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Mayor calls for unity among NegOr politicians



Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is calling on politicians to unite and discuss the proposed federal form of government rather than engage in personal fights.

The mayor issued his call as he was being asked to referee a boxing bout between Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and 3rd district Rep. Arnulfo Teves, Jr.

Remollo said on Tuesday afternoon that he would rather moderate in a roundtable discussion about amendments to the Constitution, rather than act as a referee in a fistfight.

The city chief executive stressed that with federalism being pushed by the President, politicians in the province would have to unite, especially since the mode of amending the Constitution was through the Constituent Assembly.

He said the province needed the representation of congressmen during the amendment process. But if petty bickering would prevail, the voice of Dumagueteños and Negrenses alike would not be heard as to what amendment they would propose, he added.

“Instead of fighting each other and debating on personal matters, I sincerely believe it is high time that we moderate in a roundtable discussion for the benefit of our constituents,” Mayor Remollo said, pointing out that the present discussion would be geared towards genuine autonomy through federalism.

He further said now was the time for elected public officials in the province, cities, and municipalities to work together for the benefit of their respective constituencies.

Everybody has to respect the fact that they are all elected public officials and those who cannot accept the current leadership, they can campaign in the next election, but it should not end up in a fistfight.

Remollo jokingly said that if it had to be through boxing, Rep. Manny Pacquiao would certainly win the presidency.

This was Remollo’s reaction when allegedly requested by the congressman to be the referee as soon as Gov. Degamo accepted his challenge to a fistfight, which he himself heard over the radio in Dumaguete City recently.

Remollo, however, said he did not think Rep. Teves had really the intention of boxing it out with Gov. Degamo because he knew he was a public official.

The mayor likewise admires the governor for not responding violently to the challenge.

He said in politics there were no permanent alliances, in fact, the first time Degamo ran as governor, Rep. Teves was his number one supporter but he was not privy as to why they parted ways.

Remollo himself disclosed that his allies before were in the opposite camps in the recent elections. In Tagalog, Remollo said “hindi magandang magsabi ng patapos,” because politics was evolving.

Juancho Gallarde / PNA