Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano III
ISABELA, Cagayan Valley, Philippines—Now running unopposed for governor of Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano III has renewed his call for reconciliation and unity in solving the many issues of the province.
“I call upon all parties to renew our commitment to our great province so that we continue with the high standards of local government excellence we have been recognized for,” Albano said in a statement on Wednesday.
He also said that it was important to remain sober and unified in the face of insinuations being made by the remainder of his opposition, candidate for Isabela vice governor Grace Padaca, who in a recent Facebook post has stirred up the possibility of connivance among the family of her running mate for governor Napoleon “Pol” Dy, who has dropped out of the race.
“nanyari ang hindi dapat mangyari-ang makipagsundo si pol dy kina rodito albano at bojie dy na i-withdraw ang kanditatura niya bilang governor ng Isabela. Ito ang gusto o utos ng kanilang kuya- si dating governor junior dy,” the FB post said.
(“The improbable has happened–the agreement of Pol Dy with Rodito Albano and Bojie Dy to withdraw his candidacy as Governor of Isabela. This is the wish or command of their older brother former governor Junior Dy.”
Padaca also cited a long courtship process to convince her to run with a member of the Dy family who she has actively accused of setting up a political dynasty.
According to her post it took her a long time to consider her decision, amidst assurances by Pol Dy’s allies that his intentions to run were genuine.
“noong kinukumbinse pa lang nila ako sa grupo nila, madiin noong tinanong sa akin ni junior dy ‘anong guarantiya ang gusto mo, grace, para maniwala kang hindi lang ito drama sa pamilya- na sa huli ang mananalo din ay dy sa governor at dy sa vice-governor. Sabihin mo kung anong garantiya ang gusto mo.”
(“When they were convincing me with their group, Junior Dy firmly asked me “What guarantee do you want, Grace, for you to believe that this is not a drama of the family– that in the end a Dy will win as Governor and a Dy will win as Vice-Governor. Tell me what guarantee you want.”)
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