Rumors are spreading in Davao City’s Third District that barangay captains who would not support Councilor Kaloy Bello for congressman would be disowned by the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.
Bello is the candidate of the sominant local party Hugpong headed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Apparently spread by the camp of Bello, the rumor aims to drive away support for Alberto Ungab, brother of last-termer Congressman Isidro Ungab, who is also running for the district congressional post.
The Ungabs also belong to the Hugpong, but are putting a challenge after Duterte named Bello as official candidate of the Hugpong in the 2016 election.
Sources from the Ungab camp deplored what they call as ‘black propaganda’ that dragged the name of Duterte.
The sources said the Ungabs are certain that Duterte would not dip his fingers into the congressional race as the contenders are from Hugpong.
We expect that the Third District would be declared as a “free zone” without Duterte intervening in the contest, said the sources.
Duterte said he picked Bello due to an old promise he made to his long-time friend Silvestre Bello, father of Kaloy and congressman representing the party list group 1-BAP, , that the last-termer councilor would get the slot when Congressman Ungab runs out his third and last term.
But there is a strong clamor for Alberto Ungab to follow in the footstep of his brother.
Alberto is the chief-of-staff of Congressman Ungab and has the experience to be able to continue the programs of his brother.
The Ungab-Bello race is seen as a contest between a candidate whose short experience in government was locked in the halls of the Davao City Council against another who has in his hands a strong grasp of congressional work.
Congressman Ungab, chair of the powerful House committee on ways and means and appropriations, is being credited with millions of pesos of projects brought into the Third District.