Archive for May, 2013

OPINION: In fairness to Cee O

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

City Mayor Rey “Cee O” Uy will surely be destined to a good place in the history of Tagum City. It is he who engineered dramatic and massive developments that physically changed the city in the last decade and part of this decade until June 30, 2013. Yes, his son, senior Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy lost in the last polls to Vice Mayor Allan Rellon. But he never lost to Rellon. Maybe he’ll come back by 2016. That’s for Mayor-elect Rellon to prepare for.

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon (second from left) and Vice Mayor Geterito "Boyet" Gementiza (second from right)

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon (second from left) and Vice Mayor
Geterito “Boyet” Gementiza (second from right) proclaimed

Cee O is still so much a force to reckon with even if he would be out of the political scene for the next three years (only). Reasons: The mayor just made great accomplishments while being a mayor and Tagumenyo voters have always shifting electoral outlook. They voted again Councilor Tristan Royce “Bong” Aala in 2010 polls after they didn’t like what the councilor did in deserting his 2007 mandate in staying in Japan to work there. He had his good reason justified by winning in the opposition along with now Vice Mayor-elect Geterito “Boyet” Gementiza in 2010 polls.

This also happened last election, when Tagumenyos gave a new mandate to now Councilor-elect Agripino “Jun” Coquilla after they didn’t like what he did in not informing the city council and the public that he was already employed as designated provincial engineer in Comval Capitol before his 2007 term would end. Coquilla ran but lost for city councilor in the 2010 polls. Last May 13 Tagumenyo voters forgave him. Congrats to him!

Rellon’s winning is already done. We’ll leave the issues hurled at him and to Oyo behind for good, to move on. Time to work and prepare for the future, for 2016. Mayor Cee O made true his pronouncement that he would not do ala Duterte (or ala Dongkoy Emano of CDO; both came back as mayor after a term as vice mayor): run for other post like for city vice mayor. Cee O prefers to plant trees for greener environment and likes to be invited by plain folks in their breakfasts while he is a plain civilian. He has word of honor. He doesn’t like ribbon cutting ceremonies to open his great projects that transformed the city into a premier class in this part of the country, great services that touched many lives. He doesn’t like rendering SOCAs (State of the City Address). SOCA, SOMA and SOPA are venues that only to titillate incumbents’ bragging rights.

He’s a hands-on leader. In the last two years, during non-working holidays, we always caught him at the City Motorpool in his slippers and shorts, supervising his pet project of transforming seized hot logs into tens of thousands of school chairs, desks and tables that were donated to many needy schools including those in various parts of the country. He’s a multi-awardee mayor.

For all Cee O’s great feats including the festivals, entertainment, peace and laurels which he brought for the Tagumenyos to be happy, he will surely be remembered as the one mayor who made a difference. Maybe, it’s only that his own leadership was not translated as an adjunct, a co equal, a continuum to Oyo as perceived by the electorate. He was not misunderstood, his critics did; Cee O was understood by the Tagumenyos in the way they gave him mandate one after another term until his present third and last term. But it’s still fair to him. He often has his dictum, he would “rather be misunderstood for doing something than be understood for doing nothing”.

It’s Cee O’s own brand of leadership that the Tagumenyos understand and want. Verily, Cee O is a 2016 tough force to reckon with.
We still have to savor what brand of leadership can Mayor-elect Rellon show and give to Tagumenyos. He did say in my interview with him in December 2010 that the “unique leadership styles” of his three bosses- ex-Mayor, Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, ex-Mayor and ex-Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza and Mayor Cee O- whom he had worked with influenced his own leadership style.

To him, Baby is a “stateman for good governance and transparency, a chief executive so careful and conscious to make decision especially when it comes relating with government’s money and policies. Yayong “is a down-to-earth makamasa politician, a typical one that the people like.” “And Mayor Uy “has a strong political and an output-oriented mayor who uses his powers and government resources to accomplish something even if at times he chooses an unpopular option… He’s a tough mayor”.

Then, let us see how Rellon’s mixed leadership style can make much more difference to Tagum City.

TAGS & HASHES: Congrats to newly reelected 1st District Board Member Dr. Fred De Veyra for winning as independent candidate against the well-oiled administration machinery. He’s a serious congressional contender by 2016…. That is also true to newly reelected Board Member Alan Dujali in the 2nd district of Davao del Norte as Cong. Anton Lagdameo is now entering his third and last term …. By 2016, it’s Rellon vs. Cee O vs. Baby for mayor in Tagum City, maybe, but there’s this possible Cee O-Nickel Suaybaguio tandem vs Rellon-Gementiza…. and there’s also this Anton vs. Baby vs. Cee O vs AGR for gov by 2016… In this case, there’s this Baby vs. De Veyra vs Raffy del Rosario in 1st District congressional race come far 2016…. Comval’s 2016 electoral scenario is quite complicated among LP/Uswag Comval partymates: now elected Vice Gov. Way Kurat vs. Tyron Uy vs. Cong. Bobong Amatong. And we’re in for another political guessing game. (for reactions, e-mail:, or post in his Facebook timeline, Cha Monforte)

Dead board member got 16T+ votes following votes of fugitive Mancao

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 15, 2013 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

Although landing last among the seven running for the five-man provincial board members’ posts in the District 1 of Compostela Valley, the late supposed reelectionist Board Member Heracleo “Manoy Simeon” Codilla still got 16,204 votes from the electorate based on the final and official tally posted in the Comelec website.

Codilla filed his certificate of candidacy in October 2012 but in December 2012 he succumbed to a disease. Because he was running independent, he could not be substituted unless he was running under a party as allowed in an election rule. But his name was not delisted by the Comelec in the official ballot for the recent May 13 polls.

Codilla was trailing fugitive ex-police officer Cesar Mancao II, who lost as independent candidate, landing at 6th place with his 32,841 votes. Mancao escaped May 2 from detention at National Bureau of Investigation close before he was supposed to be transferred to Manila City Jail. He is still at large.

Landing in the winning circle for the first district’s board members are outgoing third-termer Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya (Liberal Party) with 53,329 votes, and reelectionist Board Members Paul Galicia (LP), with 44,051 votes, Atty. Arvin Dexter Lopoz (LP), with 41,945 votes, newcomer Jojo Jauod (LP) and reelectionist Board Member Neri Barte (LP), with 37, 519 votes.

On the other hand, winning board members in the province’s second district are governor’s son and newcomer Jayvee Tyron Uy and reelectionist Board Members Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Cesar Richa and Moran Takasan, and newcomer Macario Humol, all under LP. Ex-Governor Jose Caballero and his daughter Board Member Kris, who were running as independent candidates, settled at the bottom in board members’ race competed by seven candidates.

Governor Arturo Uy (LP) and District 2 Rep. Rommel Amatong (LP) were both unopposed for their third and last terms, so with District 1 Rep. Maricar Zamora (LP) for her second term. Former Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (LP) won by large margin as the vice governor over former Mt. Diwalwal village chief Franco Tito (independent)- Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

Two independent BMs in Davao Norte spring a surprise again, won

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 15, 2013 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Two independent candidates for provincial board members in Davao del Norte again sprang surprise by their second-in-the–row winning in the recent polls akin to their victory in the 2010 polls.

Reelectionist Board Members Dr. Alfredo De Veyra and Alan Dujali again inserted themselves to the administration-dominated winning circle for five board members’ seats in the District 1 and District 2, respectively.

But both recorded improved electorate ranking, a one-up notch higher compared to their previous electoral feats. De Veyra placed 4th while he clang 5th in 2010 polls. Dujali came 2nd now from being 3rd in 2010.

Both were shunned by kingpins to be listed in the administration slate of Liberal Party and Kusog Baryohanon, as they won in the 2010 as opposition candidates, solely each to their respective district.

Before last October’s filing of certificate of candidacy, Dr. Veyra had profusely vied to be included the Liberal Party in his district after he tendered his resignation from the Lakas-CMD-Kampi, while Dujali, LP before, just opted to remain independent.

But both ran and campaigned independently against the weight of fully-occupied slates of the administration parties, the LP in the first district led by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, and the Kusog Baryohanon in the second district by Tadeco honco former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Kusog Baryohanon (KB) was formed in 2011 under the leadership of Floirendo and his nephew newly releected for third term Rep. Antonio Lagdameo. The two were with the Lakas-CMD-Kampi in 2010 polls.

In the recent polls, the provincial LP campaigned for the entire senatorial slate under Team PNoy, while KB pushed for half of Team PNoy slate and half of United Nationalist Alliance slate, sources said.

KB got Comelec accreditation as a local political party in 2012. LP and KB made a coalition before the start of the filing of certificate of candidacy last October, which sandwiched De Veyra and Dujali. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte