Controversial Bukidnon priest Fr. Diosdado Tabios to run for governor

BUKIDNON | BUKIDNON NEWS | VALENCIA CITY UPDATES – The former parish priest of Valencia City, Bukidnon will reportedly run for governor come May 2010.

Fr. Diosdado Tabios, who served as Valencia parish priest from 2001 to 2007, will be the Nacionalista Party‘s bet for the Bukidnon gubernatorial seat in next year’s national elections.

Through a text message, Nacionalista Party spokesman Gilbert Remulla confirmed this with Bukidnon Online.

Tabios, however, has yet to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Malaybalay City.

Tabios, 46, recently took his oath before NP presidential bet Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar in Manila.

The former Valencia City parish priest left for the Netherlands in 2007 to pursue further studies. He was reportedly a scholar under the Ford Foundation. Upon his return to Bukidnon this year, Tabios reportedly became an assistant to the administrator of the San Isidro Cathedral in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon’s capital.

Tabios claims he has “championed” indigenous people’s rights. He also claims that he has educated and helped lumads.

Tabios’ critics beg to differ, however. Sources who agreed to speak to Bukidnon Online on the condition of anonymity say that before Tabios’ departure for abroad, he gained the ire of so many people, mostly lay leaders and those active in church activities. They said that Tabios got involved in several “money-related” problems.

No word yet if the church here in Bukidnon will support Tabios’ candidacy. (MISA/Bukidnon Online)

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