March 31-April 6, 2011

Including District 2 vs. Amatong?

Compostela Valley District 1 Congresswoman Maricar Zamora-Apsay has bared that his father, former Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora whom she succeeded with her victory in the last May 2010 election will be running in the 2013 election and that “he is available for any position.”
She said this when asked in a media interview during her Thursday’s sortie in Tagum City where she met with Mt. Diwalwal barangay officials led by barangay captain Rodolfo Boyles.
When pressed what are these possible positions that ex-Cong.Way Kurat would be running to, Cong. Apsay did not tell further except saying that that was what she got in her most recent casual talk with his father.
She said though that she “is not privy with” his father’s own political plan and decision.
The congresswoman is taking a break, meeting with various groups from among her district constitutents as the Congress is currently on recess.
But the congresswoman’s statement has immediately fueled speculations from pundits who are seeing that among the few most potential posts which the former congressman would be running to as seen to be dignified in the eyes of the electorate are the posts of the governor, vice governor and congressman.
But because Cong. Maricar is already in the position in District 1 while Way Kurat has been seen to be already living in Nabunturan tending his sprawling cockfighting arena-resort in Brgy. Sta.Maria in town, along the Mainit national highway, pundits are saying now that he might officially transfer his residence and thus the scenario of him running for congressman against second-termer District 2 Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong.
If he loses to Amatong, Way Kurat becomes the most formidable congressional bet by 2016 election when Amatong would already serve out his last term and bat for another post.
But Way Kurat, unimpeachable sources said, had long signified his interest to run for vice governor by 2013 to Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy to the reported uneasiness of Amatong, who might as well vie for the gubernatorial post by 2016.
Pundits said that Way Kurat is observed to be mingling fast with the Nabunturanons. At one time, he was once seen to be eating in a lowly karenderia with friends in the town public market. He was wearing a city shorts and a cap inverted on his head.
In the same interview, when asked on the reason of the second postponement of the membership oathtaking of the group of mayors, boardmembers led by Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy to the Liberal Party last February’s LP foundation anniversary, Cong. Apsay, who is already an LP member, said that it was postponed because the LP leadership “has no program yet” while the plan for the LP’s organizational structure nationwide is still being implemented.
The group was also supposed to take oath to the LP late last year, but it was postponed for unknown reason.
He said that her case of becoming an LP member ahead of the group is different saying that she “was brought along by Speaker (Sonny) Belmonte before I assumed office” in July 2010.
But she said, “I don’t see any reason why they should not become LP members”even as under the local Uswag Comval party provincial political leaders are meeting as one though they have various national party affiliations such as Cong. Amatong being with the Lakas-CMD-Kampi party while she is with the LP.
Besides, she added, the present administration of President Noynoy Aquino “is not choosy” saying that congressmen are seeing that projects are “coming in” to their legislative districts regardless of party affiliation.
On the report that she was picked by the LP national leadership to be the LP regional chairman, Cong. Apsay warded off the question saying she would rather assist LP carry out its regional plans activities and that she preferred somebody older in the party such as Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario becoming the LP’s regional chairman.
Under the LP’s bylaws LP congressmen automatically become the LP district chairmen, she added. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


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