Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. denied any hand in the rumor over an ouster plot against House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez which is believed to be the reason behind the filing of criminal complaint by the Speaker against Floirendo.
In a released statement, Rep. Floirendo admitted that the filing of charges against him by Alvarez “all started with the rumor that I was behind a plot to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and have him replaced by former president and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.”
“I did not give any statement then to defend myself as there was no truth to it at all. I never attempted to talk to Arroyo nor would I ever support any plot to oust Speaker Alvarez who, in the first place, is a good friend of mine and whom I fully supported during the last election and in his bid for the speakership. If ever there is an iota of truth to the ouster plot, I am 100% not a part of it,” Floirendo said.
The biggest donor to the Duterte campaign also clarified that he has no fight against Alvarez and likened their situation now to a “brotherly misunderstanding”.
“Let me make it clear that Speaker Bebot and I have no fight with each other. If ever there is a conflict, it could be likened to a brotherly misunderstanding which I am sure would be patched up in no time at all. And would like everyone to know that I tried and reached out to him but he refused to talk to me since this all started,” he said.
Floirendo however admitted having been hurt by the charges filed by Alvarez but added that he is still offering a hand of friendship to the Speaker whom he supported in the last election and in his bid for the speakership.
“Admittedly I am hurt with the action of Speaker Alvarez against me. It not only affects me but also my family as well as the people of Davao del Norte. But that’s politics. What is important is that I know deep down my conscience that I have not done anything wrong nor have I committed any criminal act. I welcome any complaint to be filed against me and I am ready to face them with a clear conscience. I still offer a hand of friendship to Speaker Alvarez amidst all that happened for the benefit of the people of Davao del Norte. And to show my full support to the Duterte administration that is doing amazingly well for the past nine months,” said Floirendo.
The Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), meanwhile took exception to the statement of Speaker Alvarez in his House Resolution No. 867, which looks into its Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR), that the same is grossly disadvantageous to the government.
TADECO said Alvarez’s statement is entirely false.
In a statement, TADECO said that the arrangement between them and BUCOR is not a lease arrangement but a Joint Venture that is primarily aimed at the rehabilitation of the inmates in Davao Penal Colony (DAPECOL).
“This rehabilitation program has been found to be very successful by BUCOR up to the extent that the latter has even requested TADECO to replicate the JVA program to its penal colony in Iwahig, Palawan,” the TADECO statement read.
TADECO also said that there is no truth to the allegation of ill-treatment of its workers in the plantation.
“Such allegation is completely baseless. TADECO takes good care of its workers. This is evident in the high production yield of TADECO, indicating that the workers are well motivated and very productive. In fact, among all the banana companies in the Philippines, TADECO has been branded as a champion on labor and community relations. It is a regular recipient of awards in the field of labor-management relations,” the company said.
In two successive occasions (in 2013 and 2015), TADECO won the OUTSTANDING LABOR-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION FOR INDUSTRIAL PEACE AWARD given by the Philippine League of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners (PHILAMCOP) in coordination with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB). TADECO is now vying to be a grand slam winner in this category. These are just a few of the many awards and citations of TADECO.
TADECO stated that they would continue to perform their obligations and responsibilities under the JVA confident in its contributions to the government and socio-economic development.