DUMAGUETE City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has called on politicians to unite and discuss the proposed federal form of government rather than engage in personal fight.
Remollo made the call as he was being asked to referee a boxing bout between Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and third district Representative Arnulfo Teves Jr.
Remollo said on January 30 that he would rather moderate in a roundtable discussion about amendments to the Constitution, rather than act as a referee in a fistfight.
He said with federalism being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte, politicians in Negros Oriental 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,” Remollo said, pointing out that the present discussion would be geared toward genuine autonomy through federalism.
He said now is 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, he added.
Remollo jokingly said that if it had to be through boxing, Representative Manny Pacquiao would certainly win the presidency.
This was his reaction when allegedly requested by Teves to be the referee as soon as 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 Teves had really the intention of boxing it out with Degamo because he knew he was a public official.
The mayor likewise admired 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, Teves was his number one supporter but he was not privy as to why they parted ways.
Remollo himself said that his allies before were in the opposite camps in the recent elections. (PNA)