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Monching calls CDP ‘frog’; Eric hits back

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent

POLITICIANS from the Padayon Pilipino and the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) yesterday figured in a word war started by a congressional candidate who called the group of Rep. Rufus Rodriguez a “political frog.”

Councilor Ramon Tabor criticized Rodriguez and his partymates, calling them politicians with no political loyalty.

Councilor Enrico Salcedo, who is seeking reelection under the CDP, lashed out at Tabor for his “frog” remark. He said Tabor was merely not used to group decisions because only one man calls the shots in the Padayon Pilipino.

Tabor, incidentally, is Padayon Pilipino’s congressional candidate for congressman in the city’s 2nd District, a seat that would be vacated by Rodriguez who is campaigning for the city’s mayoral post, and which is being sought by the congressman’s brother Maximo Jr..

Tabor said Rodriguez’s recent announcement that the CDP has chosen Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its presidential candidate did not speak well of Rodriguez’s leadership.

“In one radio interview, he (Rodriguez) said he was for Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party, and he even chanted ‘RoRoRo’ or Rojas, Robredo, Rodriguez,” he said.

Tabor said that weeks later, Rodriguez’s brother Maximo Jr., Abante Mindanao’s representative and CDP’s congressional candidate in the 2nd District, allegedly placed a streamer of Sen. Grace Poe at their office in Barangay Nazareth.

“And then just last week, they declared that they are for Duterte,” Tabor said. “Mao ni sila ang gitawag nga bakbak sa politika.”

Tabor cautioned Duterte. “Naniguro kini sila kung kinsa’y kusog. Kung ako si Duterte, maniguro pud ko kung kinsa ba gyud ang akong supportahan. Asa ba gyud ang tinuod ani–Roxas, Poe o Duterte? Mao kini ang gitawag sab nga namangka sa tatlong ilog.”

Rodriguez’s partymate Councilor Enrico Salcedo hit back at Tabor, saying the Padayon Pilipino candidate did not understand the concept of consultations.

Salcedo said that in the CDP, decisions are made collectively, and not by one man.

Salcedo said the decision to support Duterte was a result of consultations from the barangay, candidates up to the top CDP leadership.

“Rufus is only following the majority rule. He admitted that he is personally for Roxas but during our selection process, he also declared that he would respect and follow the decision of the majority,” Salcedo said.

He said Duterte won by a landslide when CDP members met and voted.

“I used to be a member of the Padayon Pilipino, and then the LP. It’s only now that I am seeing a party leader bowing down to the wishes of majority of party members,” Salcedo said.

The majority, however, was only composed of 19 candidates and 23 district leaders. According to Rodriguez, 26 voted for Duterte, five for former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II, five for Sen. Grace Poe, two for Vice President Jejomar Binay and none for Sen. Miriam Santiago.

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Lito Rulona is a veteran newspaperman and broadcaster who covered many of the biggest stories in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao since the early 90s.

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    Botboton ba nis Salcedo! Bakbak bitaw tawag nimo kay kadaghan ka man diay nilokso! Korek man nas Tabor bisag di ko mobotar niya. Kanang grupo ni Rufus oportunista kana. Abi kay kusog si Du30 didto dayon dikit. Tanawa ra gud, iyang igsoon toa ni Poe ug medyo nakadikit pa gyud ni Roxas. Dili diay na BAKBAK? Salcedo otrong way boot!

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    baki man c rufus,,, cgurista… grabe ka trapo…

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      nag pa klaro na gyod si rr na baga ug nawong walay baruganan.unsaon nalang kung kani na klase na tao mahimong mayor sa cdeo pagkalooy sa katawhan sa cdeo na puno ug bakak.busa panawagan ko sa mga botante sa cdeo ayaw palingla sa sa sapi ni rr kamo ra guihapon ang magbassol

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    ANG TAWO NGA WAY BARUGANAN,, RUFUS..
    JANUS FACE…

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    Kani salcedo utro pa Ning trapo. Tinuod si tabor Kay pareho man sila. Basta sa amoa enough for violet and never orange. For now yellow sa gyud mi. Tiaw mo na si Rufus, 4 Lang ka klasrum sa south city central 6million? Repainting sa baranggay Bayabas Lupon building 500k? 100 meters nga concreting multi million? Duha ka cr sa usa ka tunghaan sobra pud ug half million? Mobotar lugar ta ani?

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    Rufus is a great leader. We definitely need this kind of leadership. United kaayo na grupo, solid kaayo.

    Wala pa na mayor, pero daghan na nahimo sa CDO!

    Go Team Rufus! We support you!

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    kini ra ba pud si eric salcedo financier pud ni sa “masiao” pa atong una, parehas ni ni apa ug eronico sa panahon pa ni dongkoy. dili ika paningala nga mahimong bakbak kauban sa iyang kandidato pagka mayor nga hilabihang bakbaka.

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    E-pal na si Rufus! Ayaw mo botar anang inahak nga balimbing. Ako maka-DU30 ko ug lunsayng Pederalista pero di gyud ko mobotar anang Rufus bisan gasuporta pa na siya kang DU30 ug sa kausa sa Pederalismo. Oportunista na siyang dako. Gusto mosakay bisan asa nga medyo kusog para lang sa iyahang personal nga ambisyon!

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