DAVNOR’S POLITICAL KINGPIN TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT
Former Governor Rodolfo “Dolfo” del Rosario, considered as the political kingpin of Davao del Norte, is coming out of political retirement to deal a blow to the reelection bid of House Speaker Pantaleon in the First District congressional race in 2019.
Dolfo will run under the banner of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), a regional party organized by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and the five governors of the Davao Region.
Dolfo has transferred residence from Igacos City to Tagum City in what is seen as a prelude to his face-off with the Speaker in the mid-term election.
Igacos City belongs to the 2nd congressional district represented in Congress by Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. Tagum City is part of the 1st congressional district of Alvarez.
Dolfo is the other half the old Floirendo-Del Rosario machinery that ruled Davao del Norte’s political landscape for decades.
The Floirendo-Del Rosario combine continues to make its presence felt in current politics in Governor Anthony G. “AGR” del Rosario, the former governor’s son, and his cousin, Rep. Floirendo Jr., son of the late Don Antonio Floirendo, Sr., founder of the giant Cavendish banana producer and exporter Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco).
Long before Alvarez, the Floirendos and the del Rosarios were already considered as the political kingpins of Davao del Norte. Their influence is also deeply felt in the local economy through the Floirendo-owned Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco), one of the province’s biggest employer and tax payer.
Before the 2016 election, where he was helped by Floirendo win as congressman, Alvarez was an inconsequential dot in the Davao del Norte political landscape. He had lost two previous congressional races before winning in 2016, with Floirendo funding his campaign.
With the established political machinery of the Floirendo-Del Rosario combine and the loyal politicians that gravitated around them for decades, Alvarez and his reelection is in danger, observers say. Dolfo lately has become visible in Alvarez’s district attending government and social events and regrouping his political leaders.