Archive for November, 2008

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)

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)

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) 

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)

NATION’S BLOG: Cagayan de Oro’s smile, chada, kinilaw, bars, etc

Posted in cagayan de oro, cdo, cdo's bars, chada, mindanao state university, msu-marawi with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by cha monforte

Mindanawon’s Tea

By Cha Monforte

Cagayan de Oro is a city known as one wearing with a big smile. My Dabawenyo’s fling with the northern city in Mindanao started in the 1981 when I passed by and slept there for the first time en route to enrol as iskolar in Mindanao State University in Marawi City. There was that feeling of being differently at home with that warm, unassuming and unambitious aura that exuded in my first step to CDO.

At that time It was then the Capistrano Street that was the CBD- Central Business District. I recalled the then thriving cinemas located along the street. When you’re going west, the street crosses the still known Divisoria and ends at Saint Augustine Cathedral, near the Gaston Park.

It was twilight when I had the first sight of the city’s CBD. There was that mixed mood from the city’s then humdrum life and tranquil vivacity, as jeepneys were not yet so abundant and stopped infront at Nation Theater at Velez Street to pick up passengers. The city was awfully clean. What also captivated me was the plenty of pretty Cagayanon ladies. Chada gyud ang Cagayan de Oro!

Each time I had my summer, sem and Xmas break in MSU-Marawi, I wouldn’t pass without sleeping a night at CDO before going home to Davao. I could be more refreshed to withstand the long kilometers of travel via Butuan then as via Buda to Davao was not yet existing in the 80s. The stopover afforded me an R & R on student budget, though. A sight-seeing walk, girls-watching, a movie, and a taste of Cagayanon’s different kinilaw were hearty relish already.

The kinilaw in CDO is different or it’s the same in places I have already gone to in northern Mindanao like Iligan, Ozamiz and Oroquieta. It’s superb than the kinilaw we have in Davao. It is bathed still with vinegar but with the tabon-tabon and biasong, than with lemonsito in Davao. The tabon-tabon makes the kinilaw somehow aplod, and makes it sooo lami in your taste buds!

Anyway, in my later forays in the city as yet another yuppie (then and for the heck of the bygone days now) but enmeshed with a lot of PO, NGO engagements I learned more of its intricacies, politics, peace, expressions, Cruz Taal, Xavier U, Dongkoy Emano’s hoarse voice and other things why it is called as a City of Golden Friendship.

Maybe because it’s a city fronting Sugbu after a sea that its unfettered democracy thrives so well that there’s no sacred cow outta there. Politicians are by and large not onion-skinned and would trade barbs issues to issues over the media no matter what.

I must say that CDO’s fair and free culture is best felt in its finest bars where the sons and daughters of the richest and of the most slippered and sandoed mingle freely sans discrimination and condescendence. There was that classy Gonzi bar in my one night in CDO, I recall, that mixed smell of perfumes combined with the odor from sweat of the brawn. The night with the live band had no inhibition with pretty rich coeds swinging out on the floor elbow to elbow with the youngs from hoi pollois.


The rich tradition of friendship, non-discrimination and freedom of CDO’s humanity amidst a large peace is best expressed and felt in its bars. The friendship is blown up by its creative people and event organizers, while peace is much secured by each officialdom and anchored on the rule of law. More than ever, the city’s freedom, as epitomized by Nene Pimentel’s revolt against Marcos when he was still the CDO’s mayor, has been burning in the warm, friendly and brave hearts of the Cagayanons. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

SPECIAL BLOG: Finally I found the Bolante list at

Posted in bolante list, complete bolante list, fertilizer scam bolante list, fertilizer scam list, fertilizer scam list recipients, list congressman governors who received fertilizer fund, list of jocjoc bolante, list of recipients fertilizer fund scam with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by cha monforte

Yahoo! The complete Bolante list in the fertilizer fund scam

Ok, sorry, my PC at home has long been set to Firefox browser and google search engine, apparently the leading online search tools in the Philippines now. But unfortunately, as to the complete Bolante list in the fertilizer fund scam, it all leads to news stories with partial recipients only. This morning I complained and asked for help. When I tried Firefox and yahoo search engine, then and there the Bolante list appears in the first page. Yahoo! I found it in this link: . But yesterday’s hard copy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer has a rather different list. I wish there would be someone who will encode it for comparison, or we’ll ask the PDI to post its list online- Cha Monforte

edited nov 15:

now thanks to, one of this site’s visitors who led me to pcij link:, for the list of recipients based on SARO (special allotment release order), where the names of governors appeared (in our case). Hit the one dated February 3, 2004 at the right sidebar and link Related Documents.A lot of thanks to baycasimiro – Cha Monforte




I’ve been searching for three days now in the net using various combinations of keywords about the fertilizer fund scam, in the hope that I’ll land in sites that have the complete list of Bolante’s fertilizer fund recipients. Until this writing, I still fail to get it. Yesterday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer published the list where all names of the congressmen in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley in 2004 appeared, but it has no online version for everybody in each nook in the country to know if his congressman or governor is listed. Will somebody encode it for online publication? I’m sorry I cannot, because of precious time. Or is there already that complete list in the net? Please inform me of the link, if ever there is. – Cha Monforte

NEWS: Judge Clapis subpoenas DoF, DBM experts for say on P90 M bond float

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On TRO, injunction vs. Nabunturan bond flotation
nov 13

NABUNTURAN- Regional Trial Court Judge Helarion Clapis here has ordered yesterday to send subpoenas to the regional offices of the Department of Finance and the Department of Budget and Management for their experts to testify and give opinions as neutral parties on the P90-million bond flotation project of the municipal administration which town oppositors seek to stop through court action.

Bond float oppositors last Friday filed at RTC-Branch 3 here last Friday a court case praying for injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (TRO) against respondents Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and Councilors Iluminada Cabuga, Darwin Tan, Edilberto Minoza, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Trinidad, ABC president Alfredo Manalop, sectoral representative Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan president Jennifer Gamao.

Not included in the case were also oppositionist councilors Raul Caballero and Editha Arangcon.

Complainants of the case and authorized representatives of the people’s initiative petition were Councilor Alfonso Tabas, Jr. Emilio delos Reyes and newsman Cha Monforte.

The case filed was docketed as Civil Case No. 898.

The respondents have answered yesterday their comment and opposition to the case following Monday’s summons of Judge Clapis for them to enter appearance within 15 days from receipt of summons.

Only Minoza and Gamao were not present in yesterday’s hearing.

They were represented by their counsels prosecutor Ferdinand Villanueva and provincial prosecutor Graciano Arafol.

On the other hand, the complainants’ counsels were Atty. Rex Lopoz and Atty. Carlo Ancla.

In yesterday’s first hearing on the injunction with TRO, following hearing of arguments that a took a little over an hour, Judge Clapis said,  citing Rule 58 on the rules of court on injunction and a “limited knowledge of this court” on bond flotation such as about its fees and costs and how it affects the people of Nabunturan, “there is a need to issue subpoenas” to DoF and DBM “to testify and inform this court on the effects of bond flotation, whether or not it would be for the benefit or disadvantage of the people”.

He said that the court has the power to impose an injunction to a government unit if there is a need for “special probationary remedy to correct an error”.
He said there is a need for experts from neutral parties and not those coming from local parties on the bond flotation to enlighten his court whether he would issue an injunction or not.

He ordered his court sheriff Rene Suarez to serve the summons to DoF and DBM today and scheduled the next hearing Thursday next week, Nov. 20. (Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Mayor Uy will not revoke business permit if payment is voluntary

Posted in atty roland tumanda, mayor rey chiong uy, ndc-tagum, nursing gradautes tagum city, tagum city administrator raffy abrenica with tags , , , , on November 14, 2008 by cha monforte

As NDC-Tagum appeals

nov 13

Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy will not be revoking the business permit of North Davao College Tagum Foundation Inc if the school will first make voluntary the payment of the fees for the nursing review and mock board examinations.

The mayor made bare his stand in a text message yesterday following Tuesday’s appeal of the censured officials and nursing students in lower years of the NDC-Tagum for the mayo not to revoke the school’s business permit.

In a DXDN Radyo Ukay-Tagum report yesterday, Dr. Roberto Palec, NDC-Tagum dean of nursing, pleaded to Uy to make more probe on the allegations against his school before making his final decision on whether to revoke the business permit of the school particularly for its nursing school program.

Dr. Palec said there is a process to follow before they could be penalized with revocation of business permit.

In another radio report, the NDC-Tagum nursing students in lower years especially those in the fourth year now also asked for non-revocation since they are already graduating by March next year.

On Monday the city council has censured the school with seven resolutions including the declaration of four top officials of the school as persona non grata and the revocation of the permit of the school’s nursing course program.

NDC president Anita Somoso, Palec and other officials went to the mayor’s office on Tuesday for the purpose but they were only met by City Administrator Raffy Abrenica and City Legal Officer Roland Tumanda.

Meanwhile, Councilor Francisco Remitar said that while the city council has declared persona non grata to several NDC-Tagum officials it can only declare as such and could not put the censured officials in contempt.

He advised complaining party of nursing graduates and parents to go first to the barangay and then to the court for due relief. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: RDR: Tagum Lakas chair reserved for CO

Posted in dxdn radyo ukay-tagum news, governor rodolfo del rosario, lakas-cmd in comval, lakas-cmd in davao del norte, tagum city mayor rey uy with tags , , , , on November 14, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 13

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said yesterday that since Tagum Mayor Rey Uy was the standard bearer of the ruling administration Lakas-CMD, the party’s chairmanship in the last 2007 elections is thus reserved to the latter being the top incumbent official in the city, said a DXDN Radyo Ukay-Tagum report.

“As far as I know, he is still with Lakas,” said Del Rosario in apparent comment to the report that the mayor has been gravitating towards the opposition based on his statements on a few of national issues in the past.

“Hinid na kailangang galawin ito,” he said referring to the current leadership set-up on the administration party in the city.

Picking up from the recent Lakas-CMD unification in Compostela Valley, the governor said the Lakas-CMD in his province would also have its oathtaking and reaffirmation of membership before the year will end.

The Lakas-CMD in Comval is chaired by the city mayor’s elder brother Governor Arturo Uy. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)