OPINION: Idol VM Boyet offers to be mediator in Birds Park brouhaha

april 10-16, 2014


By Cha Monforte

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Baby Suaybaguio Jr confirmed and it’s all true that he’s running for gov to answer the recurring and oft-repeated question of many people in the province. It’s a Big Yes! Yes, Baby is running for governor by 2016!
It looks like that Board Member Alan “Aldo” Dujali is the emerging vice gubernatorial tandem of VG Baby by 2016 polls. Maybe the Tuwid na Daan Party that Gov. RDR is organizing is the entry point for BM Aldo to join and ally with the LP top guns. The BM is a independent candidate when he ran and won in the last elections, though among those in the know, BM Aldo is an ally-leader-supporter of RDR since then. The gov already said that those who would be endorsed as the Tuwid na Daan Party’s gubernatorial standard bearer would be those from the LP. Which simply means it would be VG Baby who’s the most senior among the LP incumbents (compared to Cong. AGR and even to non-incumbent ex-Mayor Cee O uy), and he’s also the most qualified. Di ba gov? Klarex jud kaayo ni vah! But there is charge that the governor is complicating things. There’s order in LP Davao del Norte now. If ain’t broke, why fix it gov?
Tagum City Vice Mayor Boyet “Idol” Gementiza wants and is prepared to be the mediator between the two opposing camps in the current Birds Park’s brouhaha. The camps of Mayor Allan Rellon and his ally councilors and of the former Mayor Rey “Cee O” Uy and his ally councilors at the current City Council led by Councilor Bong Aala are trading barbs on the allegedly illegal cutting of trees at the city’s Birds Park in New Balamban. Councilor Aala charged it was an illegal act. Ex-Mayor Uy posted in his Facebook what remained after the timber poaching at the park that he started. The name of the mayor’s brother Elmer Rellon, chief of Security Management Office, was dragged into the scene as the one who led the cutting of trees of hardwood species. Rellon denied and said they used the lumbers for a community project at Libuganon. It’s not yet a dead issue, Idol. But Idol VM Boyet offered he is ready to be the mediator between the two camps. For offering that, naging idol ko na rin si VM Boyet.
Ex-Mayor Cee O Uy made his presence felt in the FB with many comments from netizens to his recent post which states: “This is d way the ct govt of tagum celebrates earth month. -by intentionally cutting down 2 narra trees and other 25 durian trees, 6 of which are already 60-80 yrs old, at the 5 has.ct bird park & sanctuary, Mandapaan, new balamban, for personal use. Picture taken personally on March 24, 2014”. He also uploaded several pics to support his post.
Are the pilots spraying pesticides to bananas untouchables? Liga ng mga barangay president Edgar Castillo revealed that pilots doing aerial spray had included a school in Asuncion town. When invited in several times by the barangay to answer questions, the pilots never reciprocated the invitations, not even once. It’s high time to lodge a formal complaint to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) against abusive pilots, and corolarilly, the involved banana corporations and growers.
When the Davao del Norte SP asked CAAP official Edgardo Salcepuedes about the ages of spray planes being used in aerial spray to bananas in the province, he said “some are 3 years old, some are 25 years old”. Santa banana! That’s why crash landing of spray planes has become common in banana provinces because of old and cranky planes. The recent crash at Visayan Village in Tagum City missed many houses. Banana firms which have been earning billions should now retire old planes and eliminate the risk of people being mowed down by crash-prone, crumbling spray planes.
Nabunturan Vice Mayor Dodong Sotto is girding to challenge Mayor Romeo Clarin by 2016 polls. The mayor has still one more term to run to. VM Sotto is getting more popular because he has strong leadership and is helpful to his constituents. Leadership with political will and generosity is what Nabunturan needs now. Drug and peace and order problems keep on pestering the capital town of Comval.
Detractors keep on sniping at IGACOS Councilor Alberto Ortiz because they don’t like seeing him sit as the next mayor of an island that has been largely undeveloped for almost two decades now during the long reign of the Antalans. Ortiz is a practical visionary and development-oriented leader. He is helpful to his constituents. It’s not the detractors and the sipsip and nakakalurkey councilors who decide the outcome of elections. It’s the people.
Let it go, let it go, let their sniping go Councilor Ortiz and just continue serving your people! They won’t decide your destiny anyway. It’s Heavens Above.
Davao City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang went pfft when he spoke before councilors taking up baccalaureate, masters’ and doctorate degrees last March 27 afternoon at Davao City SP building. He said it’s not a loss (dili lugi) to be elected public officials as they have perks and pleasure to enjoy like secretary, car and travels including the enjoyment of you-know-what while travelling on official business (OB). May sakyanan ka, may secretary ka, ubanon ang secretary nimo sa Manila, he said something like that. Kaya pala he enjoys having 22 years being a city councilor on the “third round”. If he was sensitive enough as an old-turk politician, he could have dispensed that uncalled-for commentary. He seems to be boasting for the heck of the glory of being a elected official enjoying perks and travels. When he spoke that, there was muted cheer and jeer on the floor. Maybe, daghang naka third round kung mag-OB ang mga public officials, both the elected and the appointed.
I covered the recent two-night Liga ng Barangay Congress of Davao del Norte at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases in Davao City and heard from a kapitana from Samal that their P30,000 had allegedly gone for “pakaw” meals. “Gipakaon lang mi ug pakaw,” she riled standing while another barangay official who is a woman tried to embrace her. The Samal group were still drinking at the convention center after the fellowship on the second night (April 3) ended. Maybe the kapitana was drunk already when she said that before her colleagues. There were six of them from their barangay who attended the congress and each paid P6,000 for the registration that went for the costs that included the meals, hotel accommodation, convention center fee and others. Several barangay officials said that “mas bongga ang sa una nga liga panahon ni (ex-FABC pres.) Enteng (Floirendo) ug ni (now Kapalong Vice Mayor and ex-FABC pres.) Maritess (Timbol).” Only one little lechon was served midway during the fellowship while barangay officials- kapitans, kagawads, brgy. secretaries and brgy. treasurers- were drinking beer and Emperador while watching a live band gig featuring the Tagum City Band. Several oldtimers recalled that in the previous two Liga assemblies they were served lechons “corner to corner” in the convention hall and so seemed to be unconsummable beers. Maybe, it’s hard time these days and nights. There were a total of 460 participants from 223 barangays, said Liga president Edgar Castillo, as of the second day afternoon. If we multiply those figures as of that time, the Liga could gross a total of P2.76 million collections. As of the second night, there were 78 rooms rented by barangay officials per agreed “corporate rate”, we don’t know. The hotel rates availed by the Liga ranged from P6,000 to P3,500, the lowest daily, at 4 persons per room. Meantime, we’ll wait for Kap Edgar’s liquidation.
#TAGS & HASHES: Cong. Anton Lagdameo scolded IGACOS officials April 1 morning, fresh reports said. That was after the SOPA. We’re still investigating why the cong went into scolding binge right at the IGACOS city hall. What’s the reason and who were scolded?…. Who’s this mayor who sold a prime commercial lot owned by the municipality to a big business for a song? The Commission on Audit should revisit the terms of sale of that lot and look into the price. Is the price disadvantageous to the government?…. May utang na loob ko kang Vice Mayor Yuri Dayaday, earlier said Asuncion Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas. Ikaw na Yuri/Eufracio!….. Comval BM Ramil Gentugaya continues to go to remote villages of Comval, gracing affairs, giving services . So with BM Jayvee Tyron Uy. The former is running for gov, the latter for cong. They’re twokits kaayo…. Happy tight reading!

column – Mindanao Sun Chronicle


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