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By Cha Monforte
Although landing last among the seven running for the five-man provincial board members’ posts in the District 1 of Compostela Valley, the late supposed reelectionist Board Member Heracleo “Manoy Simeon” Codilla still got 16,204 votes from the electorate based on the final and official tally posted in the Comelec website.
Codilla filed his certificate of candidacy in October 2012 but in December 2012 he succumbed to a disease. Because he was running independent, he could not be substituted unless he was running under a party as allowed in an election rule. But his name was not delisted by the Comelec in the official ballot for the recent May 13 polls.
Codilla was trailing fugitive ex-police officer Cesar Mancao II, who lost as independent candidate, landing at 6th place with his 32,841 votes. Mancao escaped May 2 from detention at National Bureau of Investigation close before he was supposed to be transferred to Manila City Jail. He is still at large.
Landing in the winning circle for the first district’s board members are outgoing third-termer Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya (Liberal Party) with 53,329 votes, and reelectionist Board Members Paul Galicia (LP), with 44,051 votes, Atty. Arvin Dexter Lopoz (LP), with 41,945 votes, newcomer Jojo Jauod (LP) and reelectionist Board Member Neri Barte (LP), with 37, 519 votes.
On the other hand, winning board members in the province’s second district are governor’s son and newcomer Jayvee Tyron Uy and reelectionist Board Members Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Cesar Richa and Moran Takasan, and newcomer Macario Humol, all under LP. Ex-Governor Jose Caballero and his daughter Board Member Kris, who were running as independent candidates, settled at the bottom in board members’ race competed by seven candidates.
Governor Arturo Uy (LP) and District 2 Rep. Rommel Amatong (LP) were both unopposed for their third and last terms, so with District 1 Rep. Maricar Zamora (LP) for her second term. Former Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (LP) won by large margin as the vice governor over former Mt. Diwalwal village chief Franco Tito (independent)- Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte
Tags: board member alan dujali, board member dr. fred de veyra, davao del norte election 2013 results
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By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News
Two independent candidates for provincial board members in Davao del Norte again sprang surprise by their second-in-the–row winning in the recent polls akin to their victory in the 2010 polls.
Reelectionist Board Members Dr. Alfredo De Veyra and Alan Dujali again inserted themselves to the administration-dominated winning circle for five board members’ seats in the District 1 and District 2, respectively.
But both recorded improved electorate ranking, a one-up notch higher compared to their previous electoral feats. De Veyra placed 4th while he clang 5th in 2010 polls. Dujali came 2nd now from being 3rd in 2010.
Both were shunned by kingpins to be listed in the administration slate of Liberal Party and Kusog Baryohanon, as they won in the 2010 as opposition candidates, solely each to their respective district.
Before last October’s filing of certificate of candidacy, Dr. Veyra had profusely vied to be included the Liberal Party in his district after he tendered his resignation from the Lakas-CMD-Kampi, while Dujali, LP before, just opted to remain independent.
But both ran and campaigned independently against the weight of fully-occupied slates of the administration parties, the LP in the first district led by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, and the Kusog Baryohanon in the second district by Tadeco honco former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.
Kusog Baryohanon (KB) was formed in 2011 under the leadership of Floirendo and his nephew newly releected for third term Rep. Antonio Lagdameo. The two were with the Lakas-CMD-Kampi in 2010 polls.
In the recent polls, the provincial LP campaigned for the entire senatorial slate under Team PNoy, while KB pushed for half of Team PNoy slate and half of United Nationalist Alliance slate, sources said.
KB got Comelec accreditation as a local political party in 2012. LP and KB made a coalition before the start of the filing of certificate of candidacy last October, which sandwiched De Veyra and Dujali. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte
Gird up for polarized mode March 31, 2013Posted by cha4t in Uncategorized.
Tags: Atty. Emmanuel A. “Saboy” Mahipus, comval election 2013, davao del norte election 2013, joji ilagan
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By Cha Monforte
Happy Easter Sunday! This Holy Week indeed gives us good soul-searching time. We’ve attuned ourselves, communed and found demarcation between good and bad. But tomorrow, Monday is expected to be much different. March 29 is supposed to be the official start of campaign for local candidates. But we give way for the Holy Week. Monday is the big-bang start of local candidates, although I’ve seen many already posting their campaign materials in the Facebook last Good Friday.
Surely, we’ll be in for a polarized mode in areas where elective posts are under competitions. Good for most of the top slots for a-gunning in Davao City, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley as reelectionist incumbents have no rivals. That except for Mylene Garcia vs. Joji Ilagan in the 2nd district’s congressional post in the city. The rest has no opponents- Davao City Mayor-incoming Rody Duterte, Davao del Norte Gov. Dolfo del Rosario, Compostela Valley Gov. Chiongkee Uy, and their respective reelectionist congressmen, except DavNor District 2 Cong. Anthony “AGR” del Rosario, who is rivaled by Atty. Emmanuel A. “Saboy” Mahipus from Asuncion town. In Region XI, Davao del Sur shows to be always different. Its politics is always a powderkeg, as the Cagases and Bautistas continue their intense political rivalry. As a result, their political allies in the municipalities will also tangle in hotly contested electoral battles.
Davao Del Norte has only Tagum City and Sto. Tomas while Comval has Montevista, Compostela, Maco and Pantukan towns where the mayoral post is vied for by two to four candidates. Don’t count out the post of the konsehal, the councilor as not a harbinger of electoral polarization. Include also the post of the vice mayor and the board members. We’d seen many bets on the same slate before junking their partymates. All for winning’s sake. For a governor’s son or daughter endorsed for “Vote for 1″ in the last hour to be No. 1 in the winning circle, so that he or she can become the senior board member or senior councilor, and preside the sanggunian if the vice governor or vice mayor is absent.
They, lesser candidates, better watch the kingpin’s last move out. Even without the bet for mayor or governor being opposed, election in the country is ever spirited and still not a dull affair. The kingpin is the puppets’ master, after all. Unless the administration’s slate is completely unopposed, sans even a nuisance candidate, we can be sure there’s polarization to occur between and among candidates, followers, voters and the public in the coming days.
We’ll gird up for a polarization stemming from our preference to candidates, who’s good or who’s bad, from the issues and mud that are thrown at them, the image they project, the quality of performance and public service they rendered, the values and principles they stood for, and real lives they showed to the public, before we cast our dear votes on the coming May 13 polls.
TAGS & HASHES: The Multiply.com blog site is no longer in the net. I lost my huge database relating small mining. Lesson learned: Always back up through draft or sent back in email. This sort of deja vu to Friendster before Facebook outwit it…. If congresswomanable Joji Ilagan can see it, there’s a cluster of six informal subdivisions around San Miguel Parish, Km. 14, Panacan that has been reeling from long-time governmental neglect for its so bad, rough roads. The woman “developer”, a Community Mortgage Program (CMP) originator is only good at collecting processing fees at a hefty sum of more than P14,000 from each of the urban poor beneficiaries and continue to close her eyes to the bad roads leading to the housing projects she originated before. There are more than 10,000 people there long affected by bad roads. I am one of them. Promise a P1 million budget allocation per year from your pork barrel for the roads there, and I know Joji will win this time around (For reactions, e-mail: email@example.com)
A MANIFESTO ON COMVAL FLOOD January 4, 2013Posted by cha4t in comval, comval sex scandal, Comval's Big Flood coming.
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Let’s bore a hole through the valley!
Help: A Diversion Canal is Needed!
Mega Dike! Mega Project!
(1st edition, serving like a draft working paper for all netizens who want Comval’s mainland valley to live, not die)
Where is Comval’s mainland valley heading to after typhoon Pablo?
If by climate change, it becomes a usual path of typhoon?
That the development and growth of small scale is irreversible,
That it has a vast learned army of small miners now 2 decades after the Diwalwal gold rush,
That the valley’s larger eastern region is tried and tested a highly mineralized region,
That stopping the small-scale mining now is a best recipe for insurrection,
That its northern, eastern and southern upland borders, that have 2nd-growth forests have been subjected to decades of kaingin, poaching, lumbering, logging apart from logging to support gold tunneling, can no longer hold enough the fallen rain water they take,
That these result to fast cascading of rainwaters, silted rivers apart that the grown-up small scale mining has been disgorging soil wastes, mud through the decades,
That its western part has propensity for cash crop production, while also being subjected to clearing and logging,
That for more than a decade now, during continuous rains, waters from the valley’s silted rivers and tributaries exit largely to Agusan river, but for umpteenth times during the past floods, backflows occur and backwater came to meet cascading rainwaters from the valley’s exploited uplands, forming a flood that usually submerged parts of Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan,Compostela and New Bataan,
That often it would take a week or 2 weeks’ time before floodwaters would drain to silted Agusan River sans the rains,
That this flooding problem in Comval’s mainland valley has been here for about a decade already, and each flood incident occurs, it becomes more destructive, the toll and damage more higher, the number of fatality is increasing,
That continuous rains, heavy downpours brought the valley’s flooding,
That the Big Flood is yet to come, that would inundate greatly, including Mawab that has waters draining via Hijo River in the valley’s north, emptying to Davao Gulf,
That the case of typhoon Pablo is special, an exemption in fact,
That typhoon Pablo brought heavy rains and strong winds never before experienced by the valley’s population,
That typhoon Pablo was a fortuitous event, a force majeure, with its strongest winds and heavy rains in its eyewall unfortunately hitting the valley that looks like a stretched pan-like figure with bloated parts inside it for the smaller hills and mountains,
That New Bataan was hit the hardest and was just ill-fated to be passed by the eyewall of a perfect storm that the valley’s people had first experienced in their lifetime,
That New Bataan poblacion sits in a lowland is surrounded by rivers and tributaries running from its proximate, high eastern mountains, and the town center is in fact cut by a river,
That Pablo’s heavy rains, and strong winds traveling west in direction, counter clockwise in movement, pounded on the high eastern border or the western border of Davao Oriental, and there high volume of rainwaters landed in the chain of mountains of Manurigao, Mandayar, Katalogan, as though they were tilted roofs; and the rainwaters, not so much held by a spoiled 2nd-growth forest, searched rivers and tributaries and cascaded so fast downhill, overflowing the bigger Andap, Mayo and Batoto rivers of New Bataan, while the Agusan- Manat Rivers in the town’s west also overflowed and also a heavy volume of its water crept into New Bataan, badly submerging the poblacion, drowning and missing a lot of its people,
That the character of the water runoff from the high mountains of the valley was just shown to the max by typhoon Pablo,
That this shows the way how flooding comes to the valley every year especially during the rainy season, thus becoming a perennial problem that worsens and becomes more destructive for each passing year,
Where do we go from here now after Pablo?
Let’s bore a hole through the mainland valley!
A Diversion Canal going south, passing the Hijo River, emptying into Davao Gulf is what I have in mind.
It’s a long, big man-made canal which would divert the floodwaters trapped in the valley during continuous rains on rainy season, or as brought or triggered by a typhoon.
It can be multiple-use canal system, a flood-draining, an irrigation and transportation canal for Comval’s mainland valley to survive, live and not die by Big Floods.
It’s a Mega Dike, a Mega Project that should be entertained by the government
NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
(N.B.: Yuletide Season sometimes gives us time to reflect and analyze- to help)
- Cha Monforte 1/4/2013
1 missing, 30 families evacuated in Davao Norte due to LPA rains January 3, 2013Posted by cha4t in Libuganon River.
Tags: Libuganon River, Saug River
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jan. 3, 2012
By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News
One person remains missing and some 30 families in Kapalong town have evacuated to safer grounds following continuous rains since Wednesday morning in Davao del Norte.
Davao del Norte disaster management officer Sonio Sanchez reported Thursday morning that they would continue their search and rescue operation for the missing person in Kapalong after they were hindered the other night due to the hazard of rising water of Saug River and darkness.
He said that the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council had alerted five flood-prone areas as municipal and city disaster management councils were activated when they monitored on the ground that various rivers were swelling with flood waters following continuous rains that started on the New Year’s Day.
Alerted were the municipalities of Talaingod, Kapalong, Asuncion, Santo Tomas and Tagum City. The PDRRMC recommended on Thursday morning a preemptive evacuation of people especially those in downstream communities in Tagum, Sto. Tomas and Carmen, where the big Libuganon River flows.
The rains in the province were brought in by the low pressure area (LPA) earlier spotted southeast of Mindanao.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Based on the 5 a.m. Thursday bulletin of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted in the vicinity of Sta. Josefa, Agusan Del Sur.
The LPA was forecast to move towards the Zamboanga Peninsula on Thursday and head towards Northern Borneo by Friday. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte
Zero armed encounter between GPH and MILF in 2012 January 3, 2013Posted by cha4t in Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
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jan 3, 2013
The Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities(CCCH) of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has noted a zero incident of armed encounter between the government and MILF forces in 2012.
The GPH and MILF CCCH, popularly known as the ceasefire committee, posted this report to MILF’s luwaran.com website on New Year’s Day.
“2012 is indeed a historic year for the current GPH – MILF Peace Process as it is the only year since the signing of the ceasefire accord between the two parties more than a decade of years now that not a single encounter of armed encounter between government and MILF forces occurred,” the committe’s Secretariat bared.
Last October 15, 2012, the peace negotiating panels of the government and MILF and the Malaysian Third Party Facilitator signed the historic GPH -MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro at the Presidential Palace in Malacanang.
Standing as principals witnesses in the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro were President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Malaysian Prime MinisteDato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.
The effective ceasefire mechanisms of the peace process on the ground such as the GPH- MILF CCCH headed by BGen Gilberto Roa and Said Shiek, GPH – MILF AHJA Guided by BGen Roland Amarille and Atty Abdul Dataya, tne local monitoring teams(LMTs), and the International Monitoring Team headed by His Excellency MGenDatuk Abdul Rahim bin Yusuff of Malaysia with members from Brunei, Japan,Indonesia, Norway and the European Union were very significant in the successful realization of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
Maj. Carlos Sol Jr, GPH CCCH secretariat head, noted, “the effectiveness of the ceasefire mechanisms and strong cooperation and partnership between the government and MILF forces attributed the zero armed encounter for 2012.”
“The signing of the Framework Agreement had significantly improved and sustained the adherence and support to the ceasefire particularly among the ground commanders of the government and MILF and the local government units,” he added.
MGen Datuk Abdul Rahim, IMT Head of Mission, commended the GPH – MILF CCCH and urged both the government to keep the zero incident in 2013.
“We should maintain the stable situation on the ground so that the implementation of the Framework Agreement will be provided the necessary conducive environment for its greater success,” he said. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte
2012 in review December 30, 2012Posted by cha4t in Uncategorized.
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Davao Norte Gov. Del Rosario vows to complete “big-item” projects before next term December 28, 2012Posted by cha4t in davao del norte sports complex.
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dec. 28, 2012
Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is optimistic he can complete the “big-time” projects before his second term ends in June 30, 2013.
The governor, who is sure winner in 2013 elections, cited before local mediamen that he has two big-item project and program that he is completing, namely: the P240-million provincial sports complex and the convergence program based on peace and development paradigm.
“The sports complex is 95-percent completed,” he said, adding that what is next to be done is the improvement of the gym equipped with airconditioner. “That requires about P300 million.”
He said that the fund for completion is incorporated in the 2013 provincial annual budget worth P940 million.
On the other hand, the governor said that the convergence program of the provincial government has been largely winning peace through development in the province’s countrysides by bringing in multiple services converged by provincial departments, local government units, barangays and various governments agencies including the military.
He said that “peace cannot be attained without development, and vice versa.”
He added that this convergence strategy would continue during his assured third and last term after the 2013 polls.
His sole rival a certain Norberto Mijares from Panabo City was recently declared “nuisance candidate” by the Commission on Elections-Manila.
Last December 12 the governor led the soft opening of the 11-hectare Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center (DNSCC). It is located infront the provincial Capitol building at Barangay Mankilam, Tagum City.
It features a 5,000-capacity grandstand, a rubberized all-weather track oval, a football field, outdoor playing courts, and an aquatic center with a 10-lane Olympic-sized pool, warm-up pool, and clubhouse.
The sports complex is positioned to become a premier sporting venue in Davao Region.
The governor is optimistic that with the state of the facility his province can ably host the Davao Regional Athletics Association (DAVRAA) meet in February 2013.
With it, Davao del Norte is now a strong contender for the hosting of the Palarong Pambansa in 2015, Gov. Del Rosario added. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte
OPINION: Xmas scribbles December 28, 2012Posted by cha4t in Uncategorized.
Tags: davao city firecrckers' ban
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dec. 27, 2012
By Cha Monforte
I spent my Christmas eve and do-day in desk. Indulged in net-babad while there are more foods around. Got to share those scribbles in here:
The cold December air from Siberia is being whipped up now by the tail-end, lost wind of typhoon Quinta. The last dawn mass is over. It must be that down there in stricken Comval and DavOr areas, tens of thousands of kins and relatives of the dead and missing are shivering from this cold and from the bitter pangs of off-and-on hunger, band-aided by relief ops.
It came to pass that the extent of damage and casualty wrought by the so vicious typhoon Pablo is beyond the efficacy of our combined resource, manpower and governmental responses now. It took years and and decades that we ravaged our forests, and solutions could never be made in days. But we recognize the urgent need for relief and retrieval. The former has sort of abundance now, the latter is scarce given the the gargantuan tasks, logistics and resources to scour the decomposed. We are still much on the stage of relief ops.
I must not say that I have that “prophetic” opinion years ago. Oh, that “Submerged Valley Theory”. Google it!. It was simple geo-technical-environmental projection for the valley. Those “de kahon” ultra leftist analysis of lambasting the big, corporate mining firms as one of the reasons of this misery is a jaded one aimed to propagandize the CPP-NPA-NDF ideology and muckrack the military. In Comval, we don’t have many big mining firms reigning. There’s only Crew Mining and those 2 or 3 in Pantukan are still on exploration stage. What reign are the endogenous small scale mining, whose growth is irreversible, sadly at the expense of our environment. We collectively bite the bullet as we now have an army of highly trained small miners scattered digging all over Comval’s hills and mountains. There’s still the Code of Omerta sealing the reported high casualties in Diwalwal, and the guerillas, military and our public officials, the DENR, etc are mum on this. After all many have shared from Diwalwal’s gold, and a government takeover of Minahang Bayan in Diwalwal is a no-no scenario.
Thanks for the warm we have this Christmas. Can’t yet sleep thinking of them- the typhoon Pablo survivors and affected. How are they now? Did they consume just on time for the celebration the noche buena packs given by Sec. Dinky last Thursday? Or they consumed in their next dining right fter the noche buena packs were given? Especially those who are gripped by this moment’s chilly winds and dense fog that mixed with the stench of unretrieved decomposed, and who could not move afar for lack of land and receiving relatives in lighted areas, the horror, the macabre situation of carcasses buried near somewhere, the threat of epidemic breakout in dark, howling valley of death and tears, made life so difficult and harsh for them. And this is Christmas. May those who shiver now have lighted small fires to keep themselves warm. May Santa be made true riding on his sleigh and shower them with foodstuffs, mineral waters, jackets, sweatshirts, and blankets. May our Most Benevolent Lord Jesus Christ cover them of his warm protective shield.
Just past midnight, somewhere in DC: The much-praised firecrackers’ ban in Davao City is a myth! At the strike of 12 midnight I heard sounds of exploding firecrackers-big and small- outta here in my neighborhood. The folks, the kids were cheering. No policeman in his right mind, body and heart foremost will patrol around just to watch out violators who simply wanted to meet the birthday of our Lord with a bang. After a short while, the about 10-15 minute explosion of firecrackers immediately stopped. The cops are surely also with their loved ones celebrating Christmas. Gee, nobody was hurt. Merry Christmas to each and everyone! (For reactions: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gov. RDR says referendum to decide for conflicts-plagued Daneco December 28, 2012Posted by cha4t in daneco-cda, daneco-nea.
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dec. 27, 2012
Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario opined that member-consumers have to decide whether the 40-year old Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) would operate under the supervision of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) or under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
He told local reporters that “Daneco is supposed to be a coop and as such members have to decide.”
He added that the referendum “should be done properly, and should not be politicized.”
The governor said that he learned of the legal problems that came up when most of the members of the old set of board of directors were sacked by NEA due to an administrative case.
“Now there’s a new board appointed by NEA,” he said, adding that he hoped that this time the problem and conflict in Daneco would end.
Daneco has some 125,000 member-consumers and services the whole province of Compostela Valley and most of the towns and cities of Davao del Norte except Panabo City, the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) and the towns of Carmen, Sto. Tomas and Braulio E. Dujali.
Since July 2012, two factions of Daneco leadership have been warring against each other resulting to the emergence of Daneco-CDA and Daneco-NEA groups and two sets of managements, board of directors and collection activities.
The NEA-sacked officials trooping under Daneco-CDA stuck on and engaged in series of court and quasi-judicial battles while physically holding for more than six months the Daneco Tipaz office in Tagum City until the office was forcibly closed by a sheriff backed up by provincial police following a break-open-closure order from the Court of Appeals.
However, the Daneco-CDA faction subsequently set up their new office at the Philippine Cooperative Union (PCU) office in Barangay Magdum, Tagum City and continued their collection activities.
The faction set up collection center in Gaisano Mall of Tagum directly competing with the Daneco-NEA collection in the same mall. Also, it set up a collection unit in the premises of barangay hall of Barangay Visayan Village in the city.
The Daneco-CDA’s new officials, no longer those sacked ones, claimed that they still operate legally as the CDA registration was only temporarily suspended by the CDA and pending Supreme Court’s resolution of the appealed case relating to the Writ of Preliminary Injunction issued earlier by the Court of Appeals. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte