Archive for April, 2010

NEWS: Ex-cop Tagum mayoralty bet says: “I don’t believe on surveys”, “I most credible among us four”

Posted in cesar cuntapay on April 27, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

april 5

Saying that he is no pushover in the current Tagum City’s exciting electoral race, ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar “Kuya Cesar” Cuntapay asserted that he is “most credible among us four” who are running for city mayor.

He was referring the four as to be consisting of him, City Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy, ex-Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza, and Congressman Arrel Olano, less the obscure candidate Charlito Amespero, who is reportedly a bugasero.

In an interview, Cuntapay said that his candidacy, although he is running alone without any slate and is lacking of logistics, has offered nothing except his “credibility, moral and spiritual values” over the other city mayoralty candidates even as he hit alleging that each of his rivals has a credibility problem.

He said that as he is running “not for personal interest”, he has with him the “quality votes from conscientious people and those spiritually guided who will deliver my winnability”.

Cuntapay also claimed that he is being supported by “people from the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and those from the Silent Majority- from the landed gentry, those in the transport groups, professionals and multisectoral groups.”

He also said that a lot of people are volunteering to help his candidacy at present, “this is providential, kay nag-abot-abot ang akong mga amigo” like priests, doctors and lawyers whom he said have given him advices in his current running.

“By giving the people hope and aspiration, that would already be enough for me, I’m happy for it,” he said.

“I’m a leader with commitment, sincerity and consistency,” he added.  

In the same interview, Cuntapay also downplayed survey results saying that he is in the first place a non believer on surveys that are self-serving and are immediately accepted by others whenever the results are favoring them.

“I do not believe on surveys made by someone else… what should preoccupy candidates is just to work hard during the campaign, do your thing as I’ll also do mine,” he said.

Cuntapay is bred under the tutelage of strictly disciplinarian Ilocano parents. At young age, he was educated in an exclusive school for boys, and had studied in a seminary for one year in college, before he became a barrister (graduate of bachelor of laws) and a policeman serving first Manila then to his home city of Tuguegarao , where he retired. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: “Tit-for-tat” junking remains for Lagunzad, Aala

Posted in boardmember tony lagunzad on April 27, 2010 by cha monforte

“Noynoy pa rin, way lubotay, daug o pildi”- Cee O

 april 6

TAGUM CITY – “It’s tit for tat,” said reelectionist City Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy here in describing his continued junking of co-Liberal partymates, reelectionist Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad and comebacking ex-boardmember Shirley Aala.

Without mincing his words, the city mayor, in an interview, called the two candidates as “opportunists”.

The Rural Urban News tried but failed to reach Lagunzad and Aala for comment.

Uy said: “Gisagop man unta, pero diay mga oportunista! (They were carried by the slate, but they’re actually opportunists)”.

He reiterated again that the Lagunzad was caught with hands inside the cookie jar when he distributed rice “coming from (Congressman) Olano”.

Aala on the other hand was reportedly junked by the mayor after her son, former councilor Tristan “Bong” Aala crossed going to the political fence of Olano (independent Lakas-Kampi-CMD), from the independent group of former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza.

The younger Aala deserted his mandate as councilor a year before the last 2007 elections when he went to Japan and worked there. He returned home only last year.

On the other hand, when asked on the presidential bet he is supporting, Mayor Uy said: “Everbody knows my politics- way lubotay, I’m true and true supporting Noynoy, daug o pildi.”

He added that on the contrary it was Lagunzad and Aala who made political lobotomy stabbing him.

Meanwhile, thousands of leaflets of last-termer city councilor and candidate for boardmember Joey Millan (LP) have been distributed by his volunteers in the city.

Surprisingly, Millan’s campaign leaflets however still contain the names of Lagunzad and Aala and no name of Mayor Uy. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: “I’m determined to run vs. AGR” – Emily Alvarez

Posted in District 1 congressional aspirant Emily Alvarez with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

Davao Norte election campaign

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News


Finally breaking up her penchant to have rare appearance with the local media since when she filed her certificate of candidacy, District 1 congressional aspirant Emily Alvarez said on Friday that she is really “determined to run” following hearing of issue about her that she was just running on face-saving make-believe posture rather than opt to withdraw from the race, which is a more laughable thing to do.

Emily Alvarez is the better half of former congressman and ex-DOTC secretary Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez. While then serving as a boardmember, she ran for Congress in 2007 but lost to now last-termer Arrel Olano causing her to disappear from political scene in the province.

Now she is squaring off with the governor’s son and former vice governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario, known of his public nick “AGR”.

Pundits said that she has been a long absentee in the district where she is running now as she is reportedly always spending her time in Manila .

But in an interview, she warded off the issues saying, “ang dapat pag-uusapan ay kung anong tulong ang naihatag mo sa katawhan (what should be talked about is what help one has given for the people of the district).

She said that out of her own personal initiative P30 million worth of development fund was poured to each of the water district in Kapalong and Asuncion towns.

She charged that AGR did not have this personal initiative in laying down projects that benefited people adding that if ever AGR had intervened for development he had only accessed development fund from the provincial government where his father is the governor.

“I know I can help people, sayang din naman ang connection ko,” she said adding that if she had not run then people would have no alternative to choose from besides AGR. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


Posted in Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

In latest Tagum surveys

By Cha Monforte. Rural Urban News


Former Davao del Norte Governor and Tagum City mayoralty candidate Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza (independent) has claimed that it is him and City Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy who are racing closely in surveys and not “Cee O versus Olano” as claimed by a survey reported the other week.

He said that another survey made by an “independent group” showed that result that “I got 2,835 votes while Cee O got 2,913 votes.”

“The one percent margin is too small for me to easily beat him (Uy) for the third time,” added Gementiza.

The former governor did not, however, divulge to Rural Urban News the group who made the survey adding that he did neither commission for it.

“Somebody funded the survey and I was just furnished of the survey results,” he said in vernacular.

“This is better sign because in 2001 when I beat him in city mayoralty fight I got only 20 percent while Cee O got 80 percent in a survey made when the election was still far, while the survey close before the election day I got already 30 percent against Cee O’s 70 percent. In that election I won, but that was year 2001,” the former governor reminisced.

He added that he believed on surveys saying that by its results he could know where he was weak.

He said that the survey revealing a close fight between him and Uy was made the other week and it covered eight barangays, which he did not also divulge to the Rural Urban News.

He bared though that half of the barangays covered are in the poblacion while the other half are rural barangays.

The survey has a total of 9,693 respondents, 2,835 or 29.25 percent of whom favored Gementiza, while Mayor Uy got 2,913 or 30 percent.

At 1 percent margin, Gementiza and Uy were statistically tied considering the plus or minus 2 percent margin of error.

In the same survey claimed by Gementiza, Olano 2,115 or 21.8 percent, while there were 1,830 or 18.9 percent who were undecided.

Last week, one weekly in the city reported that a survey, that it did not mention who made it, showed Uy and Olano to be in neck-to-neck race, with the mayor still establishing a lead among all mayoralty rivals in the city. Gementiza placed a far third in the survey.

But Gementiza said: “basig survey-survey lang to ni Olano ug (Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative OIC GM Allan) Laniba”. Laniba was identified to that weekly.

Gementiza though said that surveys in the city “tend to favor the administration kay mahadlok ang mga tawo nga gi survey (survey respondents fear to talk). That’s my secret of winning”. He did not elaborate.

Mayor Uy said, on the other hand, that he believed on surveys nga tinud-anay “to know the real picture” of one’s standing during the campaign, even if one would not commission a professional pollster firm.

For his part, Cong. Olano said that he believed on surveys “depending on who made it’ and especially if it is scientifically done.

But in Tagum City , he said, surveys are not so reliable citing his observation that people would tend to keep silent, “di mosulti nga Olano, di pod mosulti nga Cee O”.

“It’s nice to look up survey results, but one reliable survey I’m always considering is that one commissioned by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario,” he said, saying that it is done by professionals from Davao City.

Olano however has observed a strange phenomenon of high percentage of undecided in this election period.

He said that the present 27-percent undecided is “so high, morag imposible dapat baba na at this time” in reference to a second-wave survey results he happened to know of.

“The high number of undecided voters in the survey would only imply that there is fear among the people to tell who their candidates are,” he added.

But also mayoralty candidate ex-cop and businessman Cesar Cuntapay said that generally he did not believe on surveys “made by someone else” adding that what should preoccupy candidates “is just to work hard during the campaign, do your thing as I’ll also do mine.” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Olano, Uy trade barbs on Tagum City Hall’s P40 M consultancy fee

Posted in Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News


Tagum City mayoralty rivals City Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy and Congressman Arrel Olano have traded barbs over the P40 million consultancy fee in connection with the new and modern city hall building which is undergoing construction at Apokon at present.

Earlier, Cong. Olano broke the issue to another Tagum-based weekly and over a local radio station in separate interviews that the over P40-million consultancy fee covering the services of one consultant from February 2008 to February 2010 was “lavish” even as he said that this was done while many people in barangays were in dire need of livelihood programs.

Calling for transparency on the project, the congressman charged that the new city hall construction is incurring continued high expenditures through heavy borrowing from Development Bank of the Philippines .

He reckoned that the new city hall could not be completed this year saying that DBP would no longer lend out additional cash to the city government this year.

Rebutting the Olano’s charges on the P40-million consultancy fee, Mayor Uy, in an interview Friday, said: “Yes, that’s true but it’s allowed in law. Wa nato gi-deny na (I don’t deny that).”

He said that the P40 million consultancy fee represented only 11 percent of the total project cost and “that is allowable” and under government laws consultancy fee for projects “is allowable up to 18 percent”.

He said that the consultancy fee covered a wide range of consultant’s works including the design of the structure, construction supervision and payment for the consultant’s engineers.

On the next vein, the mayor turned the table to Cong. Olano by questioning the latter’s own consultancy fee that “amounted to P300,000 a month and multiply that with 12 months and 9 years (of his 3 terms)”. He added that the total amount could easily reach to P30 million “without us seeing him produced any law of significant contribution.”

He also alleged that Olano, who was then the city vice mayor, was part of the decision when the city parted 15-percent consultancy fee for Schema consultant in the construction of the new public market in the city, “pero tan-awa ra, palpak man ang drainage ug stalls niini (the drainage and stalls of this are defective).

Uy also accused Olano of receiving commissions from the projects funded out of his Countrysides Development Fund (CDF), the known pork barrel in Congress.

He also said that the Olano allegedly “chose the contractor and even sub-contracted” his CDF-funded projects even if the funds came from the public works department and “by that he could easily get 20- to 30-percent commission”.

He said that it was only last year and this year that Olano put up projects in the city as “most of his projects, about 80 percent, were put outside the city para dili mahalata (so he could not be closely observed)”. “Ang ato lang ang malasakit sa atong dapit, sa katawhan, taga Luzon man gud na siya (What we’re after for is our sympathy to our place, to our people, he (Olano) has been like that as he came from Luzon ”.

“Ug asa na pod ang iyang allocation sa rental expense, wa man siya nag rent sa iyang congressional office dire? (And where is his budget allocation for rental of his congressional office since he is not renting anyway?),” Uy charged further.

But Olano, in separate interview before Uy’s interview with this Rural Urban News, reiterated his stand on the consultancy issue that he said was part of the Commission on Audit report on the city government’ operations.

He charged anew that the new city hall is a costly project at the burden of Tagum people even as he said that even if Mayor Uy would win in the election he could still not complete the project this year citing that the city government could no longer get additional loan from DBP as advised by the COA while the P200-million income earned last year by the city hall was “already restricted.”

He then challenged Uy to complete the project by “hiring 400 workers to work day and night for three months and it would be completed, but where will he get funds for this?”

He added that the entire cost of the project could even hit a billion mark once completed and if the bank interest payments to the loan would be added on top of the total project cost.

He said that the city accountant has been separating accounts on the loan without adding the interest payments “to make it appear that the loan is just like that”.

“Wa man gani tanke sa tubig ang Bingcungan nga mokantidad lang ug P2,400, then mogasto pa gihapon ta ug dako kaayo? (Despite that Barangay Bingcungan has no water tank worth P2,400 only then we still have to spend more for the project?” Olano asked.

Also, Olano responded to the mayor’s charge on his congressional consultancy baring that he only have P20,000 a month “consultancy expenses” which he said could be spent even for congressional consultations in the district.

In separate interview, Tagum City accountant Ramil Tiu bared that the total loans already released by the DBP for the new city hall amounted to P420 million of the total P450-million loan sought and approved.

The P450 million came from three loans – the first P200 million, the second P220 million, and the third additional P30 million loan “which is still for release,” Tiu said.

“As of February 2010, total disbursements from the released P420 million amounted to more than P366 million, and there’s still more than P84 million for disbursement including the P30 million additional loan for release,” the city accountant added.

Asked if the city government could still avail of DBP loan, Tiu said “yes”.

Meanwhile, mayoralty aspirant former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza joined the fray saying that if he would be lucky to get the people’s mandate he would not use the new city hall being constructed but would continue to use the old city hall.

“Ang karaang city hall accessible gyod sa mga tawo ug di nako sila tagaan ug additional burden kay moplete pa man gud sa bag-ong city hall (The old city hall is really accessible and I’ll not give people additional burden since they will spend for fare in going to the new city hall),” he said.

“Kung palaran nga makabalik, naa na man na, humanon gyod nako tungod kay I am duty-bound to protect people’s money, bisag unsay gamitan basta useful lang (If I’m lucky to be back as a mayor I’ll really finish it as I’m duty-bound to protect people’s money. I’ll use the new city hall for any useful purpose),” he added.

Still, another mayoralty aspirant ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay said earlier that he would neither use the new city hall saying that he would convert it as “a world class convention center and hotel” considering its beauteous and elegant structure and sprawling and well-landscaped ground as planned.

Earlier, Mayor Uy said that the new city hall is what the progressive city of Tagum rightly needs this time, “kaisa ra man na nga gasto, ug di na nako mabitbit kung di na ko mayor (it’s a one-time expense and I could not bring along that when I’m no longer the city mayor)”. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Mood gleeful in Tagum’s first day of campaign period

Posted in ex-Boardmember Emily Alvarez with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News


TAGUM CITY- As the campaign period started yesterday, candidates and their campaigners here went to public market and public places, openly handshaking and distributing handbills and tarpaulin posters stood up in common posting and prohibited areas while others had motorcade sorties going around including interior barangays.

Visible were vehicles covered with candidates’ posters going around with sound systems blaring political jingles while many pedicabs were carrying in its side or atop posters of local candidates.

It is again political fiesta time also here and many among the city folks showed gleeful mood upon seeing candidates and their followers wearing vests and propaganda t-shirts in colors after the signature colors of their national presidential candidates- yellow for Nonoy Aquino of the Liberal Party, green for Gibo Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, orange for Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party.

The province is however dominated by yellow and green as unopposed Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and his son District 1 congressional candidate Anthony Rafael del Rosario have been actively campaigning for Noynoy, while also unopposed District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo is strongly pushing for Teodoro. Only Anthony’ congressional rival ex-Boardmember Emily Alvarez is visible in flashing the political paraphernalia of Villar as his husband ex-congressman and former DOTC secretary Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez was reported to be an NP regional coordinator.

Comelec-Davao del Norte provincial officer Atty. Marlon Casquejo bared in an interview that the province has a total of 362 candidates from 32 candidates for mayors, 24 for vice mayors, 276 for councilors, three for congressman, one for governor, two for vice governor and 24 for boardmembers.

Reelectionist Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, in separate interview, expressed optimism that the automated election that the voters in his province would have to experience for the first time would be peaceful and successful considering the generally non-violent characteristic of Davao del Norte’s elections.

Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy (Liberal Party), who was celebrating his 54th birthday yesterday, assured city folks that the coming election would be a fair and peaceful, and said that his birthday wish was for him to win again for a third term, though showing confidence over his leading rivals – last-termer Congressman Arrel Olano (independent Lakas-Kampi-CMD), and former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza (independent).

Also taking a crack for the city mayoralty post are ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay ( independent) and an obscure candidate Charlito Amespero (independent), reportedly a bugasero (rice trader).

Uy is bannering a campaign slogan and jingle, “Nobody Nobody But Uy”, a revised version of Wonder Girls’ Nobody But You hit, while Olano flashes his known slogan “Una sa Serbisyo” even as Gementiza digs in on his platform of giving many free services for the poor.

But Uy, Olano and Gementiza, all considered as political heavyeights in this electoral season, have already been trading barbs and issues over the media preceding Day 1 of the 2010 election campaign.

As Tagum candidates did their respective campaigning, towards the noon a simmering heat enveloped the city of palms in partaking a share of sufferance from the El Nino badly hitting Mindanao which is causing for the continued rotating brownouts- twin whammies which could affect political campaigns and rallies the next days ahead- but by past lunchtime moderate showers struck in the city, at least cooling off the hot temperature to give a sort of respite to campaigning candidates in battling the rigors of the electoral husting that had just formally begun. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Fr. Em-Em, Pilipino usab”- Bishop Manlapaz

Posted in fr. em-em luego with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

Ni Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News


“Pilipino usab si Fr. Em-Em nga may katungod,”pamulong pa ni Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz sa usa ka pakighinabi human sa peace covenant signing sa mga kandidato sa Davao del Norte niadtong Dominggo didto sa New Christ the King Cathedral sa Tagum City .

Ang obispo mitubag sa pangutana sa prensa kung unsay iyang maestorya kang Fr. Emerson “Em-Em” Luego, usa ka pari, nga kasamtangang magpapili pagka mayor sa lungsod sa Sto. Tomas.

Hinoon, ingon ni Bishop Manlapaz “suspendido lang ang priestly functions” sa kandidato nga pari ug busa dili kini makaselebrar sa mga sakramento sa Simbahan

Si Fr. Em-Em sa wala pa siya midagan pagka mayor maoy parish priest sa parokya sa lungsod sa San Isidro (Sawata).

Sa pag-apil ug pirma ni Fr. Em-Em sa peace covenant niadtong Dominggo nakabisita na usab kini sa iyang nahuman nga katedral.

Siya nadestino sa New Christ the King Cathedral isip parochial vicar sa tuig 2004 hangtud 2005, ug isip administrator niini gikan sa 2005 hangtud 2007. Di pa kumpleto ang katedral sa pagkaasayn niya, ug tungod niini daghang mga fund donation-accessing activities ang iyang gilusad lakip na niini mao ang pagpasulod sa donasyon sa mga banana growers ug ubang negosyante sanglit human sa iyang tulo ka tuig nga termino isip administrador nakumpleto niya ang katedral sa tuig 2007.

Ang iyang importanteng kahimoan sa katedral, nga karon nahimong usa sa mga garbo sa syudad sa Tagum, mao ang pagkumpleto sa matahom kaayo nga landscape, station of the cross ug ang pinakadako nga rosary beads sa tibuok kalibutan.(Cha Monforte/ Rural Urban News)