NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee not included in Compostela Araw;Mayor Castillo apologetic over his oversight

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Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy was not included in the culmination of the 60th Araw ng Compostela last Friday and knowing about it the governor reportedly decided not to attend the affair.

The Araw culmination had the former 2nd District congressman and provincial elder Prospero Amatong as its honored guest, while the July 28 start of the five-day founding anniversary celebration had the governor as the honored guest, who was not around as he was reportedly on official travel to Manila, sources said.

But Mayor Reynaldo Castillo when asked by the local press about the exclusion of the governor of the program in last Friday’s culmination was accordingly apologetic saying that it was an oversight on his part as he earlier entrusted the Araw programme of activities to a committee.

But sources said that according to Belo Melendres, senior executive assistant of Gov. Uy, the governor, who had just arrived from Manila, had notified earlier the Compostela officials that he could not come as in the morning of Friday he inaugurated a classroom building donated by the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce at Dauman, Montevista and in the afternoon he accommodated a visiting group of Korean investors interested to invest in the province.

However, last year’s Araw ng Compostela had also Amatong as the honored guest after the latter reportedly caused for the rectification of the date of the town’s founding anniversary, which was then celebrated every June 23.

Last Friday, the town began celebrating their new foundation day on August 1.

But still observers said that Castillo was accordingly putting “a sort of political pressure” to the governor.

The mayor is a known close friend of 1st District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, who is in Manila attending the regular session of the Congress after the President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address last July 28.

Castillo, a third-termer, is reportedly prodding Zamora to run as mayor in Compostela, while the mayor is interested to run as vice governor.

Sources said also that some barangay captains attending the culmination “had sensed of a new political realignment” with the presence of Amatong.

The provincial elder though allayed fears he would be running for governor by 2010 when he spoke after he turned over his Lakas provincial chairmanship to Uy last July 21 at Nabunturan.

In that political gathering, Amatong had reportedly said his going to barangays should not be colored with politics as he has only been accompanying his congressman son Rommel “Bobong” Amatong of the District 2. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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