Ex-Gov. Caballero, Mancao run for board members in Comval

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Former Compostela Valley Governor Jose “Joecab” Caballero had filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for board member for the district 2 of Compostela Valley late Friday afternoon.

Ex-Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero

 His COC as independent candidate was filed by his lawyer Roland Tusay.In a phone interview, Caballero said that he is running for the post in next year’s election “as foremost I am a lawyer.”

He said, “I can do a lot to serve and infuse ideas for good provincial leadership, for good governance and for public service.”

“I can humble myself for the sake of public service. It is not the position that is important but public service,” he added.

Caballero was the first elected governor of Compostela Valley after its creation in 1998 from mother province of Davao del Norte. He held the governor’s post for three terms ending in 2007.

The former governor has his daughter Kris Caballero, a first-termer board member in the same district, running for reelection under the Liberal Party led by current second-termer Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.

Uy is unopposed for the next year’s polls for his last term and has his runningmate for vice governor ex-Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, who is opposed by independent candidate Franco Tito, erstwhile famed ex-barangay captain of Mt. Diwalwal.

On the other hand, the controversial former police superintendent and state witness Cesar Mancao II is running for board member in the province’s first district. He ran for congressman in the same district in 2010 polls but lost to now first-termer Congresswoman Maricar Zamora, who has no opponent in her reelection bid in next year’s polls.

Mancao was being questioned by Sen. Panfilo Lacson as a government witness in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case and at the recent the Dept. of Justice tried to transfer Mancao’s custody from the department’s Witness Protection Program (WPP) to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Cesar Mancao II

Earlier, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that because of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of a Court of Appeals ruling that Mancao was an unreliable witness and the Manila Regional Trial Court’s decision to deny Mancao’s motion to be discharged as co-accused and to turn witness, there was no basis anymore to have him covered by the WPP.  Discharging Mancao as a state witness would make him one of the accused, a legal scenario that is yet being challenged by Mancao’s lawyers.

Last year, the Court of Appeals ruled that Mancao was an unreliable witness when he implicated Sen. Lacson in the murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

Local pundits speculated that Caballero and Mancao are electoral shoo-ins, sure winners and are no-pushover personages, perhaps legislative spoilers who may dillute and put a legislative wringer to the political consolidation efforts and to the 2016 political plans of Gov. Uy during his coming last term.

Uy and Caballero have been then known to be bitter political enemies. Uy, then boardmember starting 2004, became later the leader of the opposing majority of the provincial board, when Caballero anointed her own daughter, Boardmember Kris to be his gubernatorial choice for governor in the 2007 polls.

Board Member Kris Caballero

In that hotly contested 2007 gubernatorial race, Uy defeated Kris. In 2010 polls Kris ran independently for boardmember and won a separate new first term.

After the Caballero era in governorship (1998-2007), it was time for Uy to build his own undisputed leadership and his own era. For his first two terms, Gov. Uy managed to have the mayors and political leaders trooped under the Uswag Comval party he organized. Early in his first term, he surprisingly forged reconciliation with Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brilantes, whose family had longstanding conflict, at times incidentally violent, with the Uys stemming from their mining interests in Diwalwal.

Pushing what can be seen as a political unification strategy, Uy was sooner seen as the province’s political kingpin-power broker incumbent, and his Uswag Comval as one united party that rules all throughout except in Pantukan town where Uy’s reconciliation efforts faltered to win the hard-to-get opposing, now outgoing Mayor JC Celso “Tok” Sarenas after they had a falling out months close before the last 2010 polls.

Sarenas is not running in the 2013 polls and will take a political forlough but in his lieu he has anointed his son Chino to succeed him as mayor.

If the Brillanteses have Uswag Comval seriously close to their hearts, that would also be true to Monkayo. But the Brillanteses are more concerned of continuing their tight grip of the politics of Monkayo as a political family than local party adherents as now senior Board Member Lito Brillantes and the mayor are running for mayor and vice mayor, respectively, in next year’s election- both unopposed as well as largely their complete municipal slate. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

One Response to “Ex-Gov. Caballero, Mancao run for board members in Comval”

  1. hello po i need ur help may kilala po ba kayong monkayo comval na wilfredo wabingga i need ur info???

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