MISAMIS Oriental Rep. Yevgeny Emano has expressed displeasure over the statement of a Provincial Board member that the neophyte lawmaker had no “convincing power” to sponsor a bill at the House of Representative.

Provincial Board member Francisco Bade over the weekend said the Provincial Board had decided seek help from Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on a bill regarding plunder cases because the latter had “more convincing power” than Emano.

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Bade, who is on his last term, repeated that assertion in a radio interview, to Emano’s irritation.

Emano said Bade lack of trust in his capabilities as a legislator shows how “dirty” politics have become at the Misamis Oriental Capitol, especially that the elections is coming.

“Tungod siguro kay nalibutan na sa kahugaw sa politika ang kapitolyo probinsiyal ug siguro gibungaw na sa iyang edad si Francisco Bade (Perhaps because the Provincial Capitol is overrun by dirty politics, Francisco Bade’s senility is showing fast),” Emano in an interview over RMN-dxCC said.

The lawmaker reminded Bade that in 2007 elections, Bade went up the stage to declare that Emano was the “pride of Misamis Oriental who would bring the voice of the people and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) at the House of Representatives.”

That was when Bade was still allied with the indigenous PaDayon party, which is headed by the elder Emano, a former Misamis Oriental governor who now sits as Cagayan de Oro vice mayor.

When Vice Mayor Vicente Emano had a falling out with Governor Oscar Moreno, Bade chose to stick with the latter.

This, Rep. Emano said, may have given Bade the audacity to question his capacity.

“How times have changed so fast,” said the younger Emano.

He added that if Bade and his colleagues wanted a copy of the proposed laws he has passed in Congress, he will be glad to furnish them copies of these.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rodriguez for his part said he would extend help to the provincial council on matters of legislation. (ALR)