On the wait for next Monday

Aug 26-Sept 1, 2010


By Cha Monforte

The verbal skirmish between the two boardmembers from Panabo City has seemingly begun. Last Monday’s session of Davao del Norte provincial board was the turn of Boardmember Janet Gavina. The other Monday was of Boardmember Alan Dujali. On that day, finally, after much seeking, PCL provincial president Janrey Gavina, son of BM Janet, in an interview did answer and denied the vote-buying charges, or shall we say implicit (yet too obvious) attribution of BM Dujali to alleged vote-buying that resulted to the defeat of reelectionist Kapalong Councilor Helario “Larry” Caminero, or in the other way of saying, the victory of BM Janrey. But wait,  we still have the next Monday to wait for a possible expose of BM Dujali as he vowed he would tell “what they have done” relating the PCL election.

BM Janrey Gavina has already denied the allegations. There were just sketchy reports on vote-buying allegedly made “someones” (as there were many bagmen according to another boardmember) from the Gavina camp, and that he didn’t know of the reported three bundle wrappers for P1,000 bills that were swept from Room 17 of Lakan’s Hotel right after the Aug 13 PCL elections.

So again, meantime, we’ll wait for the next Monday as there would be no session of the provincial board in the coming Monday, the 30th of August, this being a rare 5th Monday and a holiday- for BM Dujali’s possible dropping of a bombshell. Will he comes out something? Like a damning proof, or a whistle-blower from among the bought councilors  (who knows there would be a miracle and who knows this is true), or bundles of money like what I’ve seen in the past on TV when Sanlakas partylist representative Renato Magtubo returned bundles of lobby money from bribe-giver who wanted his vote in exchange of his vote in a bill being lobbied by a vested interest group? As they say, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

Someone might have failed to sweep the dirt on the rug. But it is clearly coincidental that things have been happening at the provincial board at a time when Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is away in alien shores. It’s more seen as a blessing in disguise than it is seen as the mice are playing when the cat is away. For one,  Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, who is the current acting governor, will possibly take a hands-off policy on the issue as he belongs now, albeit temporarily, in the executive than in legislative. But good graces for fearless Tita senior BM Shirley Belen Aala, the current acting vice governor, since she has the brunts to take and steer, and she may let the axe just fall.

The SP’s blue ribbon committee can’t just be written off like the way the P36-million bad debts in Daneco were written off sometime ago by the previous board of directors who possibly feared for the unknown. But who knows Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad might go ballistic like what he did when he actively lobbied his insertions to the measure giving the governor blanket authority to sign for any contract with a national government agency up until December 31 only this year, but when the voting was called for by SP Secretary Dennis Dean Castillo, BM Lagunzad suddenly abstained (and we in the gallery saw him making tuya-tuya with his swivel chair). I mean, a twist can be possible when BM Dujali sings what he knew about the concluded PCL elections. We really have to wait, and a button for suspense has just been switched on. Usual gallery occupants who wait for free snacks for the only gracious SP we have long known of to be so considerate to members of the media throughout DavNor and Comval areas always woe for a day when there’s holiday that eats up a regular Monday or when there’s a 5th Monday. In either of this case, it means no DavNor SP session on Monday, and therefore no free snacks for gallery watchers.


Flashback: I already saw Tita BM Shirley Aala locking horns over issues with the “creme de la creme” of debater SP members in the 90s during the time of the undivided Davao del Norte- like ex BMs Crisanto Maniwang, Flor Garcia, Nonoy Cualing, Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, Vir Boiser, Artemio San Juan. The incident that I can’t forget in that SP was when Tita BM Shi returned from official trip from Teipei and made her report to the SP about her latest travel for a women’s conference, afterwhich late Nonoy Cualing interpellated and asked her, “what pasalubong you bring to us then?” Had it reminisced to her and Tita BM just had a good hearty laugh of it, and said, “Nonoy was really a speck-and-span person. I was then a neophyte  legislator and I always brought with me the book on local government code.” We knew then that verbal skirmishes between and among members of that SP at times erupted and seemed to be much intense.

That time, Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio Jr was then the reigning mayor in the then municipality of Tagum. During his stint, he caused for the rising of today’s busy Toti terminal.

What’s this group that before their drivers and bodyguards, they took oath as new set of officers for their liga? The two lechons were not consumed, the hotel rooms reserved were not all slept on by the liga members, who returned to their respective towns past the twilight. It would have better if all the staffers of the liga members were invited to witness the affair. But sadly, the event organizer, the newly elected president of that liga failed.

Davao del Norte Provincial General Services Officer Samson “Sammy” Sanchez, in an interview, defended his current position saying that he did not ask for it since Governor Rodolfo del Rosario had him sit there based on trust and confidence. He added he’s more than qualified for the job being a holder of third-level Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). In 1991, he added, he was the assistant provincial administrator during the time of Gov. Prospero Amatong. “I’m the only CSEE here,” he said referring to the whole Capitol. Sanchez, also the chairman of Bids and Awards Committee of the Capitol, has been snipped at for various allegations and issues. The other year nasty and malicious text messages spread alleging about him and Provincial Administrator Rufo Peligro.An SP committee later dismissed the allegations in text messages as unfounded and without basis. (e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com)


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