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OPINION: The dilemma of Kuya Cesar Cuntapay

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2015 by cha monforte

Sept 3-9, 2014


By Cha Monforte

The latest victim of riding-in-tandem assassins is a good man and leader- Tagum’s Barangay West Kapitan Niño Cutin. The Kapitan is still too young to die. Kap Niño was true to his name- he was emerging one of the niño bonitos among Tagum young and new breed of young and younger kapitanes, besides Magugpo South Kapitan Janjan Sator, Magugpo North Kapitan Nante Suaybaguio Robles, Magugpo East Ian Neo and Apokon Kapitan Kimboy Angoy. Visayan Village Kapitan Boy Labastida belongs already beyond the SK (Sobra Kwarenta). Kap Niño was supposed to have a good political future in the city. Peace-loving Tagumenyos are shocked and have been outraged over the new killing. Justice must be immediately served to the good and young kapitan.


Tagum City opposition Councilor Bong Aala is right to tag that the new Bingo within Totit terminal area in Tagum City is a form of gambling. The new bingo game appears to be just a kiddy game. But because the prize is money, and people joining it make bets, then it is gambling. These two elements make the new Bingo a gambling- obviously.


Some electoral aspirants would want their names first floated to test the water before they cross the bridge. Some others have declared and are declaring they’re running in the 2016 polls. My hats off to Board Member Neri “Nonong” Barte and to all others in Comval who declared to run for higher elective posts as early as January this year. At least, they’re frank if not honest compared to last-termer Mayor Aning Antalan, who said to me that the election is still far even if the truth is: it’s near for the incumbents who still have to perform, and it’s politics everyday. I mean, good politics. It’s important facet of our life. The pogi-point gracing of elected officials has been with us since their first day in office. Is ribbon cutting by officials not part of politics or an act within the realm of politics? Let’s stop kidding ourselves.


It’s Ber months now and thence. But for non-incumbent Kuya Cesar Cuntapay, my guess is he is still in dilemma over whether to run or not to run in 2016 polls. But he’s a true-blue PDP man. Something is brewing in his mind considering that it was him who first pushed for NoyBi (PNoy and Binay) in Tagum in the last polls. He is a political being. He should not be blamed if in the last hour he’ll run for a top post. Also, it’s him who ran as the vice mayor of Mayor Allan Rellon. Also, Dr. Fred De Veyra, who is now in his second term as a board member, doesn’t hide he’s running. But he is on the quandary over whether to join the Liberal Party or remain independent again. He wants to join the LP of Governor RDR but the door is still closed to him as of this writing. Just a reminder: whoever outsiders who would run for the BM post to fill up one LP slot in the district 1 should now be prepared to lose to BM De Veyra, who placed 4th in the last polls despite a well-oiled machinery all-wanting to defeat him even in pre-poll surveys.


On the other hand, Tagum City Councilor Doc Oca Bermudez confirmed that he and former City Mayor Cee O Uy have already talked about his running as Cee O’s vice mayoral tandem. So it’s a Cee O-Doc Oca tandem. I heard about an emerging Allan-Allan tandem. I don’t think so of the latter as he is known to chicken out later like what had happened before- before the official campaigning of the last

2013 polls. He might rest and go full A-T-T-Y.

Cee O is yet formidable mayoral candidate and he is comebacking. It’s former Councilor Oyo Uy whom Mayor Rellon had defeated by wide votes’ margin, 21,964 to be exact. Councilor Oyo only got 21,964 votes while the mayor got 32,528. Will that margin transfer to Cee O?

Even if ex-Mayor Cee O remains to be a man to beat, but if Mayor Rellon can further make accomplishments beyond the pogi ones, example-ending the cycle of violence and killings in the city, surely he’ll get the trust and confidence from greater number of residents who are now insecured of the sorry city’s peace and order situation.

If there are Allan-Allan, Cee O-Doc Oca tandems, what about for incumbent City Vice Mayor Boyet “Idol” Gementiza? Will he run for mayor, too? Or what if the business sector’s rumor that Gov. RDR would run for Tagum mayor becomes true? Idol Boyet as his tandem? Councilor Doc Oca said it’s farfetched the governor will run in Tagum. Former IGACOS City Vice Mayor Orly Amit said “malabo” as Gov. RDR is a registered voter of IGACOS. But the Gov has only land property in Samal Island (I donno yet if he has already a resthouse, bungalow or mansion there as I don’t hear from political grooves). It’s easy to transfer residence one year before the 2016 election. For one, his son Cong. Anthony “AGR” has his Bahay ni Kuya in Visayan Village, along the national highway, which could be claimed as a family domicile. But for sure, Gov. RDR is living in Tahanan sa Gobernador in the Capitol compound whenever he sleeps in Tagum, and he has length of living there from nights combined in his long stint as a governor for four terms. Just a side banter. But for de kampanilya lawyers of top politicians, the issue of residency is immaterial if their clients beat the Comelec deadline to register as voter of the place they intend to vote and run for elective position. Better yet they have to declare abandonment of the old domicile and live in new domicile of choice 1 year before the May 2016 election. The constitutional 1-year residency requirement is easy to beat from now until first week of May 2015. Declaring for new domicile and registering as new voter should not be beyond that date.


The PCSO said last week that it is putting up a PCSO satellite office in Davao del Norte considering its big volume of Lotto sales and the big number of people needing charity. The PCSO never said big volume of Last 2 sales.


TAGS & HASHES: A big event is coming in Tagum City on November 20-21 at Big 8 Hotel and it’s the 5th Mindanao Convention of Lawyers, informed a staff member of the IBP Davao del Norte-Compostela Valley Chapter….Our erratum- In our previous story “Aala opposes planned gas station inside Capitoll”, it’s not DAGOEMC which produce a title over a lot inside the Capitol compound but the Registry of Deeds during the term of its previous head.

PCSO satellite office coming in Tagum with minimum P80T per day purse for kawanggawa

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2015 by cha monforte

aug 27, 2014 

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will be establishing soon a satellite office in Davao del Norte, bringing a purse for charity or kawanggawa worth not less than P80,000 per day for the needy people.

PCSO Branch Manager for Davao Region Atty. Joy Rama said in an interview said that the PCSO management earmarked a total charity fund of some P11 million per month for the four provinces in Davao Region including Compostela Valley.

Of the monthly amount, Davao del Norte has been getting a share not less than P80,000 per day or an average of P100,000 per day for the province’s needy people who asked for PCSO charity.

The usual allowable charity fund for a PCSO satellite office, Branch B,  with 8 personnel, is P1.5 million per month, said PCSO lottery operations officer Gina Castillo.

Davao del Norte would have a Branch B office category, while Davao City being a big city has a Branch A office category, with 15 personnel and having bigger charity fund per day, she added.

Atty. Rama also said the satellite office is a way of bringing PCSO closer to the people during the time President PNoy administration.

She added that Davao del Norte was approved by the PCSO management to be first given a satellite office considering its volume of Lotto sales and the greater number of people needing charity.

Approved to also have a PCSO satellite office soon is Davao Oriental.

“Compostela Valley will also be having one eventually, but they can avail charity from incoming Tagum office while they still have no PCSO satellite office,” she said.   

She met with Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and mayors in Davao del Norte Tuesday at Tahanan ng Gobernador in Tagum City  last Tuesday to bare the PCSO’s good news.

pcso office davao del norte

She said the PCSO is just waiting for free lease of government space for its satellite office, to which the governor immediately offered one inside the provincial Capitol in Mankilam.

Earlier also the Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon offered a free space for the satellite office. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio turns 73, Gov. RDR 80

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2015 by cha monforte

aug 27-sept 2, 2014

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, Jr. celebrated his 73rd birthday last Tuesday at the Clubhouse in the Provincial Sports Complex with well-wishers warmly greeting and wishing him for more birthdays to come.

Well-wishers included the man whom he has been with in steering excellent provincial governance for four terms already- Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who will turn 80 by Monday with another big bash and thanksgiving party at the Capitol, Mankilam, Tagum City.

Other Baby’s well wishers were successful Tagum-homegrown businessman Larry Y. Rubinos or LYR, provincial police director PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan, his colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, a hundred of provincial department officials and employees, ordinary citizens, his friends, some Tagum pioneer residents, kins and relatives.


On his his natal day, the vice governor was greeted with mananita from various groups at dawn, and attended the early morning mass to thank the Almighty for a good life reached and for all the blessings from the Lord showered unto to him through the years.

After the mass, the vice governor invited mass attendees and religious leaders for a breakfast salo-salo at the upper sacristy, back of the Cathedral.

Even if it was his birthday, the vice governor did not skip presiding the regular session of the SP. It was business as usual for the SP as a superb legislative mill, where sometimes members exchanged fires over issues worth to be discussed with VG Baby moderating and presiding it well.

Also notable among the guests in the Clubhouse as of 7:00 P.M. were Board Members Shirley Belen Aala, Dr. Fred De Veyra, Alan Dujali, Erning Evangelista, Hernani Duco and Tete So, outstanding coop leader Norma Pereyras, Sto. Tomas Mayor Benigno Andamon, BE Mayor BE Dujali Vice Mayor Samuel Pacres, OIC provincial administrator Norma Lumain, other businessmen and elected officials.

Guests still came in after 7:00 P.M. while the Tagum City band, deployed by Mayor Allan Rellon, entertained the guests and well-wishers. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

OPINION: Can first-termers in Davao Region make real dent to be reelected?

Posted in igacos & i party with tags , , , , on February 22, 2015 by cha monforte

aug 27-sept. 2, 2014


By Cha Monforte

Who seyz that the Election 2016 is still far? It’s near. One full year and 1 month from now politicians will be filing their certificates of candidacy, if the timetable of the last two elections set by the Comelec is to be the gauge. I said again (from my last column), sorry. It’s because the period before October 2015 COC filing can make or break especially incumbent first-termer mayors or governors. We have Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, Mati City Mayor Carlo Rabat and Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista as examples. Have they performed well since July 1, 2013 Day 1 that would make people say they need another term by 2016? If people say kulang pa, then this 1 year from now can make or break them. In our country’s politics, politicians often bank on hard infrastructures. Makit-an, eh. That 1 year is first seen to be estill enough to construct public buildings, bridges, cement roads, etc. They have to beat the project’s lag time and lengthy government procurement process that eat time before people can see structures being constructed. That 1 year is also enough to deliver tens of thousands of social services, the soft projects. Mabati, eh. The 4 Ps did not originate from the the first termers, although the list of indigents got fat by their additional beneficiaries. C’mon deliver more soft projects now for the great many constituents before it’s too late. What about their reforms, policies introduced in their respective governance styles? Or their governance itself as a whole? Are first termer chief executives making their LGUs so transparent and accountable that the full disclosure policy is being installed and institutionalized? See, there are more to be done, and this 1 year from now appears to be isn’t enough. They have to strike on what’s strategic, doable, plausible and “impact-ful” (heard that last word from Coke spokesman Atty. Adel Tamano in his Tagum sortie here last month). The mayor or the governor is the head of the local government unit and he is considered as the most powerful and the most influential figure in the LGU who has the overall command in the deployment of governmental resources and manpower. Indeed, he can make and unmake. But he can also be the cause of stagnation.


Tuesday last week I went to Samal Island to gather news. I managed to catch last-termer IGACOS Mayor Aning Antalan in his office and fortunately got again a little access to “interview” him. The other week he blurted with my brief presence, “You and I Party! Ahhh, maayo ni kay may kongresman nga moanhi lang dinhi sa Samal panahon sa eleksyon, ug mangasaba pa gyod!” Last week, he blurted: “Ingna si Gov nga gamay lang kwarta dire sa Samal para i-develop ang Talikud!” in reply to my question if he was in favor to make the Talikud Island a separate municipality out from its own four barangays. Then he waived his right hand, a signal I clearly understood he didn’t want to be interviewed at all. I exited and went to the nearby Sanggguniang Panglungsod building, where a session of the elected was going on. The mayor is making himself scarce to the media even the friendly ones.

Nonetheless, the bits of statement of the most powerful figure of the island need a little discussion. The first is about political formation and politicians’ presence, the second about limited government resources vis-a-vis the challenge to make special development of the islet that people said can be made as Samal’s own Boracay. The U & I (Uswag IGACOS) Party that the Antalans have organized can be a potent force for solidifying development that they have introduced in the island. There’s no debate on that, especially if the party formed has a sort of ideology, paradigm, framework or set of principles that its top leadership, hardcore leaders and membership believe to be what the island needs to truly develop, than just being formed for political convenience of the Antalans.

If the U & I Party is to become indeed a force to reckon with, it must have a set of beliefs and principles that express the collective aspirations of the island’s people and foremost, understood and believed also by the people. The political aim of capturing political power in the City Hall, maybe indefinitely, comes just easy that the party leadership need not be disturbed by rare visitation of a district congressman. Samal Island is yet a special frontier. It is fast becoming a topnotch weekend hideaway of people from Davao City and neighboring provinces and foreign tourists with its largely unpolluted beaches. It can become a so powerful island in the next decade. It must develop out from the unity and energies of its people and leaders. A true and serious political party is what it needs to make the island powerful out from prosperity. The Antalans seem to have seized a good start now than before.