Davao del Norte boys rumble! Alvarez calls for House probe on ‘Banana King’ Floirendo
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants to make an example out of Davao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Tonyboy Floirendo Jr., who despite being a top campaign contributor of President Rodrigo Duterte may get charged because of his shady banana exporting business.
“Ito nga ang sinasabi ko na ‘yung administrasyon ngayon ay wala pong pinipili ‘yan kung kaibigan mo o kalaban mo, supporter mo o hindi, eh kung nadehado ‘yung gobyerno ay talagang aalamin natin ‘yan,” Alvarez said in an interview Thursday (February 16) over DZRH radio.
Alvarez is reportedly seeking a House inquiry as well as an audit on the export transactions made by banana company Tagum Agricultural Development Inc. (Tadeco), which is own by his fellow Mindanaoan Floirendo.
This, after reports came out that Tadeco was shortchanging the government with its profit-sharing scheme.
Alvarez said that Floirendo–also known as the “Banana King”–would “surely face plunder” in case of irregularities given the huge amount of money involved in the transactions.
“Dito sa anggulong ito marami rin akong nakikita na pupuwedeng alamin ano dahil percentage on sharing kasi ang share ng government dito doon sa export,” said Alvarez, who represents Davao del Norte’s 1st district.
Floirendo who contributed P75 million for then-Davao City mayor Duterte’s presidential campaign last year. Alvarez, Floirendo and Duterte are reportedly longtime friends.
“Rest assured po this government will always be on the side of the people. Iyung Kongreso po, ‘yung House of Representatives will always be on the side of the people,” Alvarez said. #