BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Former National Bureau of Investigation director and San Miguel, Bohol town mayor Virgilio Mendez has called the current political scenario in the country a “Chop Suey and Sari-sari” or a mixture of everything and it disturbs him that politicians are jumping parties for their own convenience.
Mendez, a neophyte mayor is also a nominee of the AkoBisdak party list.
Having spent 39 years in law enforcement before entering politics after his retirement, said that he is disturbed at the state of politics especially at the national level where politicians change parties like they are changing clothes.
At the national level, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, a PDP-Laban Vice President candidate withdrew his candidacy and filed for presidency under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) on November 15. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte resigned from her local party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, swore an oath to Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, and filed her candidacy for Vice president last week.
In Cagayan de Oro, former Phividec Administrator Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña filed his CoC on November 15, after substituting for lawyer Florentino Dumlao III of Lakas-CMD. Another lawyer Gil Banaag of PDP-Laban withdrew his COC. Just last week, in a press conference at the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Banaag said that he will withdraw his COC awaiting a replacement from La Viña.
Mendez laments that the country’s political party system is in such bad shape due to the lack of respect for the party system. “Partylist is no longer the practice now, so this is now the result,” Mendez said.
Mendez attributed these political turncoats to the country’s departure from a two-party system. “It’s a sari-sari, there are parties that are a mixture of everything- they have different line-ups with different presidents,” Mendez said.
“There is really a difficulty now of knowing to which party or their loyalty belongs,” Mendez said.
Senatorial candidates from different parties are also “guest” or “adopted” candidates from various presidential aspirants who also belong to different political parties.
Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s senate candidates include guest candidates Raffy Tulfo, former vice president Jejomar Binay, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senator Joel Villanueva, former senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda, and former Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo.
Escudero, Zubiri, Villanueva, Legarda, Binay are also guest candidates of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Tito Sotto tandem.
“We have to look at this is happening, this is quite different from the previous administrations. You can file and move to another position. The short description of this is “Chop Suey or Sari-sari,” Mendez said.