Congress 2010: “Ramil is most senior than Maricar in the equity rule” – Gov. Chiongkee


By Cha Monforte

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy either jested or initially opined in a friendly banter with Monkayo Mayor Brillantes Jr and a few boardmembers from District 1 at Marco Polo over the weekend that Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya is most senior than Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay based on the equity of the incumbent rule of the newly merged Lakas-Kampi party.

“:It’s really painful for me to decide but the tested principle of the equity of the incumbent must prevail,” the governor said admitting that he is having difficulties in ironing out emerging kinks in the merger of Lakas and Kampi parties in the province.

He said that Gentugaya for currently having a higher post being the incumbent vice governor is “most senior” among the incumbents to apply for higher post in apparent reference to Zamora’s post.

Already, this early reports have it that 2nd District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, who is on the way of finishing his third term, is bidding for his daughter second-termer Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay to replace him.

But then there is the report of former 1st district congressman Roger Sarmiento and Lito Brillantes aspiring again for the same post by 2010.

Opposing Ramil by any one of the wannabes except Sarmiento could throw a monkey wrench and put into shaky situation the much-touted political unity and reconciliation drummed by Uy at the recent.

Uy said that the Lakas-Kampi merger would still be worked out at the local level following the regional-level merger last month at Davao City.

He said that those defeated Lakas and Kampi candidates in the last polls or those who become civilians now can still apply to the merged Lakas-Kampi party but they have to bow down to the incumbents if they rue for their official drafting comes 2010.

In the same friendly coffee-table talk at Marco Polo on Saturday, Gov. Uy and Mayor Brillantes renewed their ties, with both saying their friendship have been ever firmer despite the sowing of intrigues between them by unknown parties who wished them separated. The duo only smiled and chuckled along with Vice Gov. Gentugaya, 1st-termer Boardmembers Dexter Lopoz and Neri Barte and last-termer Armando Codilla.

The governor is scheduled to take his oath as the provincial chairman of Lakas-Kampi party on July 21 in a big political gathering at NNCHS Gym in Nabunturan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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