OPINION: We want all our Congs and Congws to be like Bal Sator

may 21, 2014

HASHTAGS BREW

By Cha Monforte

I have a high regard and respect to former Congressman Bal Sator because after he became a civilian again I saw him several times walking down the street of Tagum City alone, without a bodyguard or a coterie of bodyguards. One time when I met him on the street, I greeted him and introduced myself to remind him that I had at least two occasions that I interviewed him in the past. As he remembered, he touched my chin, rubbing it, while smiling at me. He did that to me the last time. Now he’s Mr. Ordinary and he never had gotten rich out from his three terms as the 2nd district congressman of the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte. Frankly, I have great respect to the man as he never had built a hotel, or a posh rest house or had put up secret or tangible businesses when he was through being a congressman. We want all our congressmen and congresswomen to be like Bal Sator!
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Now the PDAF scam goes full steam again in national scene, dragging new new names so familiar and near to us. Comval second district Congressman Rommel “Bobong” Amatong must publicly tell his side, his story on the latest issue that hit him, to think that he is aspiring for Comval governor in 2016. The PDAF scam issue can be his Achilles heel although he is still considered innocent until proven guilty.
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Last year, when the name of former Comval first district Congressman Way Kurat Zamora was dragged to an allegation that he was allocated P3 billion pork barrel he immediately rebutted the issue, called up the national TV to deny the allegation, turning it an opportunity to make a national media mileage. He was supported by his daughter Congw. Maricar Zamora, who also made categorical and detailed press statement on the issue, denying it and hitting the COA for its reckless peddling of information. So with Davao del Norte second district Cong. Anton Lagdameo who denied being involved of the pork barrel scam as the questioned P1 million pork barrel for organic farming was accordingly implemented by the Dept. of Agriculture-XI without the congressman knowing about it. But, aside from Cong. Amatong, former Davao del Norte first district Cong. Arrel Olano has still to make his late statement as to his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.  (@chamonforte on Twitter)

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