Some 10,000 friends and supporters of Gov. Roel Ragay
Degamo and his team attended the proclamation rally of
the PDP Laban candidates in the province held Sunday at the Freedom Park, Dumaguete City.
Degamo and his running mate Dr. Henry Sojor were proclaimed by priests, pastors and leaders from different churches in the province including the Imam.
The Pari Pastors Alang sa Pulitikanhong Kabag-ohan (PAPAPULKAB) also conducted a simultaneous caravan from Basay and Canlaon and ended up here in Dumaguete City.
In his message, Rev. Everet Mendoza cited the reasons why Gov. Degamo gets the support of the majority of the Negrenses especially the masses. He said it is only now that the people see a governor who is sincere and who truly feels for the poor.
Mendoza said 85 percent of the 1.5 million people in Negros Oriental belong to the poor. He added that Degamo belongs to the new breed of politicians while his opponents are traditional politicians.
According to Mendoza, the upcoming political exercise is a battle between the poor and the rich. He criticized the reported vote-buying by some local candidates and compared it to products sold in the market in which the rich politicians wanted to buy it at a bulk and cheaper price.
Meanwhile, Degamo in his message cited his major accomplishments in his 24-month stay as governor in the province saying no other governor can surpass his records.
He mentioned, among others the concreting of a 70 kilometer provincial road, improvement of hospitals and health centers especially in the remote barangays and the establishment of different public schools.
He challenged his opponents especially former Finance Secretary Gary Teves to report to the people what he had done while the Teveses keep on occupying the congressional seat in the third district.
As to Congresswoman Limkaichong, Degamo told the people that the lady lawmaker likened the province into a corporation where members of the immediate family run the business.
It can be recalled that after the stint of Congresswoman Limkaichong as mayor in La Libertad, her husband succeeded the mayoralty post while her nephew En-en Iway was the vice-mayor. This coming election, Limkaichong’s brother-in-law Atty. Manuel Iway run for congressman in the first district.
Degamo reiterated that he did not aspire to become a governor but he was chosen by God to occupy the governorship in order to stop the political dynasty in the province. (by Choy Gallarde)