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OPINION: Plataporma

Posted in boardmember roger israel, cesar mancao comval, Compostela Valley Governor Arturo "Chiongkee" Uy with tags , , , , on February 1, 2010 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

jan 18 

Election if its right side is to be parameter can spring out something to chew on that’s good for governance. What’s good in the election and hence the running of candidates and so-called political parties is the process of producing their platform of government. Such calls for debate and discussion for search of alternatives and solutions to maladies of governance most especially in the case of challengers and rivals.

Otherwise, especially among rich and non-intellectual challenger candidates tap one politically driven member of the intelligentsia or veteran politicos or their knowledgeable political leader to come up with their plataporma de gobierno and have it debated and finalized in the discussion table of their slate.

Despite this surrogating stance, still the mere fact that a set of development visions and alternatives are discussed and debated before they become part of print materials like the handbills of candidates, the act serves the democratic character of election. 

            It’s completely different when plataporma de gobierno is made by one mind of a surrogate and immediately accepted by running politicos and printed just to render compliance of producing propaganda materials bearing their platform of government. They think: without it, the electorate might contemplate they’re weak and are only running for personal aggrandizement.

            As to the case of incumbent administration candidates, they are bound to produce propaganda materials frolicking on their accomplishment and the continuation of what they have started. There goes again such worn-out reelectionist slogan: Ipadayon ang Nasugdan!, Ipadayon ang Kalamboan!, Ipadayon ang Serbisyo! and the like.

            Innovative ones further come up with slogans and acronyms for name recall out from the lined-up and itemized programs, plans, services and projects the candidates want to realize if they take the reins of power or continue holding power after the polls.

            This paying of obeisance to having a plataporma may serve one’s candidacy best or none, depending on how one play it up. If coming out one’s plataporma is treated as mere compliance, without it being played it to the hilt as positive alternative against rivals, especially the reelectionists who have burned their chances to govern for more within the three-term limit, it is bound to fail to become a factor of electoral victory.     

            Candidates in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley are by now preparing their plataporma. We’ve heard one rich mayoral candidate in a town in Comval relying on his campaign manager to come for his own, and the rest of the slate following his directive. Well, he’s been through throwing all the goodness of him and surprisingly has now inched ahead of a long-serving politician in the recent survey results. He’s confident he can win. But the candidate doesn’t believe on the use of propaganda carrying well-thought out and well-consulted visions for good governance. He believes more on giveaways.

From my vantage point, the mayoral candidate will surely be losing votes for offering mediocre plataporma, and for casting disdain over propaganda delivered by the media, vis-a-vis the long years of being incumbent of his incumbent rival. But as to what extent of votes he’ll lose votes out of having mediocre plataporma and for not being a true-blue believer of a media-delivered propaganda, I mean the truth of his goodness, we’ll never know yet.

Let’s admit it: goodness of candidate is true propaganda. But it is shown only individually to people who deal and know with the good politician. The downer side of it is that the vast fence-sitters who are not running to politicians in times of personal and family crisis and exigencies have been much exposed of propaganda trumpeting projects and services of incumbents, and they know least, if not none of the accomplishments of propa-non-believing, and media-shy good politicians. Now we know why they also lose.

BLOGS AND BITS: Buzzwords again said recently that former Comval Governor Joecab Caballero, who is now running for congress, and unopposed Governor Chiongkee Uy are on the path of “true reconciliation”. They said the “political wounds” that the two both got prior the 2007 polls is lighter than the political wound inflicted to present governor in 1998 election when he ran for congress…. Davao del Norte Boardmember Roger Israel, who is running for vice governor belied a talk that he is also a Lakas-Kampi-CMD CONA (Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance)-less candidate. Cheap talk that projected him to be a victim of political lobotomy…. There’s this congressional candidate who gave 200 pieces of lechons last December to various partying organizations in Comval. The latest survey shows he’s in the last. Maybe he overkilled the lechons. (e-mail:

OPINION: Villar’s lobotomy

Posted in boardmember roger israel, cesar mancao comval, compostela valley voters, cong. anton lagdameo, dado mahipus, danny dayanghirang, davao del norte voters, vice governor baby suaybaguio with tags on January 24, 2010 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

jan 7

Quite obviously now in this part of the country, presidential candidate Manny Villar hasn’t yet moved on in terms of party machinery building. It is clear that Villar is maximizing projection of his candidacy through outdoor tarpaulins, radio airwaves and TV rolls and sound bytes. In both Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte, he’s largely lacking of local slates including independent candidates carrying his name. If he struck support from incumbent officials in the region, it’s scarce and not a plenty that can create bandwagon effect. Villar’s Nacionalista party apparatchiks aren’t organizing local machineries since  their obvious gameplan is to dovetail with incumbent officials, targeting governors and congressmen who are for now supporting Gibo Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD or for Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party, and have them bolt maybe at the homestretch of the May 2010 polls to support Villar. We have a Bisaya political catchword for that- lobotomy.


Erap is similarly fated with Villar in our provinces. By and large, the former president is not being carried by local slates and independent candidates in Davao del Norte and Comval. His masa appeal seems to be dying already as the new vogue in town is Noynoy Aquino. “Uso-uso ra man gud ni ug si Noynoy ang uso,” said reelectionist Councilor Gregorio Dujali III of Panabo City . The councilor said that he’s sure that Noynoy could still muster a lot of votes in District 2 of Davao del Norte even if Tadeco barangays and villages command 13,000-strong votes on which Lakas Congressman Anton Lagdameo can bank on to deliver for Gibo. It’s understandable as Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and his son District 1 congressional bet Anthony Rafael del Rosario are already with the Liberal Party and actively campaigning for Noynoy Aquino.


Talk was that Gibo Teodoro has called up his trusted leaders and contacts, not necessarily congressmen and governors, in Region XI for a meeting in Manila today. Gibo is accordingly worried of his faltering candidacy in the region knowing of the report that there are governors and congressmen pretending to be with the administration party but are actually waiting in the wings to do lobotomy act against him. It’s now time to crack a whip, and account who are really pro-Gibo until the voting day. Time to account, no  more loyalty check as party loyalty is so loose now among governors and congressmen. It’s true, my unimpeachable source said, there’s this “underground Lakas” among older governors and congressmen re-grouping to do lobotomy act and switch to either Noynoy or Villar, whoever of the two, tops the surveys close before the elections.


There’s no truth to the rumor that Comval Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy has funded his arch-enemy former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero for the latter not to run against him and run instead against District 2 Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong. “They (Joecab and his supporters) would really use that issue against Bobong,” he said in my interview. Using that issue against Amatong, while the reelectionist governor runs unopposed, and therefore with least worries on spending so much these polls, unlike Amatong who must spend a lot to defeat for the still bankable and popular Joecab in their return bout without his late kingpin father Pros Amatong, is really demoralizing. Di bah? But the naughty issue of Joecab’s propagandists is uncovered at this early.


Gee, who’s being gilubot? Is it Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, Congressman Arrel Olano or former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza? Baby has a good opponent in the person of Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel , who is being supported by the Floirendos and Lagdameos, while Baby’s tandem Gov. Del Rosario has no opponent. Mayor Uy, who has been maintaining his alliance with the governor and a known close friend of former Cong. Tonyboy Floirendo, has an opponent in the person of Olano, who’s publicly known to be close to the governor. Olano, who is supposed to be the District 1 Lakas-Kampi-CMD chairman, was forced to run for mayor as independent Lakas as he was not given the Lakas certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) close before the deadline by District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo. Ex-Gov. Yayong, who swore as new Lakas member when ex-Miss Universe declared her gubernatorial bid with Cong. Lagdameo administering late November, and a few days after run for city mayor as independent candidate (still without the Lakas CONA).


There was that “Comelec incident” in the final minutes towards the midnight of Dec. 1, 2009 deadline of the filing of CoC. Talk was that Mayor Uy and his “ready provincial slate” were there at the provincial Comelec office inside the Capitol compound at Mankilam. Uy and company were accordingly ready to file their new CoCs in case the governor’s son Anthony Rafael del Rosario would withdraw his congressional candidacy and run instead for governor, with the father governor RDR retiring from politics and Baby Suaybaguio running instead for congressman. The mayor, sources said, was ready to run for governor vs. AGR. RDR and AGR made true their earlier filing, as the scenario did not materialize. It seems, at this very much early, 2013 election is much exciting in Davao del Norte.


BLOGS AND BITS: Controversial ex-police officer and congressional candidate Cesar Mancao is violating a law on premature campaigning with his greetings posters pasted in walls in all towns of District 1 of Comval. Mancao’s poster really looks like an ordinary campaign propaganda material during election time of the old days when there was still no common Comelec posting area. Old habits really die hard…. It could have been legit if Mancao put a 2010 calendar below the photo of his face and name the way Davao City District 2 congressional candidates Dado Mahipus and Danny Dayanghirang cleverly promote their candidacies before the campaign period…. Admin congressional candidate Maricar Zamora-Apsay should file her protest at the Comelec now for that obvious violation of Mancao, for the latter to tear them down at his own cost…. As to the recent Lakas bungling involving Olano and Yayong, the CONA-less candidates, now we know that Cong. Lagdameo is superb in playing politics. Whew, he made it after walking in a tightrope. Time to lounge and relax with his unopposed candidacy as well as to his tito RDR while AGR is also virtually unopposed. So young but so…. politically mischievous. (e-mail:

NEWS: Oyo now serious for Congress bid

Posted in anthony rafael del rosario, boardmember larry caminero, boardmember roger israel, councilor de carlo "oyo" uy, mayor rey uy, pantaleon "bebot" alvarez, vice gov. victorio "baby" suaybaguio jr with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by cha monforte
april 14

Tagum City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy is now serious in his plan of vying for the Davao del Norte District 1 congressional post amid reports that he has already prepared his camp, backed up by his father City Mayor Rey Uy, on how to further float his name to the electorate as a good congressional aspirant.
He gave silence on said report but instead he said in a text message that “I’m not confirming about it but I’m seriously contemplating the idea”.
Since when the former Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael del Rosario made a public admission early this year that he is afflicted with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer in Stage 3 development, the post that would soon be vacated by last-termer Congressman Arrel Olano has become hotly sighted and prematurely contested by among Lakas and Kampi partymates.
At press time, Anthony’s father, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is mum on whether his son, who declared his intention to run for the post mid last year, would be still be coming to gun for the post amid drumming up of reports that his disease is curable and the continued inclusion of Anthony’s name in province-sponsored sports activities.
Reported to be among those eyeing for the post were Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel, and Philippine Councilors’ League provincial president Helario “Larry” Caminero.
As Anthony went to Manila for treatment and as talks ripened over about his most potential successor from within the Lakas party, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio let loose gripes about the governor’s past political decisions and maneuverings that allegedly diminished the political stature of Suaybaguio.
At one time, Suaybaguio said in a report he could afford to be on the losing end this time around as to his longstanding congressional aspiration.
It could not yet be immediately ascertained if Suaybaguio has already patched things up with Del Rosario following the issue about the governor’s alleged act of disowning the vice governor’s whereabouts relating to his US trip last December.
The reported falling out of Suaybaguio from the governor’s grace has reportedly resulted to “much sipsipan” of Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad, while Boardmember Israel also continued to grumble over his own congressional ambition but careful of not hurting the governor as Israel bid for the latter’s political blessing.
Meanwhile, Boardmember Caminero said in an interview welcomed the latest statement of the younger Uy saying that “it’s good that there’s now voice from the youths like Oyo who will meet the challenge of representing our people in Congress.”
“I welcome him as a good potential rival,” Caminero added.
There is still much silence these days on whether the defeated congressional aspirant in the last polls, former DOTC Secretary Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez will be coming in to join the congressional fray. He already attempted twice but failed to grab the post despite the reported millions he poured to his political and barangay leaders especially in the last 2007 polls. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: The dark horse and the populist

Posted in boardmember larry caminero, boardmember roger israel, councilor joey millan, plc president boardmember helario "larry" caminero, tagum councilor vicente "enting" eliot, vice governor baby suaybaguio with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by cha monforte
By Cha Monforte

Boardmember Helario “Larry” Caminero has all the potential to be a congressman in the District 1 of Davao del Norte. At least that was one floated by others last week. But I say BM Caminero has first the qualifications- he came from the legitimate media, became a Kapalong administrator, councilor and now the PCL president in the province. He has also the winnability- only and only if all the municipal councilors will troop around him and dream they could produce a congressman of their own. Why not?
In the country’s elections, there are suprises and upsets. But it looks like these took place in different tempos. North Cotabato Greg Andolana, for one, had only little money from lawyering but he was carried by the waves of victorious opposition right after EDSA Uno uprising and had the backing of the Church people that made him a congressman. Andolana fought against an entrenched fortress of moneyed poliliticians in the late 80s and showed that with a galvanized people long revolted by the traditionalism and excesses of provincial power brokers one poor man could still win in a high public position. That was Andolana’s favorable epoch- similar to the springing up of Atty. Bal Sator as congressman then.

It was so long after EDSA Uno military-backed civilian uprising that Grace Padaca of Isabela in 2004 and Ed “Among” Panlilio of Pampanga in 2007 respectively captured the gubernatorial post against long-entrenched and moneyed political clans, no less than in the President’s home province in Among’s case. While they lacked a party and a well-oiled machinery to run a campaign, there was a groundswell of support from the people, who desperately sought a change in leadership. The good political fortunes of Cong. Way Kurat Zamora, former Gov. Joecab, and Cong Olano were etched in queer political milieu and tempo, but these need a another essay or two to bare.
But if a tempo that local legislators, the councilors who comprise 98 percent of incumbent elected officials could be made and they rally for their own congressman, BM Caminero has a chance to beat today’s current aspirants for the post- Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio and BM Roger “Dangpanan” Israel. This is the key in setting up BM Caminero as the dark horse for the congressional post in District 1.
But at the end of the day, it is still the people who should be awakened for ideals for them to rally for a good candidate who truly represents their plight and aspirations.
Then and now populism- seen in the common tao’s cry “gikan sa masa para sa masa”- has been a leveler factor for poor candidates against those coming from the rich and moneyed. Even if it’s made and spinned as battlecry, in the likes of the hit rapped up by Erap in his presidential run, the dominantly poor electorate are won over for the sight that they have one of their own running for a public office. Ours is representative democracy, and we need true representatives, not the representa-thieves.
Former Davao del Norte Governor Yayong Gementiza quipped in my recent interview that he had only the fermented tuba nga bahal when he was still a jambolero, a street-smart broker of agricultural products, to feast on with the masa when he defeated a young, popular UM Tagum professor Nick Suaybaguio Sr. for Tagum municipal mayorship in 1967. For being with the unwashed masa, Yayong’s political career keeps on flickering- even now, I suppose.
Last-termer City Councilor Vicente “Enting” Eliot, the one teased (condescendingly?) during sessions by lawyer Councilor Joey Millan, has been in a life of odors, dusts and gutters as a magbobote, but being “Mr. Botelya” is one sight the great unwashed masa in Tagum has been visibly proud of. No wonder they voted “Enting Magbobote” for a long-reigning barangay captain and a city councilor for three straight terms, besides the various presidencies of Church organizations he served from the mandate of pastoral and laymen’s flocks (Name it, he has it). For over thirty years now since the early 70s, Enting does buy and sell of bottles, bakal, plastics and other recyclable saleables for a living, from which his brood of six children have succesfully earned their respective professions.
No doubt, Enting’s livelihood on scrap through the decades allowed him to talk and immerse with the masa. That makes him different to Millan, who lawyers for the few landowners. Enting is not annoyed of the sweat and brawn of the laborers, who compose the backbone of Tagum’s economy. The populism that has long come to associate to Enting Eliot by his trade is his most competitive edge in politics. That did him already through the years as a populist politician.
That makes him also a sure replacement to one of the four vacant slots for boardmember in District 1 of Davao del Norte. Sources said that only BM Tony Lagunzad will be left for reelection as two BMs are going back for mayoral comeback, one is graduating and another is running for Congress. Now if there’s already that Great Tug-of-War in the SP, with the moves of former Cong. Tonyboy Floirendos (will this ever come), the more a populist Eliot is given vacant BM slots for a good filler.
BLOG & BUZZ: Welcome Police Supt. Giusseppe Geralde for the Tagum City PNP chief post. His first name, from Italian name, is just pronounced “Joseph” and his family name pronounced “Heralde”. Today he would be conferred the rank of police supt from police chief inspector. He’s a PNPA graduate Class ’98 and has gone serving as chief of police in Sulop, Magsaysay and Digos City in Davao del Sur before becoming the intel and operations provincial chief of Davao del Norte, his most recent prior his present assignment. The new COP is like Police Supt. Dario Gunabe- amiable, friendly to local reporters. COPs being civilian in character should know rudiments of community relations through the legitimate press….Who’s this rumored public officials (male and female) who went abroad to secretly meet there to rekindle past and present love affair? Just tsismis?
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NEWS: Yayong endorses Baby Suaybaguio for Congress 2010

Posted in boardmember roger israel, gelacio "yayong" gementiza, governor rodolfo del rosario, vice governor victorio suaybaguio with tags , , , on January 27, 2009 by cha monforte

“New City Hall is just a walking distance from my house”

Former Davao del Norte Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza Tuesday  in an interview said that he liked to see Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio taking the crack for the District 1 congressional post which last-termer Arrel Olano is finishing to serve at present.

“Yes, I am endorsing him (Suaybaguio) for Congress,” he said.

Gementiza’s statement came close to what observers said as political exit of former Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael del Rosario who admitted last week that he is afflicted with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer in Stage 3 development.

Gementiza opined that between Suaybaguio and the young Del Rosario the former has more winnability in District 1 saying that the latter “is more identified with the second district”.

He added that Del Rosario only established residence in Tagum City in a recent year “because he wanted to be a candidate”.

Asked on his political plan by 2010, Gementiza said “wala sa, kay layo pa” (none yet as the election is still away). “It’s still a nobody’s game,” he said.

But on the next breath, he said that the location of the new City Hall that is being fast-tracked for completion by Mayor Rey Uy at present at Apokon “is good that it is just a walking distance to my residence”, a seeming potshot to one of Yayong’s political options.

Gementiza though admitted that he and the present governor have been calling each other in phone saying in vernacular that “if it’s not me calling him, it’s he who gives a call”.

Gementiza, now 74, ran but lost to the governor in the last 2007 polls.

The young Del Rosario, known by his political nick AGR, was earlier so much speculated to be the inevitable Lakas standard-bearer for the District 1 congressional post given that he is the son and political heir-apparent of the aged Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario. The latter is already 76.

AGR announced last week that he would be undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the next six months and hence would be on leave from his present position as the provincial sports coordinator.

But observers speculated that with AGR’s disease there would be difficulties for him to stand the rigors of the bruising electoral campaign once he physically recovers, or he would be associated with an electoral issue on his health.

With Del Rosario’s political exit, Suaybaguio, known close to the governor, is now speculated to take the stead of AGR in the governor’s endorsement for the post.

But Gementiza commented that Boardmember “Dangpanan” Roger Israel, who is also aspiring for the congressional post, could not also be discounted citing that Israel has a record of landing as topnotcher for senior boardmember in three elections in the past. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: “Anti-Urban Poor” Ordinance reaches SP

Posted in boardmember artemio san juan, boardmember roger israel, davao norte vice gov. victorio suaybaguio jr, tagum, tagum city with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by cha monforte

Legislation seeks to defer approval

of urban poor housing for 5 years

oct 28

TAGUM CITY – Two weeks after the controversial Purok Ordinance of the City Hall was unanimously junked by Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan, another city ordinance considered by several quarters here as ”contentious” and critics as “anti-urban poor” reached yesterday at the provincial board in its 48th regular session.

Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio immediately referred City Council Ordinance No. 320 to the SP committee on human settlements, planning and development chaired by Boardmember Roger Israel as the lead committee and to the committee on laws, resolutions, ordinance and justice chaired by Boardmember Artemio San Juan.

Dubbed by critics as “Anti-Urban Poor Ordinance”, the new legislation reaching the provincial board, which recently smarted from its act of finally junking the controversial Purok Ordinance, is seeking to defer for a period of five years the issuance of accreditation and approval of permits and other requirements by the City Hall for urban poor subdivision housing projects.

It appeared to have been passed at the city council without much fuss, and suddenly it reached at the SP secretariat last October 22.

It was authored and pushed by Councilor Nicandro “Nickel” Suaybaguio as initiated by the city executive department. He is a nephew of the presiding vice governor.

But the young Suaybaguio,  in a phone interview yesterday, said that the city council had passed it in two sessions, the first one of which was followed by a public hearing attended by representatives of shelter agencies and the affected sectors.

He said that his measure was approved by the city council last September 22 and that for a month it was at the city council secretariat which had worked on its long minutes and proceedings.

Yesterday, urban poor leader Gregorio “Loloy” Ibanez said in text message that Suaybaguio’s ordinance “is anti-urban poor for being contrary to the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) and executive order of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government and to the policy of the Presidential Commission of the Urban Poor (PCUP)”.

He vowed that he himself will make a petition to oppose it at the SP level.

Ibanez is the executive director of the Davao del Norte Urban Poor Foundation, Inc. He is also the president of the Davao del Norte Press. Radio and TV Club.

Earlier, in one report of a weekly paper, District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano branded as “anti poor” the ordinance that would evidently stop him from carrying out land acquisition projects for the urban poor which he has been funding out from a congressional fund.

Sidlak clarified also with Vice Mayor Allan Rellon an earlier report that the urban poor ordinance would have still to be fully sponsored by Suaybaguio saying that he was confused on the question posed to him by the media adding that it mixed up with the preoccupation of the city council of also formulating a revised comprehensive ordinance on the city’s land use.

Earlier also, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio said he would not inhibit from the deliberations on the ordinance authored and pushed by his nephew, adding that the rule of the majority would prevail  He presided when the Purok Ordinance was unanimously junked by his boardmembers.

The urban poor ordinance has invoked the ground that that urban poor subdivisions and informal settlements in the city are not livable due to inadequacies of basic community facilities and services such as road, water, electricity and have low occupancy rate.

The young Suaybaguio earlier said that the deferment could be “automatically lifted” if a high occupancy rate of existing urban poor housing projects could be attained.

He also said that several existing urban housing projects whose requirements are on process are included in the exemption clause of the ordinance.

But critics also charged that the ordinance is “a class legislation” saying that it favored the rich subdivision developers and would stop informal housing for the poor in the city like the Habitat and the Gawad Kalinga projects initiated by the religious.

They said that the urban poor housing projects instead contributed to solve the city’s acute housing backlog of at least 28,000 families per projection of the City Comprehensive and Development Plan (2001-2010). (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Zero pork

Posted in boardmember roger israel with tags , on September 24, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 24

Davao del Norte Boardmember Roger Israel must be at least understood when he let loose his sentiment last Monday’s session over the absence again of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the Annual Investment Plan of the province for 2009.

So we’ll expect that Davao del Norte boardmembers will be left holding an empty bag again for next year, the time which BM Israel has earlier professed he would join in any fray between and among other BMs in the session hall, kay di na siya mahadlok makasala.

With that prospect, DavNor BMs can only beg and beg to the one holding the provincial kitty at a time when DavNor’s Great Tug of War across all SPs and SBs would already have been heightened.

But under another prospect that a continued zero-pork scenario could open an easy floodgate of raiding incumbents under the baton of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, the tendency of the one holding purse is to cave in to the clamor of the boardmembers for a share of the PDAF, which is otherwise dubbed as the pork barrel fund for local legislators.

Then, BM Israel might have a point after all in releasing a sigh over his fear of stepping on the toes of the provincial power holders at this early, and in planning to have it coming by next year.

There’s double-edge knife that springs from such statement. One is that Israel is still ready to absorb shocks of not having a pork barrel to live with as a politician always solicited by thousands of begging constituents. Second, and this pertains to time, he might be already courageous enough by 2009 to shake off whatever fear of political reprisals and upsets in his long career as a politician spiced by his jump-hopping acrobatics from the city council to the SP, and vice versa, that in the end, maybe he’ll no longer fear of treading to the other political fence of the Floirendos.

And so he might say, so what if he’s not given a pork barrel so he would still bring a paltry sum from his pay taken home after the usual tolicitors would have their day. For he has the other fence, too, to rely on for huge logistics for his reelection or running to other post. Unfortunately or fortunately, Israel’s colleagues might also be secretly thinking on this. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)