay na niyang gipanganduy arun nga siya maka lihok lihok pa sa ilang balay. #AGRee ko sa imong walay puas nga pagsalig samoa Kap Jose. 

DURIAN BEAT: JUBAHIB – From bus conductor to security guard to train conductor


Despite his looming defeat, EDWIN JUBAHIB, the ambitious former bus conductor who wants to be governor of Davao del Norte, has a future ahead of him.
Ranged against Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario Jr. in the race for Governor in the coming May mid-term election, Jubahib, aka Kuya Edwin, aka Ugahip, could graduate from being a former bus conductor to become a train conductor.

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In between if he wins, which is presposterously unbelievable, Jubahib could turn out to be a security guard at the Davao del Norte Capitol.
One of Jubahib’s favorite campaign line is that if he wins he would open Capitol to the public up to midnight and that he would be holding office there 24/7.
If he holds office 24/7 at Capitol, which is again preposterously unbelievable because he could never win, Jubahib would be acting as the Capitol security guard (SG’s work 24/7, di ba?) to demean the office of the governor.


You cannot fault people who say Jubahb is an ignoramus who has no inkling whatsoever on how to run a government office much less the Office of the Governor. His dream to become governor is not only a shot at the moon; It is a ticket to a mental institution.
His promise to open Capitol to the public up to midnight and to hold office there 24/7 is funny if not insane. The public transact business with Capitol during the day not in the wee hours of the dawn!
Besides, the Civil Service mandates only an 8am to 5pm official work time for government employees. Jubahib could be charged with expropriation of public property if he uses Capitol for his own whim and caprice, beyond mandated office hours for those in government service.
Remember Senator Antonio “Trililing” Trillanes who holed himself up 24/7 in his office in the Senate to avoid a warrant of arrest over rebellion charges in 2007? Senate President Tito Toto had said that Trililing expropriated for himself government property and should pay light and water bills. 
If Jubahib wins, which is again preposterously unbelievable, and orders Capitol employees to work up to midnight and holds office 24/7 in his office, he could be charged for misuse of public property and ordered to pay light and water bills and overtime pay for the Capitol workers!
Why do we say that Jubahib is a sure loser? Because his fate is entwined with that of First District Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, whose own reelection is doomed. Jubahib is the candidate of Alvarez, whose reelection is being contested by Gov. AGR.


Rodney is backed by the formidable political powerhouse team of his brother Gov. Anthony “AGR” del Rosario, his father and nmesake veteran politician Rodolfo “RDR” del Rosario Sr, and cousin Second District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo. 
Add to that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). HNP has put up a full slate against the Alvarez Wing of Alvarez.
Alvarez’s credility has gone down to the bottom following his ouster in July as Speaker of the House, only less than two years of holding the post over issues of corruption, among others.
He has also been called as a “snake in the grass” for fighting the Floirendos and the Del Rosarios despite their having ressurected his political career (Alvarez was a loser in two previous elections against candidates of the Floirendos and Del Rosarios) by helping him win his congressional post in the 2016 election. It is said that Floirendo, who contributed P70 million to the 2016 presidential campaign of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, also convinced President Duterte to have Alvarez named as House Speaker.
Alvarez is also accused of deleting, as the then House Speaker, in the national budget development funds for Davao del Norte following a spat with Tonyboy reported as triggered by a public quarrel between their girlfriends. 
Alvarez, apparently drunk with power as Speaker, made life harder for his former friend and political ally by filing a graft case gainst Floirendo and initiating a House inquiry into a Floirendo company.
Alvarez practically positioned himself against one of the sparkplugs of the Davao del Norte economy by questioning the legality of a joint venture between the government and Floirendo-owned giant Cavendish banana company Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO).
The deal involved an unproductive reservation area of the Davao Penal Colony that Tadeco developed into a banana plantation that earned millions of pesos in taxes for government and employed thousands including inmates of the penal colony.
Tadeco is credited with having placed the province in the map of the world’s biggest banana producers. For decades, the company has been a key player in Davao del Norte’s progress and economic development. 
Alvarez’s attack on Tadeco and Floirendo is practically an attack against the province’s economy, against businesses linked with Tadeco’s banana production and against the people of Davao del Norte and the thousands of workers employed by the company.
If we want to look deep into the sentiments of the Dabaonons, Alvarez could be the most hated persona in Davao del Norte today. 
To add to the woes of the ex-Speaker, presidential daughter Mayor Sara has also called Alvarez an asshole and a liability to the Duterte administration. She has vowed to campaign against his reelection, for calling the HNP, the regional political party she organized, as an “opposition party.” 
It is reported that Mayor Sara played key role in the ouster of Alvarez as Speaker and her apparent anger could doom the ex-Speaker’s reelection, when she invades Davao del Norte to campaign for Gov. AGR, Tonyboy and Rodney and other HNP bets.
For all his sins, we should just allow Alvarez to wallow in his political misfortune when the dust of the May polls would have settled down. He deserves it.
But let us sympathize with Jubahib, his personal assistant he whimsically lured to run for governor under his Alvarez Wing in his quixotic fight against the political giants of the pprovince.
There is still hope in the future for Jubahib, the former bus conductor.
His mentor, Alvarez, has been persistentlly claiming that the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the Mindanao Railway Transit (MRT) was funded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) when he was the sitting Speaker. 
Fact is that credit-grabbing Alvarez has nothing to do with the mega-project, which is being funded by the Chinese government and implemented as part of President Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” progam.
Jubahib has also been repeating Alvarez’s claim so that we suspect he thinks he should get something out of the MRT.
Well, when the May poll is over, and Jubahib finds himself jobless, he could apply as train conductor in the MRT on the recommendation of his credit-grabbing mentor Alvarez.
As we said Jubahib has a future ahead after the election —- from bus conductor to train conductor!



sara 1Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio will start her campaign to frustrate the reelection bid of Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez  in April at the homestretch to the 2019 mid-term elections on May 13.

Governor Anthony “AGR” del Rosario said Inday Sara prior to April will be touring the country to campaign for senatorial candidates of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party that she founded.
While ensuring Alvarez’s political debacle, Inday Sara was also expected to mount a campaign in support of the HNP, whose banner is carried in Davao del Norte by Governor Anthony del Rosario who is contesting the Congress seat of Alvarez, 2nd District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. vs. Vice Governor Allan Dujali and Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario Jr. for governor against virtual unknown Edwin Jubahib of the Alvarez Wing of Alvarez.


Inday Sara’s political muscle was expected to get more sting in dealing a death blow to Alvarez’s doomed fate, former governor Rodolfo “RDR” del Rosario Sr., AGR’s and Rodney’s father,  acting as campaign manager of the HNP.    
Inday Sara in early July vowed to campaign against Alvarez as the then Speaker of the House of Representatives described the HNP as an “opposition party.”
HNP is a regional political party organized by the presidential daughter in support of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Badly hurt by the remark, Inday Sara called Alvarez an “asshole,” and “a liability to the Duterte administration,” and urged House members to kick out Alvarez as Speaker.
In mid-July of that month, Alvarez would be ousted in a coup and replaced by former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Reports said Inday Sara played key role in Alvarez’s ouster.

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Inday Sara has also vowed to personally campaign against Alvarez, with HNP fielding a full slate in Davao del Norte against the Alvarez Wing of the ousted Speaker.     
Inday Sara has expressed her full support to HNP and wants a clean sweep in next year’s polls in Davao del Norte, said AGR in his speech at the opening and blessing of the HNP provincial headquarters in Tagum City on Saturday, December 8.
Attending the event were Floirendo, AGR, Rodney, RDR and  mayors and councilors of the HNP. 

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