Archive for November, 2008

OPINION: Way K’s realpolitik

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, compostela councilor dolfo ang, comval politics, comval vice gov. ramil gentugaya, cong way kurat zamora, way kurat birthday with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2008 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

There are now signs and the inevitable came out: it was no other than Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay held at bay by a mix of persons in the media to talk about politics last Sunday amid the ongoing 58th birthday celebration of his father, Cong. Way Kurat at their known Octagon farm park in Monkayo.

“The equity of the incumbent applies only to the reelectionists of the same position,” she said in answering the earlier postulation that Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya is most senior among Lakas partymen to claim for the coveted title of becoming the administration standard bearer for the District 1 congressional post by 2010.

There were no ifs, nor buts for the BM Maricar on this issue. The post that sooner his father would be leaving is really an open one, vouched even by an earlier opinion of Lakas-CMD regional president, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario.

So it’s the party that would really decide who from the front-running congressional wannabes- BM Maricar and VG Ramil would be picked up. There seems no more District 1 bidders for the post. Lito Brillantes, for one, is outsider, not incumbent. As of this writing, Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes, then with Liberal party (Atienza wing) is smoking a peace pipe with Way Kurat and Lakas-CMD when he took oath as a party member two weeks ago.

We heard from buzz that VG Ramil has stockpiled financial logistics when he became a married man last Oct 18. “If it’s Maricar, he (Ramil) would either stay or go out from the party,” said Cong. Way Kurat in an imprompto presscon amid his birthday bash. “But if it’s Ramil… ah we will not talk about it as it will never happen anyway,” he added as he turned quizzical.

We’ve learned also that BM Maricar appears to be already groomed as the Lakas-CMD national directorate’s pick. She just joined in the Tagbilaran leadership training, all at the national party’s expense. There, BM Maricar along with 40 other Lakas-CMD potential standard bearers were accordingly trained on “how to’s” rudiments including how to win in the coming polls. By the end of this month, she’ll again join in another Lakas-CMD leadership training for women party leaders sponsored by the Lakas-CMD national directorate.

We’ve also learned that Cong. Way Kurat was just testing who his loyalists really are when he floated he would be running as Compostela mayor. “Atik ra to,” he announced before over a thousand of birthday well-wishers.

He said he is due to retire from politics two years from now to be the Lakas-CMD campaign manager, as Gob. Uy listened intently. In the presscon, he said he don’t want also to suffer the same fate of Caballeros and Palma Gils in Davao Oriental, who were all defeated for running simultaneously in two top positions. Well, we knew of ex-Gob. Joecab and ex-BM Kris.

Meantime, Konsehal Dolfo Ang of Compostela enthused that the election is still far and “many things would still happen”, when referred of the no Way Kurat for mayor scenario in his town. Ang was reported to be vying for mayoral post. But he just don’t believe yet of the scenario.

With these, we see that Way Kurat’s plan of becoming a Lakas-CMD campaign manager in the province is one big enigma. While it’s one caveat for ensure Maricar’s pick (for who else could not vote against a scene-stealing and stage-propa veteran politician becoming the admin campaign manager?), a realpolitik act, but the spectacle of seeing Way K become a plain citizen again after the May 2010 elections doesn’t sit well among his loyalists. Maybe he’ll also take a crack for the vice gubernatorial post, and bargain for it, too, or the much-touted Comval unity will come crashing down in smithereens. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, for comments and reactions, e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com, or ruralurbanews@yahoo.com)

NEWS: Flexi-fare ordinance takes effect without SP confirmation

Posted in atty roland tumanda, flexi-fare ordinance, tagum city mayor rey uy, tricyle fare tagum city with tags , , , on November 19, 2008 by cha monforte

Fare is already P8 starting yesterday

nov 19

The tricycle fare should already be P8 and not P10 starting yesterday in Tagum City based on the brackets in the approved flexi-fare ordinance.

Under it and at today’s reduced price of gasoline, the senior citizens and students would have to pay only P6 for the average ride.

City Land Transportation and Regulatory Board chairman  Atty. Roland Tumanda, also the city legal officer, clarified in an interview with Sidlak that even if the ordinance has not yet been confimed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the city government has the legal basis and is empowered to enforce it to give urgent public welfare.

“But once it (the ordinance) is not confirmed by the SP, we will stop (the implementation),” he said.

Last Monday’s SP session, the flexi-fare ordinance was not yet even calendared while the SP secretary Dennis Dean Castillo confirmed that as of 5:00 PM that day he had not yet received the ordinance.

The ordinance was approved in last week’s session of the city council.

The measure was enacted due to decreases of gasoline prices.

Earlier, Mayor Rey Uy asked for patience of commuting public in the city to wait for the eventual  approval of the ordinance amid calls for decrease of tricycle fare.
The ordinance has brackets of tricycle fares that would either increase or decrease depending on the current pump prices of gasoline.

Under the ordinance, the CTFRB is the one which will call for fare increase or fare decrease from time to time.

Uy pushed the flexi-fare ordinance a week after the ordinance on fare increase from P7 to P10 effected last September 19.

Tagum is a component city of Davao del Norte and under the New Local Government Code all city resolutions and ordinances are subject for review and confirmation by the SP. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: RDR’s turn to say on Bolante fertilizer: “I did not receive it”

Posted in bolante fertilizer comval, bolante fertilizer davao del norte, comval cong prospero amatong, davao del cong. tonyboy floirendo, gov. rodolfo del rosario with tags , , , , on November 19, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 19

It is two more to go for their say on P728-million fertilizer fund scam that spilled over in Davao del Norte an Compostela Valley areas.

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario took his turn yesterday in saying he did not receive any of the controversial fertilizer from former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante before the May 2004 polls.

In a DXDN Radyo Ukay-Tagum report early morning yesterday, the governor said that instead he received from the Dept. of Agriculture funds for irrigation projects for the province’s farmers.

A google search ended up in link stating that the govenor at that time was the national president of both the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)

After Del Rosario’s made his turn to talk with the local media on the issue, who remains now in the so-called Bolante list in the two provinces is former District 2 Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo, and Comval Cong. Prospero Amatong (District 2), who would still have to state on whether they had receive Bolante’s fertilizer or not prior the May 2004 elections.

Sidlak tried but failed to reach them yesteday.

The other day Davao del Norte Cong. Arrel Olano (District 1) admitted he received Bolante’s fertilizer and distributed it to some 6,000 farmers in Asuncion, Kapalong, San Isidro and Talaingod towns. He said his recipients could be verified right in the field.

Olano said that he started distributing the fertilizer before the May 2004 polls and stopped when the election period began. He said he continued distributing the fertilizer after the elections.

Last Sunday, Comval Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (District 1) admitted, too, he received fertilizer but only in August 2004, after the May polls in that year.
Zamora said his recipients included even the farrmers belonging to the militant Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas in his province.

He said the transaction was “duly accounted for” and that he has a list of recipient barangay captains throughout his district except Monkayo town. where he did not distribute the fertilizer as Zamora were at political odds then with Mayor Manuel Brillantes.

Both Olano and Zamora said they did not receive money but only fertilizer. .
Last week, former Comval Gov. Jose Caballero said he did not receive any fertilizer nor money for it, although he complied with the requirements asked by the DA for him to access the so-called Bolante fertilizer.

Bolante has been accused of engineering the alleged diversion of P728 million to the 2004 campaign kitty of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whom he had cleared to have not been involved in the scam, along with other names of local officials and congressmen who were identified as proponents of the fertilizer funds.

A total of 103 congressmen, 53 provincial governors and 23 mayors were identified as among those who availed of the funds. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Olano admits receiving Bolante’s fertilizer, too

Posted in comval cong way kurat zamora, davao del norte cong. arrel olano, former comval gov joecab caballero, former davao del norte cong tonyboy floirendo, gov rodolfo del rosario davao del norte with tags , , , , on November 17, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 18

Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano has admitted he also received the controversial Bolante fertilizers before the start of campaign period for the 2004 polls.

In a report of Periodico Norte yesterday, Olano said that some 6,000 farmers from Asuncion, Kapalong, San Isidro and Talaingod received not money but liquid fertilizers coursed through to his office from the Dept. of Agriculture-XI. He said this could be verified right on field.

He added that the distribution of fertilizer had even gone beyond the May 2004 elections after he stopped it when the election period began.

In the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) website, the letter of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante to Olano is published online as one of the exhibits of PCIJ’s expose story on the fertilizer scam, entitled “Billions in Farm Funds Used for Arroyo Campaign”.

The special allotment release order (SARO) of the P728 million fertilizer fund dated Feb. 3, 2004 contained the names of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, former Comval Gov. Jose Caballero, former Davao del Norte Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo (District 2) and former Comval Cong. Prospero Amatong (District 2) with each having an allocation of P5 million, while Comval Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (District 1) had only P3 million.

On Monday, Zamora admitted receiving Bolante’s fertilizer only after the May 2004 elections. He said it was well accounted for and had list of beneficiaries for it who included even the militant Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas in his province.

Former Comval Gov. Jose Caballero also earier said he did not receive the fertilizer nor any money for it.

Gov. Del Rosario and former Cong. Floirendo have yet to issue a statement on the issue (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Tagum flexi-fare ordinance not yet at SP

Posted in davao del norte provincial board, davao del norte SP, tagum city mayor rey uy, tagum tricycle fare with tags , , , on November 17, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 18

The known flexi-fare ordinance of Tagum City Hall has not yet landed at the hall of the Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan as of yesterday.

Boardmember Larry Caminero said in text message that the legislation is not yet at level of the SP, which had its session yesterday afternoon.

SP secretary Dennis Dean Castillo confirmed that as of 5:00 PM yesterday he had not yet received the city’s flexi-fare ordinance.

The ordinance was approved in last week’s session of the city council.

The measure was enacted due to decreases of gasoline prices.

Earlier, Mayor Rey Uy asked for patience of commuting public in the city to wait for the eventual  approval of the ordinance amid calls for decrease of tricycle fare.

The ordinance has brackets of tricycle fares that would either increase or decrease depending on the current pump prices of gasoline.

Under the ordinance, the City Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board is the one which will call for fare increase or fare decrease from time to time.

The mayor himself reportedly pegged the price brackets in the ordinance drafted by City Legal Officer Atty. Roland Tumanda a week after the ordinance on fare increase from P7 to P10 effected last September 19. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Lakas-CMD nat’l directorate grooming Maricar for Congress?

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, cong way kurat zamora comval, cong. manuel "way kurat" zamora birthday, gov. chiongkee uy comval with tags , , , on November 17, 2008 by cha monforte
Way K to retire by 2010, says he’ll be prov’l Lakas campaign mgr

nov 17

It seems the powerful national directorate of the administration’s dominant Lakas-CMD party is already showing its body language of choosing Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay over contending Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya for the District 1 congressional post in Compostela Valley.
In an interview, Maricar, daughter of Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, said yesterday she was grateful that she had attended a leadership training sponsored by the Lakas-CMD national directorate last October 15 to 18 at Tagbilaran City in Bohol.
The last-termer congressman celebrated his 58th birthday yesterday at his sprawling Octagon farm park at Monkayo. 
Maricar said that the Tagbilaran training was attended by some 40 potential Lakas-CMD standard-bearers from across the country at the party’s expense.
Courses on the training included basic preparations for the elections and “how to’s” including how to win as a Lakas-CMD candidate, she said.
“This coming November 25 to 28, I’ll attend in the second phase of leadership training for Lakas women leaders,” she added.
She was invited by Lakas-CMD national executive director Rey Roquero, also a known party top national stalwart.
Asked on her own preparation for her congressional bid, she said she had already gone to the farthest barangay in District 1 at Cagan Valley up in New Bataan town.
“Ginatrabahoan pa gyud nako na,” she said.
But his father Cong. Zamora said that the Lakas-CMD directorate’s series of invitations to Maricar does not mean that she is already the standard-bearer for the district’s post.
He said that if Maricar would be chosen as the one, it would be up for Vice Gov. Gentugaya to decide whether to go out from the party or not.
But he said though in jest not to talk on the reverse situation saying that it would not happen anyway.
During his turn of acceptance speech as a birthday celebrant, Cong. Zamora surprised a thousand of well-wishers when he doused cold water to the running talk that he is running as mayor in Compostela town “is not true”, “atik lang to” adding that he just wanted to know who were loyal to his leadership.
As to the other talk that he is going around to barangays to run as governor, “bakak na” saying that he would never part ways with his kumpare, Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, who was among yesterday’s leading well-wishers.
He said he does not want to suffer the same fate to Caballeros and Palma Gils in Davao Oriental of losing for running simultaneously in two top positions.
He also said that he will be the Lakas-CMD campaign manager in 2010 polls after he would retire from politics two years from now.
But he immediately tried to dispel fears to “my loyalist 98 barangay captains” saying that his daughter Maricar was born to carry on what he started.
Also among the thousand of well-wishers who trooped at Octagon farm park yesterday to greet the congressman were Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina, New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo Balbin, Boardmember Neri Barte, and officials from various government agencies and sectors. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com 

NEWS: Way Kurat admits receiving P3 M Bolante’s fertilizer

Posted in comval cong way kurat zamora, comval davao del norte bolante scam, cong arrel olano davao del norte, former comval cong. prospero amatong, former cong. tonyboy floirendo, former gov. joecab caballero, governor rodolfo del rosario, kmp comval with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 17

On his birthday yesterday, Compostela Valley Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (1st District) admitted yesterday that he also received the controversial Bolante fertilizer but in August 2004, after the May 2004 polls.
“It was all duly accounted for and I even issued memorandum receipts to the recipient barangay captains,” he said.
“I have my list of recipients, and I wish I’ll be the first one to be called in the investigation so that I’ll be exonerated,” he added.
He said that it was not P3 million money that he received but fertilizers, “katong naa sa one litro, liquid”. 
In a press conference after lunch and amid an ongoing birthday celebration held tophill of his Octagon farm park nestling on rolling hills at Monkayo poblacion, Zamora, now 58, said that it was the municipality of New Bataan during the administration of the late Margarito Cualing which was the original recipient of the so-called Bolante fertilizers.
Considering the fertilizers’ arrival after the polls, he said, the accusation is thus wrong that he used the fertilizer for election purposes.
He added that since he wanted that the fertilizer be distributed in his district, the stock then was delivered to his congressional district office and he identified the  barangay captains “who know better” how to dispose it as the final recipients.
Except in Monkayo, the rest of the barangays in District 1 received the fertilizer, he said.
At that time, Zamora was then at political odds with Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes.
Even the militant farmers in the Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (KMP) have received “one multicab of fertilizer” months after the distribution when he learned that there was still remaining stock in his office when the group complained to him about reported fertilizer scam, Zamora bared.
Meanwhile, Davao del Norte Cong. Arrel Olano (District 1) has remained mum on the issue when asked again in text query by Sidlak until 7:00 PM last night.
In the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) website, Bolante’s letter to Olano is published online as one of the exhibits of PCIJ’s expose story on the fertilizer scam, entiltled “Billions in Farm Funds Used for Arroyo Campaign”.
The special allotment release order (SARO) of the P728 million fertilizer fund dated Feb. 3, 2004 contained the names of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, former Comval Gov. Jose Caballero, former Davao del Norte Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo (District 2) and former Comval Cong. Prospero Amatong (District 2) with each having an allocation of P5 million, while Zamora had only P3 million.
During the campaign period for the 2004 polls, Del Rosario’s son Anthony Rafael was then sitting as boardmember being the president of Federation of Association of Barangay Captains (FABC).
Already, Caballero last week said he did not receive any fertilizer or fertilizer fund after he complied with requirements sought by a letter from the Department of Agriculture informing him of the P5 million fertilizer fund allocation. 
Sidlak tried but failed to contact Gov. Del Rosario and former Cong. Floirendo. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com