TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- On the day he was sworn in as the new provincial chairman of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Cagayan governor Manuel threw tirades against his former party Liberal Party (LP).
In a press briefing on Friday, November 11, Mamba said the Aquino administration did not deliver his “expectation” for the province, especially in kicking out his political nemeses.
Mamba, who was the former regional chairman of LP in Cagayan Valley in the 2016 elections, said he kept asking the administration of Aquino to address corruption, rampant illegal gambling, and blacksand mining in Cagayan, but these had stayed on.
He said it was “impressive” that this had happened during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The truth is, I don’t even know si Duterte. Iyong inaasahan kong dapat mangyari sa Cagayan, siya ang nakagawa eh,” Mamba said.
He said he had just kept quiet when he was in the cabinet of former President Benigno Aquino III “because of the presence of vested interests.”
Mamba said he had also asked Aquino to remove the administration of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) from Jose Mari Ponce, but it was never granted.
He had been one of the staunchest critics of CEZA, saying “all the foolishness” is happening under the ground of the agency.
Only it was during the Duterte administration when lawyer Raul Lambino took over.
“I kept quiet because ‘yung vested interest na nandoon. Hindi ko kaya baka ako ‘yung sipain. So I just waited, through 1 and a half years, kita ninyo naman. Dati monopoly yang CEZA, ngayon nawala na,” Mamba said. Northernforum.net