Archive for November, 2009

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)


NEWS: Korte mipahunong sa P90 M bond flotation sa LGU Nabunturan

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

nov 12

Bag-ohay pa lamang gipagawas sa Regional Trial Court Branch 3 sa Nabunturan ang writ of preliminary injunction nga nagmando sa mga opisyales sa munisipyo sa Nabunturan sa dili sa paghimo ug mga lakang sa pag-implementar sa P90-milyones nga bond flotation nga mogasto unta sa katukuran sa bag-ong public market building sa lungsod.
Si RTC Executive Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr mipagawas sa maong orden sa preliminary injunction penetsahan niadtong Nobyembre 4 ug niadtong miaging adlaw lamang kini gi-serve ngadto sa mga tulo ka mga complainant nga residente sa lungsod ug ngadto kang Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin, ug mga konsehales nga mipabor sa maong proyekto nga sila Darwin Tan, Iluminada Cabuga, Eduardo Minoza, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Asion, Felipe Masambo ug Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.
Si Judge Clapis sa iyahang desisyon sa Special Civil Case No. 898 para sa injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction kabahin sa maong proyekto sa lokal nga kagamhanan nagkanayon nga ang mga complainants nga si Charlie Monforte, Emilio delos Reyes ug Councilor Alfonso Tabas supisyente nga nakaestablisar nga adunay dakong damyos ug di na mamaayo nga kadautan nga mahimo sa maong bond flotation kung kini maimplementar, bisag tuod temporaryo pa ang pagpahunong niini samtang ang prinsipal nga isyu ug aksyon kabahin sa merito sa bond flotation hatagan pa ug pinal nga hukom sa korte.
Kahinumduman nga ang maong tulo ka complainant unang nangayo ug injunction sa RTC Branch 3 sa ilang gusto nga ipahunong ang P90 milyones nga bond flotation nga gimando sa Municipal Ordinance 2008-10 tungod sa giingong dakong pagkadis-adbantahe sa gobyerno ug pagkalas-kalas sa kwarta sa katawhan tungod sa giingong dagkong mga di angayang mga gasto ug intereses sa bond flotation ikumparar sa simpling pag-utang lamang sa bangko.
Giingon pod sa reklamo sa mga complainant nga ang P90-milyones nga bond flotation makapadislokar sa daghang mga market vendors nga moresulta ngadto sa pagkawala sa ilang panginabuhian, trabaho ug kita, samtang giingon nga kini makahatag usab ug ekonomikanhong kadautan ngadto sa ordinaryong lungsuranon sa Nabunturan.
Niadtong Pebrero ang mga hingtungdan nga mga opisyales miduso sa ilang motion to dismiss sa maong reklamon sa rason nga kini may lack of jurisdiction ug lack of cause of action.
Apan sa Marso mihimo ug opposition ang mga complainant sa maong motion to dismiss sa mga hingtungdang opisyales human sa mga hearing sa pagtuki sa mga merito sa isyu sa bond flotation diin kini gitambongan sa mga resource persons nga mga opisyales rehiyunal gikan sa Dept. of Finance, Dept of Budget and Management ug mga lokal nga opisyales gikan sa Local Finance Committee sa lungsod.
Wa naapil sa orden sa injunction sila Councilor Raul Caballero ug Councilor Editha Arangcon tungod kay apil sila nga miiposar sa ordinansa sa P90-million bond flotation. (RUN)