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NEWS: Yayong exudes confidence in three-corner mayoral fight in Tagum

Posted in chiong uy with tags , , , on December 17, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 14

Ex-Governor Yayong Gementiza: Tagum’s political titan (photo by Cha Monforte 12/12/2009)

TAGUM CITY- Former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza, the true-blue Bol-anon political chameleon, is visibly exuding a confident aura in his face knowing his “winning chances” with the entry of Congressman Arrel Olano to complete a good three-corner fight among Tagum’s political heavyweights including him and City Mayor Rey Uy, even while retired police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay scarcely stages an independent mayoral bid.
“Makuhaan gyud ug boto si CO sa pag-apil ni Olano (Chiong Oy can have a run of his votes with Olano’s entry),” said Gementiza in an interview, noting that the last-termer congressman “is close to the Catholic Church” and “he (Olano) can even get the solid Iglesia votes”.
Gementiza is visibly relying to the splitting of votes of the city’s electorate between Uy and Olano leaving him digging in with his own loyal and patronage following accumulated for decades of being a politico and win all the way to the new City Hall “that is just a walking distance from my house”.
In that winning scenario, he quipped: “I will not anymore spend my gasoline allowance and will just walk to report to my office and instead give the allowance to support the media,” he said laughing in jest.
And he charged: “If CO will be defeated, it’s a warning to the next mayor nga di sigeg pataka pataas ug buwis (not to indiscriminately raise taxes).
Mayor Uy was asked through text message for his appraisal to his rivals but as of press time his reply is still being awaited.
In twists of surprises, Gementiza, who earlier took his oath as new member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) as independent candidate while Olano, who is supposed to be the District 1 chairman of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, is also running as independent candidate.
Unimpeachable sources said that Olano was first offered to run for boardmember under Lakas but adopted candidate of the Liberal Party headed by Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario and not run for mayorship against Uy, who is with the governor and the LP. Olano is known as close ally of the governor
But on the last hours before the December 1 deadline of candidacy, Olano pulled a surprise by running as city mayor as independent Lakas candidate as he was reportedly not given certificate of nomination by the provincial Lakas chairman District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo.
Sources said there was ‘quid pro quo’ agreement between Del Rosario and Lagdameo not to give Lakas nomination to Olano although Gementiza said that Olano did not ask for it in the first place.
Olano has no vice mayoral candidate in tandem but has two candidates for city councilors former city councilor Rey Alba and Macario Bermudez, who is ending his third term as boardmember.
Gementiza, on the otherhand, said that “it’s better to be independent to give him and his group freedom which national party and presidential candidate to support and campaign in the local level.”
He also added that the support of Floirendos and Lagdameo to him was not also “certain” even if he would stick with the administration party.
The former governor has almost complete slate for city councillorship, and has retired Judge Justino Aventurado as his vice mayoral candidate in tandem.
On Saturday during the gift giving spree of Olano at his residence, in an interview, the congressman was coy and just quipped: “I’m staging a good fight”.
Olano distributed calendars bearing photos of his accomplishments and two kilos of rice inside a white plastic bag with his face and name emblazoned on it to thousands of people trooping infront the gate of his house at Delfina Subdivision. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Lawyering for Ampatuans won’t affect candidacy- Atty. Lopoz

Posted in Atty. Anwar Khalid Maliawao, atty. rex lopoz, WRIT OF AMPARO with tags , , , , on December 6, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 7

Lawyer Rex Lopoz, who is one of the group of lawyers defending the Ampatuans involved in the Maguindanao massacre, said that he does not believe that his lawyering for them would not affect his candidacy for congressman in the second district of Compostela Valley.
“We, lawyers are just performing our profession, we are just following processes the law and the rules provide for,” he said in a text message.
Atty. Lopoz said that “the people of Compostela Valley are not naive into thinking that just because I am one of the 40 lawyers hired by the Ampatuans, they would then not vote for me?”
“People should understand that the primary duty of a lawyer is to facilitate the administration of justice to ensure that the laws, rules and other processes are observed. Without observance of legal processes, human rights are surely violated,” he added.
The 32-year old lawyer is running independent in three-corner fight with reelectionist Congressman Rommel Amatong and former Governor Jose Caballero.
Lopoz and Atty. Anwar Khalid Maliawao succeeded Friday to get the writ of amparo from the Court of Appeals in Cagayan de Oro City for the members of the Ampatuan family against the military, Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation.
The hearing on the writ of amparo at the Solicitor General’s office in Manila was scheduled on December 9.
The two lawyers filed the early petition for the write of amparo in behalf of Governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and his father, Maguindanao Governor Andal Sr. on Thursday.
In their petition, Lopoz and Maliawao asked the court to order the military, the PNP and the NBI to lift restrictions on the movement of the Ampatuans, their supporters and lawyers.

They argued that their clients and the others restricted inside the houses of the Ampatuans in Shariff Aguak were being arbitrarily detained although there were no charges against them.

Lopoz and Maliawao left Maguindanao to file the petition in Cagayan de Oro City on November 30, a day before the military cordoned off Ampatuan houses.

They said that there was “virtual house arrest” made on 15 colleague lawyers left in an Ampatuan house in Maguindanao.

Justice Romulo Borja of the court’s 21st Division granted their petition and penned the resolution. It was issued at 10 a.m. Friday. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davao del Norte battle royale shifts to vice gubernatorial race

Posted in roger "dangpanan" israel, victorio "baby" suaybaguio jr with tags , on December 6, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 7

* Baby takes swipe at Dangpanan for much talk
* Dangpanan says credentials matter in legislation

TAGUM CITY- With the backing out of Lakas supposed Lakas candidate Margie Moran-Floirendo from gubernatorial race and ergo, the unopposed reelection bid of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (Liberal Party), the battle royale that was then expected to spark between the two clanmates appears now to have shifted to the vice gubernatorial race.

Pundits here have speculated that the vice gubernatorial race would be tight as reelectionist Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr  (LP) and Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) would be respectively supported by their patrons, the Floirendo and Del Rosario camps.

Former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr , who is not running, and Gov. Del Rosario have been largely considered as political kingpins in the second and first districts in the province, respectively.

“Whoever wins in the vice gubernatorial race vindicates who is the real  political kingpin throughout the province,” said  a boardmember who requested not to be named.

And last week the two vice gubernatorial candidates started to snipe at each other although in obviously withheld temper.

Suaybaguio took a swipe to Israel saying that the latter talks so much in giving reasons of his running.

“He should not talk so much about his qualifications for vice governor, that he is this and he is that. Talking about how to render and sustain more public services to the people of the province would do more good for him,” the vice governor said in an interview.

“He was not replaced in the provincial slate that was still being finalized the other Sunday. On the day of the fiesta (of Tagum City , Nov. 22) he was even visited by the governor, but the next thing we knew on the next day, he was absent in the session of the provincial board and we heard he was already sitting beside Margie (Moran-Floirendo),” Suaybaguio added.

The ex-Miss Universe took her oath on Nov 23 as new member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and declared she was excited to run for governor against her husband’s uncle by marriage, Del Rosario. She backed out from the race a few days after citing her “own Roxas-Moran family has prevailed over me to desist from pursuing my plans so as not to be caught in a family feud that may conclude to a bitter end.”

Suaybaguio, who joined in the exodus of Lakas incumbents in District 1 led by the governor to LP, added that he was not harboring ill feelings to the decision of Israel to remain with Lakas and run against him saying: “This is a free country. I respect his option and I can’t prevent him to run against me… even then I still consider him as a worthy member of one legislative body which has the vision of bringing true development for the people of the province.”

But Israel , in separate interview over the weekend, was quick to rebut Suaybaguio that he has just credentials to show and that these credentials matter since the position they are vying for is legislation.

He said that he has a long track record in legislative performance being a legislator and government worker for 15 years serving in various capacity as boardmember, former Tagum city councilor and ex-barangay councilor and barangay captain and Lupong Tagapamayapa chairman.

He said that he became even a senator of Jaycees Club International “like Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who was also a JCI senator”.

Asked about Israel ’s statements, Suaybaguio said , “cool… I would not quarrel with him with those”.

For his part, Israel said: “Maayo si Baby kay nahimong mayor sa Tagum, ako wala (Baby is better since he became a Tagum city mayor). But Dangpanan said he is presently “collecting  something” which he said he could not yet reveal at press time “as his secret yet which could defeat Baby”.

Suaybaguio and Israel , both hailing from the vote-rich Tagum City , have had their days considered as nino bonitos in the city’s politics. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davao Norte, Comval govs make high 5 as unopposed

Posted in governor dolfo del rosario with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 3

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy are making high five as both of them are running for their respective second reelection bid without any opponent not even a nuisance candidate.
Del Rosario of the Liberal Party is unopposed as former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran-Floirendo backed out Monday from her gubernatorial plan.
Uy of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, on the other hand, is unopposed as his critic former Governor Jose Caballero instead filed at 10:00 PM his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman under the Liberal Party banner in the province’s second district against reelectionist Congressman Rommel Amatong (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).
Atty. Rex Lopoz, resident of the capital town of Nabunturan, joined in the congressional race as he filed his COC as independent an hour before Caballero, also a lawyer, did.

In a sudden reversal a week after she declared she was excited to run for governor, Moran-Floirendo on Monday announced she was backing out from the gubernatorial race, saying: “After much thought and consideration, the Roxas-Moran family has prevailed over me to desist from pursuing my plans so as not to be caught in a family feud that may conclude to a bitter end.”
The 1973 Miss Universe is a granddaughter of the late President Manuel Roxas and cousin of LP vice presidential bet, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas III.
She said her family do not want her to be caught in the middle of a feud between her husband former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr  and Del Rosario.
She denied there were “concessions” made between the feuding political kingpins although Del Rosario earlier announced he would not be fielding an opponent to reelectionist District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo, provincial chair of Lakas-Kampi-CMD. Lagdameo is Tonyboy’s nephew.
And Del Rosario made true his promise as no one is running against Lagdameo.
However, in the first district, former boardmember Emily Alvarez, wife of former DOTC Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, will vie against the governor’s son former Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael del Rosario for the congressional seat.
But Del Rosario’s man in tandem Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr has an opponent for the vice gubernatorial run as Boardmember Roger Israel, who was suddenly left alone after Margie’s political exit, filed his COC for the post.
Reelectionist Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya of Compostela Valley is also unopposed.
On the other hand, a three-corner mayoral fight is set up in Tagum City between among City Mayor Rey Uy (LP), former Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza (independent) and last-termer Cong.Arrel Olano, a supposed Lakas-Kampi-CMD District 1 chairman who is now running independent.
In another three-corner congressional fight in the first district of Compostela Valley, controversial police officer Cesar Mancao filed his COC on Monday morning, while former Ombudsman graft investigator Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr filed Tuesday before noon and boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay, daughter of last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, filed last Saturday.
Zamora is not running of any post as he earlier said he would concentrate in campaigning for her daughter’s bid. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davao del Norte priest files COC for town mayor

Posted in FR. EMERSON "EM-EM" LUEGO with tags , , on December 6, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 1


A parish priest in Davao del Norte filed his certificate of candidacy for mayorship in Santo Tomas town yesterday early afternoon.

In an interview, Fr. Emerson “Em-Em” Luego, now on-leave parish priest of San Isidro town in the province, that “after deep reflection to a question, I have come to a heavy decision of meeting the challenge of the people of my hometown who want that something must change, and I know that this is a call of God.”

The 36-year old priest added: “Serving the people in public office is another call of God for another mission especially for my kababayans in Santo Tomas”.

Fr. Luego, who is running independent, said that Monsignor Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz early Monday gave a nod to the priest’s plan, and “wished me good luck” and even advised him not to fall into the dirty trappings of politics.

Luego said that with his running he is considered “on-leave” and could not celebrate the Church’s sacraments

On that same day, Luego tendered a tearful despidada party to his San Isidro parish leaders, laymen and apostolates.

During the occasion, the priest was remembered for the renovation of the San Isidro parochial church and convent he made.

“In our country’s traditional politics, there’s that virus of division, retaliation and revenge. I want to spread the virus of unity that the people will enjoy,” Fr. Luego said.

Although running independent but he said he would be supporting the presidential bid of Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party.

Luego would square off with reelectionist Mayor Maximo Estela of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and former Mayor Dario Romano. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Ex-Gov. Joecab girds to run vs. Cong. Amatong

Posted in atty. jaime "jun" lopoz jr, congressman rommel amatong, jose caballero joecab with tags , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte
In Comval
nov 27
atty jun lopoz

ATTY. JUN LOPOZ , Liberal Party District 1 Chairman- Compostela Valley

Ex-Governor Jose “Joecab” Cab allero is veering towards running for the 2nd district congressional post against first-termer Congressman Rommel “Bobong” Amatong even as yesterday the former Compostela Valley governor still insisted he has still an “either for governor or for congressman” option.
Pundits have speculated that when Caballero recently took his oath as the 2nd district chairman of the Liberal Party in the province and has been reportedly forming a lineup of candidates for boardmembers is signalling he would be taking the congressional run option.
Meanwhile, Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr, who is running for congressman, also took oath the other day in LP Manila headquarters as the first district chairman of LP in the province debunking reports that controversail ex-police officer Cesar Mancao, also a congressional candidate, got the district’s LP chairmanship.
Boardmember Maricar Apsay, daughter of last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, is also running for congress.
Last Sunday Mancao along with actor Cesar Montano made a motorcade of at least 50 vehicles across five towns in the first district except the highland Maragusan. The motorcade bannered yellow color as Mancao and his supporters wore yellow shirts with LP logo and letters and face of presidential candidate Senator Noynoy Aquino.
Reports said that Mancao’s membership application to LPwas junked by the party’s national directorate as he was accordingly “close to the Arroyos”.
Caballero’s final filing of candidacy for congressman would leave reelectionist Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy unopposed in the forthcoming 2010 election given the absence of good gubernatorial material except Caballero.
Uy has remained to stick with Lakas-Kampi-CMD after Sunday’s affirmative vote of partymates for Lakas and its standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro during an intense four-hour close-door political caucus marred by a walk-out of Cong Amatong who rooted for Teodoro than Senator Manny Villar, whom sources said was first preferred by Uy. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Margie Moran takes oath as new Lakas member, “excited” to run for gov in Davao del Norte

Posted in anton lagdameo, margie moran, margie moran-floirendo with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 25

Miss Universe 1973 title holder Margarita “Margie” Moran-Floirendo has taken her oath Monday as new member of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and declared before a crowd of political leaders in Davao del Norte that she is “presenting (herself) to help and be of service to the people in the whole province” by running for governor.

During the mass oathtaking of some 100 new members of the administration party chaired by Rep. Anton Lagdameo (2nd District) in Tagum City , the beauty queen said: “I am willing and excited to join with you in the coming campaign”.

Moran-Floirendo, 55, wife of former Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr, has reportedly the full backing of the Floirendo family including banana magnate Don Antonio Floirendo Sr., owner of the mammoth Tadeco banana exporting firm.

She would square off with reelectionist Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who last week jumped ship to Liberal Party from the administration party, in what observers said to be a battle royale between strange clanmates. The governor,75, is an elder brother in law of Margie’s husband Tonyboy.

Both the influential Floirendo and Del Rosario families had been reported to have been in “family feud” that erupted beginning in the last 2007 polls when the governor, who was then the Secretary for the New Government Centers under the Arroyo administration, ran for governor when Tonyboy was supposed to be the pick of the Floirendo clan while the governor’s son Anthony Rafael, then the vice governor and his father’s choice for governorship, slid down not to run.

Del Rosario had been acknowledged as the right hand man of Don Antonio in developing Tadeco, the country’s biggest banana exporter.  Tadeco’s sprawling plantation straddles across numerous barangays in at least three towns in Davao del Norte and is recently reported to boost at least 25,000 votes from families dependent on the livelihood to Tadeco.

But Moran-Floirendo refused to be dragged on the issue of family feud saying: “It’s immaterial, (Gov. Del Rosario) is Tonyboy’s uncle. I have no pain in my heart to run against him. I’m not here as politician, and I want to present myself to the people to give time to serve. In democracy there’s always the opposition.”

She said that election to her is no strange thing saying that before the breaking up of the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte into two provinces with Compostela Valley in 1998 she had been personally involved in campaigns supporting Del Rosario each time he ran for elective post.

She added that although her running for governor is her “first political experience” she said that she felt confident that given her long experience with the civil society and nongovernment organizations in wide range of advocacies and services such as on environment, gender, housing, peace and development could give her “good agenda for good governance”.

“The doors are just open and because there’s a vacancy in the governor’s position…the last thing I know after those civil society engagements that allowed me to reach to as far as Central Mindanao is how can I now help the province. I feel need to do something here,” Moran-Floirendo further said.

For his part, Rep. Lagdameo, who administered the oath for the new Lakas-Kampi-CMD members in the province’s District 2, said that Margie’s running has nothing to do with family feud, adding: “A family feud is a family feud between us, it should not be included in the affairs of the province”.

He said that since Del Rosario left for the opposition, “we have to complete our line up as the deadline (in the filing of certificates of candidacy) draws near and we have to put someone whom we know who can best run the province”.

Former Rep. Tonyboy in separate interview earlier said: “Mas magaling pa sa akin ‘yun. (She’s much better than me)” referring to her beauty queen. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee, Comval incumbents stick to Lakas, Gibo

Posted in bobong amatong, chiongkee uy, rey navarro, way kurat zamora with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 24

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and the rest of incumbent officials under the political aggrupation Uswag Comval have finally decided to stick it out for the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD Sunday evening in final minutes during what could be described as intense political meeting called for to choose who should be their presidential candidate.

In a closed door three-hour meeting held at Miko’s Brew coffee bar in Tagum City, the group decided as “final” to remain with the administration party and support the  administration party’s standard bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, confirmed Uy in a text message.

The meeting was attended by first district Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora , second district Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, municipal mayors and vice mayors except Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr and his Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag.

Midway in the meeting Laak Mayor Rey Navarro, in an interview, said that the group was “divided” in that Cong. Amatong and several mayors were for Teodoro, as the governor and other mayors rooted for Senator Manny Villar of Nacionalista Party while Cong. Zamora “would side whoever the governor would decide to support” . Sources said that the name of Senator Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party was also entertained.

Close to 9 P.M. and about 45 minutes before the meeting ended, Amatong was seen hurrying to leave from the venue.

Sources said that the group then ended up into voting where the administration’s bet emerged to be the choice fearing a break up of Uswag Comval.

After the meeting, Navarro said “it’s final for the sake of unity we go for Lakas and Gibo”, while Mabini Mayor Hajji Amir Munoz said “we agreed that nobody would leave Lakas”.

Uy said in text message that he had already discussed the issue with Mayor Brillantes in a lunch with him Saturday and that the latter agreed to abide with the group’s collective decision.

Earlier, the governor has been much talked of by pundits to be rooting for Villar than with Teodoro although he was reported to be not closing the door to the Nacionalista Party or Liberal Party if ever they would not remain with the administration party citing that “both parties have the firepower needed for the elections.”

Meanwhile, in separate interview, former Maco Mayor Miller Alaba, who said he is an ardent fan of former President Cory Aquino and presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, said that “Gov. Uy’s act of going down under his partymates is so humbling and endearing to me”.

Alaba said that while he would go for the opposition he would support Uy and would not support this early former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero who has been reportedly forming slates under the opposition, possibly swooping down to get the vacant NP now for either a gubernatorial comeback or a renewed congressional run.

The recent support the Uswag Comval has at least boosted up Teodoro in the province despite that he is far trailing behind in local surveys reportedly made by local politicians while Aquino has remained to rank number 1. (By Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Igacos VM to run vs. Antalan

Posted in ANIANO ANTALAN, davao del norte, Igacos, ORLY AMIT with tags , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 20

Island Garden City of Samal Vice Mayor Orly Amit has confirmed that he would be running under a “yellow group” against reelectionist Mayor Aniano Antalan saying that the island “deserves to have another one” and “considering the mayor’s age and health condition”.
Amit, a first termer vice mayor, speaking in yesterday’s Kapihan sa Kapitolyo media forum at the media center in Capitol, Tagum City, said claimed that an ealier meeting attended by former 2nd District Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr and Cong. Anton Lagdameo and some island political leaders had drewn out a consensus of having him run as city mayor “in tandem with Antalan”.
Antalan, Lakas stalwart, could not yet be reached for comment at press time.
The vice mayor said that he had been running in previous polls as opposition bet and that while he won in the last polls as Kampi candidate over the candidate supported by Floirendos, he still maintained his “respect to the Floirendos”.
The Floirendos with Lagdameo are traditionally acknowledged to be District 2 political kingpin with their mammoth Tadeco plantation in Panabo and Sto. Tomas towns commanding at least 25,000 votes.
“I thank for the Floirendos but I need to listen to the voices of the people… It’s hard to refuse people who are millionaires, I maintain my respect to them, but people in the island clamor for change,” Amit said.
Amit’s declaration that he would be running under a “yellow group” has fueled speculations among observers in the province that the Floirendos would be girding into a polical fight comes election time against Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who on Wednesday jumped ship to Liberal Party.
A mass oathtaking of District 1 political leaders led by Gov. Del Rosario to the Liberal Party took place in Tagum City Wednesday with vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas officiating. Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy also took his oath as new LP member.
Sources said the LP oathtaking for the District 2 would come next.

As this developed, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in the District 2 would accordingly have its oathtaking of members today at Carmen town, after which they are expected to attend attend in the birthday bash of today’s celebrant Tadeco’s grand old man Antonio “White Hair” Floirendo Sr.
Earlier, Cong. Lagdameo reminded incumbent officials in the 2nd District in a meeting that they would be sticking it out with the administration’s Lakas -Kampi-CMD and its presidential bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.
Observers have speculated that both the Floirendos and Del Rosarios, who position as District 1 kingpin, would put up their respective lineups of candidates in the municipal and provincial levels including the congressional slots against each other in the two districts in what could appear this early as a feverish Lakas vs. LP encounter in the coming 2010 polls. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Court stops P90 M bond flotation of Compostela Valley LGU

Posted in nabunturan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte
nov 13

The Regional Trial Court Branch 3 has issued an injunction stopping the implementation of the P90-million bond flotation of the local government of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.
RTC Branch 3 Executive Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr in his decision, released Wednesday, in the Special Civil Case No. 898  praying for injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction stated that his sala finds that the three complainants, who are town residents, “have sufficiently established the existence of grave damage and irreparable injury to justify, albeit provisionally the restraint of the act or acts complained of in this the bond flotation scheme.”
Temporarily enjoined not to make any act relating to bond flotation pending the decision of the case on the merits are Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and town councilors Darwin Tan, Eduardo Minosa, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Trinidad, Iluminida Cabuga, Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.
The officials have been wanting to raise P90 million by selling government bonds to the public to fund for the construction of a “mall-like” public market building to replace the old market building razed by a fire four years ago.
Complainants were Charlie Monforte, a journalist, Emilio delos Reyes, a president of a  parent-teachers association and opposing Councilor Alfonso Tabas Jr.
They charged in their complaint that the bond flotation enacted by Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 “is clearly oppressive and grossly disadvantageous which if not repealed will result to great wastage of taxpayers’ money, dissipate the coffers of the Local Government Unit and importantly displace hundreds of market vendors from the said facility resulting to loss of income. loss of jobs and grievous economic injuries to ordinary citizens of Nabunturan”.

The respondents filed a motion to dismiss last February citing lack of jurisdiction and lack of cause of action, but complainants filed opposition to it following hearings where regional officials and experts from Dept of Finance and Dept. of Budget and Management and Local Finance Committee officials were summoned to testify as resource persons.
Monforte and Delos Reyes were also complainants of a separate graft complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao last August.
In that complaint, the two charged that the same respondents have allegedly failed to conduct public bidding in the hiring of the bond flotation’s financial adviser-consultant Preferred Ventures Corporation, a Makati-based firm.
They claimed that even without the “legislative enactment, ordinance or resolution to hire a financial consultant and advisor for the municipality’s infrastructure project, Mayor Humol proceeded to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Preferred Ventures” and “(it) became an automatic financial consultant/advisor without passing through the bidding procedure as required by law”.
For opposing the bond flotation, Councilors Raul Caballero, Editha Arangcon and Tabas were spared from the complaint.  (Al Rosero/Rural Urban News)