By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 17Oct2015 (BicolToday.com) – The long perceived mistrust of former Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda to the clan of Senator Francis Escudero because of its alliance with Governor Raul Lee, his longtime political adversary was confirmed Thursday when he file his certificate of candidacy to challenge the governor’s wife, Sally Lee as city mayor was more pronounced by his certificate of nomination and acceptance as PDP-Laban candidate.
He was a member of Escudero party, the NPC in 2001 until 2010 and shifted to the Liberal Party in 2013 chaired by Congressman Deogracias Ramos of the second district.
Those years Dioneda is a sort of “special child” of leverage by the Escudero wherein he was supported by the senator’s mother in his fight against comebacking Sally Lee as city mayor for the Lee and Escudero alliance then declared the city as free zone.
His head-on with Sally Lee is three zero all against him way back in 2001, the latest was his rejection by city voters for a third term at city hall in 2013. He was a willing political sidekick of the Buhatan family to preserve his political life.
After his third defeat to Sally Lee he started criticizing the Escudero’s and Lee’s in his radio program and the end rope was when he in the minds of his former political patron dig the grave of the Escudero’s patriarch Salvador ‘Sonny’ Escudero III. It was unforgivable.
The Dioneda’s are now PDP-Laban party members after failing to wrest control from Governor Lee the province dominance of the United Nationalist Alliance(UNA) inspite of numerous knock at the coconut palace. [BicolToday.com]