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NEWS: Congressman Way Kurat anchors radio station to rebut charges

Posted in atty. jaime "jun" lopoz jr, Boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay, cesar mancao comval, cong way kurat zamora, DXPA nabunturan with tags , on February 2, 2010 by cha monforte

In Comval

By Cha Monforte

jan 20

Compostela Valley Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora of District 1 is now an anchor of his paid blocktime radio program over DXPA FM station based in Nabunturan to rebut charges and accusations hurled against him and her daughter Boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay.

Zamora is an outgoing three-termer congressman while Apsay is running for congresswoman under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

In his one-hour radio program “Sayri Maning” 6:00 to 7:00 A.M. every Tuesday and Thursday starting two weeks ago, he rebutted accusations on his alleged failed promises to to give projects to barangays in the district, his alleged non-performance as a lawmaker and personal enrichment while in public office.

At one time last week, he belied accusation but admitted that he owned not four but only three cockpits in the first district while calling the attention of Liberal Party congressional standard-bearer Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz to stick to the facts.

The congressman is currently developing a “modern, state-of-the-art” cockpit in a rather sprawling area in Barangay Sta. Maria, near the poblacion of the capital town of Nabunturan .

The congressman’s cockfighting arena is reportedly having pay-per-view cockfights viewed over cable TV and hantak gambling to bet on to compliment with his Sunday and derby cockfights while it has cottages and hotel features with well-manicured lawns positioning to function as a new rest and recreation facility in town.

Sources said the congressman has already held many cockfighting derbies in his Nabunturan cockpit arena with seven-digit top prize last year while it is yet being developed “ala Las Vegas style” according to opposing political pundits.

The last-termer congressman answered charges raised by a small Bisayan newspaper named Birada circulated in barangays of his district and even enlisted barangay captains whom he made as guests in his radio program to answer issues leveled against him which dragged his daughter into the scene.

While hitting much Atty. Lopoz, the congressman also made side remarks with unhealthy douses of negative issues against the controversial ex-police officer Cesar Mancao, candidate of Aksyon Demokratiko Party.

In last Thursday airing of his program, at one time Cong. Zamora poked fun to Mancao saying the latter would win as congressman in Bohol since in his 2010 calendar Mancao posed with Cesar Montano, who is running for governor in Bohol province.

The congressman, other sources said, started his radio program closely after the latest survey “conducted by Governor Chiongkee Uy” bared that Apsay was already closely trailed by Lopoz by 3-percent margin only.

“Maricar got 30 percent rating, Lopoz has 27 percent while Mancao has only 7 percent in the survey,” the sources said. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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: