PANGLAO, Bohol – Even if it’s still more than a year from now to elections next year, patronage politics in this town is now brewing with “ABC” against “MF.” Ex-Mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan with a handful of supporters stormed public market in a mass action to dramatize their disgust over the plan of incumbent officials led by Mayor Leonila Montero and Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes to avail of PhP35 million loan with the bank to build new municipal hall.
But what Dumaluan revealed it’s not only his tirades on loan but his plan to make a comeback that is seen here as severing his ties with Montero poltically, a resident here said in interview. Dumaluan told the listeners and onlookers infront of the not-so-busy public market that, if plans don’t go haywire, he’ll try to combine forces of formers mayors Benedicto Alcala and Bon plus his nickname “Cheche” or “ABC” for Alcala, Bon and Cheche. MF stands for Montero and Fuertes.
He said with the combined ABC forces, they’ll try to bring down Montero’s administration because of what he called corruption and immorality allegedly perpetrated by the present dispensation. Thus, he coined and organized “PALICO” for Panglao Against Loan, Immorality and Corruption.
But he did not say if he was the standard bearer as mayoralty bet of the “ABC” tandem neither did he mention his slate.
For his part, Alcala told a radio interview yesterday that he is inclined to pair with Dumaluan but no formality has been dealt with yet. But he hinted even if he’s just a candidate for councilor.
Both Dumaluan and Alcala were once bitter enemies and fought for supremacy in the polls but the latter won.
Dumaluan and Montero joined forces in the 2013 elections that catapulted the latter as lady chief executive of this town.
Fuertes was the vice-mayoralty bet of then vice-mayor Dr. Evangeline Bon-Lazaro. Like Alcala, Bon-Lazaro, who tried to become mayor, was defeated by Monterto in three-cornered fight in 2013 polls.
Fuertes in earlier interview said that he bonded with incumbent mayor Montero when he won for vice-mayor to show to Panglaoanons that the executive and legislative can unite and work together for peace and progress of this premier tourist town.
During the past administrations, the mayor’s office and Sangguniang Bayan were always in chaotic atmosphere since they cannot agree in certain programs of the former, reports said.
A resident said that the executive-legislative row once resulted to automatic adoption of annual budget in preceding year since the SB refused to be dictated during Alcala’s regime.