Davao del Norte former Governor Rodolfo “Dolfo” del Rosario has been seen lately in various events in the First District, raising speculations he is coming out of political retirement to  take a crack at the congressional post in 2019.


Del Rosario is being lured by the newly-formed Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnB) to contest the reelection of incumbent congressman, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

HnP is a regional party organized by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio together with Davao Region governors Tyron Uy of Compostela Valley, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur, Anthony del Rosario of Davao del Norte and Claude Bautista of Davao Occidental.

Dolfo is considered in political circles in the province as the only candidate who could beat Alvarez.

The former governor was last seen weeks ago as guest in Asuncion town during the State of Municipal Address of political ally Mayor Eufranio Dayaday.

Dolfo answered with a loaded reply when asked if his presence in Asuncion meant he is now in the campaign trail: Nobody can stop me from going around my favorite district.

Before his visit to Asuncion, Dolfo was also seen attending events in other municipalities.

Alvarez, the secretary general of ruling PDP-Laban of President Rodrigo Duterte, recently created a roar when he described HnP as an “opposition party.”

Badly hurt, HnP chairman and chief convenor Duterte-Carpio reacted to this by calling Alvarez an “asshole” and a liability to the administration of his father.

Alvarez’s blast at HnP also led to the mass resignation from PDP-Laban of the Davao Region governors.

Duterte-Carpio has vowed to campaign against Alvarez when he seeks reelection in 2019.

Dolfo has a reason to eliminate Alvarez from the political landscape of the province.

Alvarez is hounding the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) with a House inquiry on the legality of the company’s land deal with the Bureau of Corrections involving lands of the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol). Tadeco is a pioneering banana company founded in the 60s by del Rosario and the late banana magnate Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.

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