CAGAYAN, Philippines- The supposed opposition party seeking to challenge the ruling party of incumbent Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III and the Albanos has disbanded.
This came after Isabela 3rd District Representative Napoleon Dy withdrew his candidacy for governor on Thursday, November 29, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) finalizes the name of the candidates that will be printed in the ballots.
Napoleon was supposed to fight it out with Isabela 1st District Representative Rodito Albano, who partnered with Governor Faustino as his vice gubernatorial bet.
When he filed his candidacy, Napoleon said he decided to fight his brother Faustino’s ruling party due to their “corruption” in the capitol. He even convinced with former Governor Grace Padaca, considered the Dys’ strongest nemesis in recent years,to be his vice gubernatorial tandem.
He also released a press statement claiming the P1.6-billion Ilagan-Divilacan road project of the provincial government was “unfinished, overpriced and anti-environment.”
The rift between the Dy brothers, however, seemed resolved on Thursday as the two were seen together when Napoleon withdrew his candidacy. Napoleon reportedly said, “Pamilya muna bago politika.” (Family first before politics.)
Padaca not withdrawing
In a press statement on Friday, November 30, Padaca said she will not back out even after the withdrawal of Napoleon.
Padaca revealed that Napoleon and Partylist Representative Jose Panganiban went to her home in Cauayan City on Wednesday, November 28, to inform her about the withdrawal.
She said it was Benjamin Dy Jr, the oldest among of the Dy brothers, who convinced Napoleon to withdraw his candidacy. Benjamin, according to Padaca, was also the one who convinced her to run under Napoleon.
“Noong pumayag akong kumandidato bilang vice-governor katambal ni [Napoleon], nasa isip ko ang imahe niyang hindi siya kayang hawakan o diktahan kahit ng kanilang kuya [Benjamin], na hindi siya lumaki kasama ang ma-politikang pamilya nina [Faustino Dy III] kaya’t kahit paano ay iba siya kung mag-isip,” Padaca said in her statement.
(When I agreed to run as vice governor and a tandem with [Napoleon], I was considering the image of [Napoleon] that he won’t get dictated, even by their brother Benjamin; that he did not grow up together with the politicized family of Faustino Dy III, so somehow, his thinking is different among them.)
‘Fighting the political dynasty’
Padaca has often criticized the political dynasty of the Dys even before she agreed to ally with one.
When she filed her candidacy, Padaca said she was hesitant because her stance against political dynasties would be questioned.
It was, according to her, the plan of Napoleon to spill out the alleged corruption of Faustino in the provincial capitol that made her to finally agree with the alliance.
On Friday, she renewed her attacks against the political dynasty of the Dys in Isabela, who have taken hold of key positions in the province since 1960s.
Two Dys are running for congressman in the newly created congressional districts of Isabela.. Another Dy, the son of Napoleon, is seeking to take the seat of his father.
Six more Dys are seeking for positions as mayors, provincial board member, and town councilors.
“Baka ang ibig nilang sabihin, “Mas mahalaga: ang pamilya sa politika,”” Padaca said.
(Maybe what they meant is, “What is more important: family in politics.” Northernforum.net