Mayor Isko’s camp denies ‘infighting’ report ahead of presidential derby


Political strategist Angelito Banayo Wednesday took exception to media speculations that the resignation of radio broadcaster Cesar Chavez as chief of staff to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has something to do with alleged “infighting” in the presidential campaign team of Moreno.

“Masyado namang ina-angguluhan ng intriga iyong pagbalik sa MBC-DZRH ni Cesar Chavez na hindi lang kaibigan, kundi inaanak ko sa kasal,” said Banayo, who is also the campaign strategist of Mayor Isko.

Banayo explained that sometime in September, Chavez told Mayor Isko that a vice president of the Manila Broadcasting Corp., which owns radio station DZRH, is retiring and Chavez was offered the position by top management.

Banayo was with Mayor Isko in his City Hall office when Chavez broke the news to the mayor. (Chavez resigned as chief of staff effective September 30.)

“I said that’s a great opportunity and the Mayor said it would be a good career move since talaga namang love niya ang pagiging broadcast journalist. Cesar has been an outstanding and intrepid radio announcer since the Cory Aquino days, which was when we became good friends,” Banayo said in a news statement.

Banayo pointed out that through the years that he had been in government, he had the occasion to recommend Chavez to various posts where he performed with great competence.

“Kaya dun sa mga bashersand intrigueros—tigilan nyo na ang chismis at intriga. Walang kabutihang naidudulot iyan,” said Banayo.

Banayo added: “We wish Cesar all the best as he returns to his professional love from whence he got his moorings in public service.”

Even Chavez was reportedly surprised by media speculations particularly in an online news site.

In a screenshot of his direct message to a mediaman, which he shared in a campaign chat group, Chavez tersely answered: “No infighting.”

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