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OPINION: Baby Suaybaguio, the logical choice for Congress

Posted in AGR, anthony del rosario davao del norte, davao del norte, rdr, rodolfo del rosario, tagum city, vice gov baby suaybaguio davao dedl norte with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

The admission of former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario (AGR) last week that he is afflicted with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer on Stage 3 development and that he is now on the way for treatment and rest for the next six months has given a new, big twist in the political landscape of the province.

Since shortly after the middle last year, the congressional post that the last-termer District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano is finishing to serve had then become fait accompli in the declaration of the governor’s son to vie for it.  AGR’s declaration edged out early bird congressional aspirants from political warrooms in the province though it earned more audible verbal sniping from Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel over Radyo Ukay-Tagum, and flickers of thoughts from pundits on the possibilities of City Councilor Oyo Uy and even former Gov. Yayong Gementiza vying for the position. Blank blips were however were seen from the quarters of the two, while there was that little talk last week that former Cong. Bal Sator has been reviving his PDSP network in District 1. A source confirmed that before former Vice Gov.AGR made his declaration, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario had actually blessed first Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio to prepare for Olano’s post as he was his choice. AGR’s congressional plan was only prodded by a Kapihan questioning and earned subsequent bias interpretations even as he lay his bid that it was still up to the Lakas party’s decision (but who else can vote against a kingpin’s son). It was such declaration that preempted VG Baby’s subsequent moves in deference to AGR and true to his being a governor’s good soldier. Sator for being a Lakas outsider even if he is connected with Bert Gonzales PDSP, a minority ally party of the administration, has still to fend much for himself. He is a political has-been now, just like former Cong. Bebot Alvarez despite the unrepentant insistence of their respective political merons like that pondok sa purok.

Time’s a-changing really and the electorate is now looking for new, fresh faces in politics. Perhaps last-termer Councilor Joey Millan can cast his hat for the congressional post but it’s unlikely he’ll get the backing of City Mayor Rey Uy given that the known Suaybaguios- VG Baby and Councilor Nickel (include there the influential Nick Sr) are in ally with Uy.

Millan may as well join in the fray to the one open District 1 boardmember’s slot to be vacated by last-termer Macario “Bong” Bermudez, but the lawyer councilor would also be facing his co-equal last-termer councilors, chief among whom is the populist Councilor Enting Eliot.

But BM aspirants have also stopper scenarios coming: if last-termer Olano does run least dignified when he chickens out from squaring off with Uy in his mayoral option, or if City Vice Mayor Rellon isn’t shoved out from his last term to take instead for the BM’s seat if Oyo is positioned ala Sara Duterte by 2010 for his eventual mayorship by 2013, the year when the mayor will possibly gun for governorship, his ultimate pipe dream.

But then when Vice Gov. Baby becomes now a logical choice to take the place of Olano by 2010 the vice gubernatorial post is not only left much open but also much sighted by 2013 given the fast retirement age of Gov. RDR and the absence of a politico kin from his family now with AGR’s exit. The post is just a spit away to governorship.

There are also big variables in the political equation that Olano has to contend with- former Cong. Tonyboy Floirendo (and the grand old man “White Hair” Don Antonio Floirendo, and who knows Cong. Anton Lagdameo’s political lollipop is taken back by his tito and he’s positioned for VGship), Mayor Uy and former Gov. Yayong Gementiza. On where Tonyboy and Uy stand and relate to each other and on RDR’s political and familial considerations lie the next political fate of Olano.

But for VG Baby Suaybaguio? It looks like his political star is ever smiling now. Ok, there’s no “equity of the incumbent” Lakas rule for an open post. But what other yardsticks which could then be the bases of choice for the congressional standard bearer? Surveys, popularity, seniority in present position, Lakas years of membership and lastly but most importantly- the vote of the kingpin that partymates nevertheless have to follow. Certainly, VG Baby has all these even if BM Dangpanan sings “it’s now” than “never” or Yayong sings in refrain “you’re loser to me”.

AGR’s recent political exit has sprung up a new, big twist in the province’s political landscape that first made VG Baby Suaybaguio as the logical choice for Congress. (For online edition, visit my blog at: http://cha4t,, for comments and reactions, txt 09069104553, e-mail: Watch “Tagum Newsbreak” over wTV 11 channel in Skycable Tagum. Coming up “Ang Lungsod” over DXPA 103.2 FM)

NEWS: RDR hints no Floirendo running against him

Posted in AGR, gov. rodolfo del rosario, rdr with tags , , , on October 5, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 3

Hopes Cee O not to jump to opposition

No problem in Lakas-Kampi unity of incumbents in Davnor

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR) has hinted yesterday there would be no Floirendo after all who would be running against his planned reelection bid.

In a roundtable discussion with local mediamen after the opening activities of the local Press Freedom Week celebration yesterday, the governor is seeing that as things now stand there would generally be no problem and kink in the unification of the incumbent officials under the merged pro-administration Lakas-Kampi party in the choice of standard bearers based on the equity of the incumbent principle in the entire province.

He said that in the entire province the merger of the Lakas and Kampi proceeded without a hitch in Davao del Norte saying that the equity of the incumbent principle is favorable to the incumbents in the first place.

But he admitted that it is only in position to be vacated by the last-termer officials like the congressional post of District 1 Cong. Arrel Olano that is a potential source of trouble of the party as it is considered to be “open” for a crack to everybody in the party.

He opined likewise of the same to the post of outgoing last-termer District 1 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora in Compostela Valley, where Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay are positioning for it.

He said that in the latter case in Compostela Valley “magkagubot gyud na” knowing that both aspirants are still second-termers in their respective positions.

Last week, the governor’s son and former Vice Gov. Anthony del Rosario (AGR) has confirmed to run to Olano’s post by 2010, while the governor himself declared to be seeking for reelection weeks ahead to AGR.

In same roundtable discussion, Gov. Del Rosario said that he hoped that Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy will stay with Lakas and not jump to the opposition “so there would be no trouble” in the political unification of the incumbent and reelectionist incumbent officials.

The mayor earlier welcomed the governor’s over a million-worth project to the city, saying he is with Del Rosario, but former Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza said he would be running against Uy the more if he is with Del Rosario also.

Moreover, RDR said that in cases of conflicts over the contested open position the party would settle it by narrowing the selection of the standard-bearer candidates first through a survey which would eliminate the “kulelats” and finally through a party convention.

He said though that party convention is “sure road to division” saying that ambitious contenders would still do the running and citing the case of then presidential candidate Fidel Ramos who still ran for President after losing in the party convention by Ramon Mitra.

He added the Lakas-Kampi merger has been smooth in all the provinces in Region XI and including Davao City unlike in other areas where the “merger is next to impossible” and it is not even talked about these days.

This developed as Saklak sources said that under the no RDR-Floirendo electoral skirmish, first-termer District 2 Cong. Anton would either given the opportunity to have his second term without the post being reclaimed by his uncle former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., who would continue taking charge of the Floirendo’s vast Tadeco and other businesses, or Cong. Anton will be vied for Panabo mayorship while while Tonyboy reclaims his old congressional seat.

Sources added that Panabo Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. is presently being “junked” by the Floirendo and Lagdameo, who accordingly preferred to have Vice Mayor James Gamao in their company during public gatherings of the congressman like what had happened during the launching of Lagdameo’s Barangayanihan TV program three weeks ago.

But there is also a prospect of former Mayor Rey Gavina coming for a comeback for mayorship in tandem with reelectionist Gamao, his brother in law, with the support of Floirendo and Lagdameo, sources said.

In the run up of 2007 polls, Floirendo claimed that Del Rosario had formed Kampi slates in two cities and all towns in District 2 of Davao del Norte which battled head-on with Floirendo’s Lakas bets.

Before that polls Floirendos and Del Rosario engaged in wrangling over the governorship post which later led to the separation of Del Rosario from Floirendo’s businesses late last year. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)