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Cong. Lagdameo takes oath on 45th Araw ng Carmen

Posted in cong. anton lagdameo, cong. antonio floirendo lagdameo jr with tags on June 19, 2013 by cha monforte

june 18, 2013

Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Lagdameo Jr (2nd district) took oath Tuesday morning for his third and last term on the occasion of the 45th founding anniversary of Carmen town.
In his speech after his oath-taking before a huge crowd of officials and populace at the municipal gym, he thanked them for the new mandate they gave him, saying he chose performance and services that he preferred to be enshrined in the landscape of his district without much publicity.

Congressman Anton Lagdameo with lovely wife Dawn at Robinsons

He also lauded town officials and the people for making Carmen progressive and for pole-vaulting it as a first class municipality during the terms of reelected Mayor Marcelino Perandos.
Lagdameo also bared that because Carmen is centrally located in his district he would be holding office in the town from his old and traditional base in nearby Panabo City.
Mayor Perandos on the other hand expressed gratitude and jubilation for the great strides that his town has taken due to collective efforts of the past and present officials and the unity of people as well.
Perandos is entering his third term beginning July 1. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Cong. Lagdameo says he’s not transferring to Liberal Party

Posted in cong. anton lagdameo with tags on November 4, 2010 by cha monforte

AUG 19- AUG 25, 2010

Davao del Norte Congressman Anton Lagdameo (2nd District) said that he is sticking with Lakas-Kampi-CMD and that he is not transferring to the new ruling Liberal Party of President Noynoy Aquino III.

“But we’ll support the agenda of the President,” he added, also referring to other Lakas congressmen who shared the same stance with him.

When asked if he would call for the provincewide convening of all Lakas municipal and provincial winners of the last polls, Lagdameo instead said that they were meeting in his district only including those from the District 2 who wished to join with them in a “get together” meetings he called earlier.

As to the barangay election, Lagdameo said the people should be consulted over the proposals filed in Congress of postponing it.

Lagdameo is the provincial chairman of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, party of former President Gloria Arroyo.

District 1 Congressman Anthony Rafael Del Rosario (AGR) and Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, Cong. Anton’s cousin and uncle, respectively, are provincial leaders of Liberal Party.

Cong. AGR is on leave and is currently in California undergoing chemotherapy treatment by the Stanford Cancer Center. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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: Dawn Zulueta will be in Tagum tomorrow

Posted in actress dawn zulueta, cong. anton lagdameo, tagum city hall with tags , on October 24, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 24
TAGUM CITY- Celebrity actress Dawn Zulueta, also the better half of District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo, is expected to be here tomorrow to grace an art exhibit on indigenous peoples.

Ms. Alma Uy, wife of City Mayor Rey Uy, bared in an invitation that Dawn will be the guest of honor in the opening ceremony of the 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Art Exhibit sponsored by the Kalinawa Art Foundation in cooperation with the City Government and the City of Tagum Tourism Council.

The actress is expected to give her inspirational talk at 5:00 P.M. at the Beach Volleydrome in the Rotary Park at Pioneer Avenue.
Cong. Lagdameo is also expected to accompany Dawn.
The exhibit will culminate on October 30 after the public viewing and community sale of artworks. It has for its theme, “Lumadnong Dalit- Ikaduhang Hugna (Part 2)”

Yesterday, exhibit artist participants started with the registration of artworks and the uploading of art data and biographical data of the artists to the web.
Tomorrow, after the ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the gallery of artworks to be led by Dawn, Mayor Uy and city’s first lady Alma Uy, there will be musical perfomances by local chorale groups and bands and a press conference after the dinner.

The weeklong exhibit would put into public viewing artworks themed about the indigenous peoples while there will also be arts for tourism promotions and creativity workshop. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Two kingdoms in one world

Posted in AGR davao del norte, cong. anton lagdameo, councilor oyo uy, former gov yayong gementiza, former vice gov anthony del rosario with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 1


By Cha Monforte

Provincial sports point man Anthony del Rosario (AGR), the ex-DavNor vice gov, for recently declaring he would be running – surefire- as congressman, has practically doused cold water to simmering political teapot in the District 1. Then Vice Gov. and former Tagum City Mayor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio and Boardmember Roger Israel were much talked of to be interested for the post.

Until that last Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, great lifetime ambitions of Tagum’s seasoned politicians have been stopped by discouraging statement coming no less than from the son of Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR), District 1’s assumed kingmaker.

Also, Boardmember Tony Lagunzad then trained his sight to the post that the last-termer Arrel Olano would be vacating by 2010. And what about Kons. Oyo, son of Mayor Rey “Chiong” Uy? There was also that little talk then about Oyo eyeing for the same post. But there’s report that he being young has fraternal bond with the youthful AGR. Will Oyo not run as city vice mayor and Vice Mayor Allan Rellon is shoved out to run as boardmember?

It’s Duterte’s magic formula having Sara sit as a city vice mayor during his final term before Sara gets the 2010 mayorship, and by that time Digong will sit as the presiding vice mayor and hence acting as real mayor behind. Second-termer Mayor Cee O, being the acknowledged kingmaker in the city, can have this formula to elevate Oyo further up to the political ladder. After all, Rellon, who is one of his good soldiers, is a pushover on this scenario. Just like in chess, in politics there are pawns.

After such AGR declaration, there’s now silence out here. But wait BM Israel, the non-Dick, could spring out yet like a ballistic Harry in the full coming of the Great Tug of War at the present backdrop of the absence of PDAF, pork barrel fund allocation for the BMs. In fact, Israel in one talk in the rounds retorted he has still not forged a MOA with AGR unlike VG Baby S, who is also proving to be a good soldier of RDR. Without Yayong in the political limelight, BM Roger is fast coming out like a wildcard- in Yayong’s political persona that leaves a lot of eager-beaver voters guessing on which post he would be running.

Yayong’s “last two-minutes” decision moment and his ready COCs- several of which- close to the deadline of the filing of candidacy are still alive and kicking in talks under the grooves of Tagum politics, and BM Israel, also a Masa of a kind like Yayong, has shoved out the latter for recently talking that he’s squaring off against the reelectionist mayor, who countered he’s not afraid of Yayong nor to other political enemies whom he could not choose.

Coupled with RDR’s own reelection declaration, the political landscape now is quite revealing from a hazy one. But there’s potential source of irritation on Yayong’s statement that he’s open to sleep with strange bedfellows by 2010 like RDR, who defeated him, to stage a return bout against the city mayor whom he defeated not once, but twice.  This as several reports said that Cee O would have no qualm in siding with the former Cong Tonyboy Floirendo in the awaited battle royale between Tonyboy and RDR for governorship.

But overall, the present political landscape in Davao del Norte and Tagum City that entered in a new era first spawned by the squabble over gubernatorial post and then by corporate boardroom brickbats within the currently divided clan of Floirendos and Del Rosarios has only painted the picture that the province that was once one mammoth Floirendo political kingdom has been split into two smaller kingdoms, the District 2 one held by kingmaker Tonyboy and the District 1 held by kingmaker RDR with one city suzerainty held by kingmaker Uy. Sa iyo ang Tondo, sa akin ang Cavite.

And such is fully realized if – RDR gets reelected as gov, AGR gets the District 1 congressional post, Tonyboy reclaims his District 2 congressional post and Cong. Anton gets the vice gubernatorial post. It’s one happy but divided family in the making. In such scenario, the corporate split has but become a blessing in disguise. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, e-mail:

Political lollipop

Posted in antonio floirendo sr, cong. anton lagdameo, tadeco, tonyboy floirendo with tags , , on September 15, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

If a kid asks for candy and you give a lollipop and the kid likes it and asks for more, then in our Filipino culture our quick reaction is to give the kid more. We always find happiness out from our own good doing especially when we give one which easily gives immediate reaction of happiness to whom we are giving. It’s such happiness we feel during Yuletide season that is already smiling to us especially when we go to malls these days. By the Christmas music the mall owners like the Gaisanos are playing to actually drum up sales, we are reminded of the adage, “It’s better to give than to receive”.

So in this season at this early when the political teapot already starts to percolate, not at the city’s posh Miko’s Brew where erstwhile opposing politicians have been recently spotted talking, perhaps already plotting for 2010, we have seen 1st District Congressman Anton Lagdameo, the pogi husband of beauteous actress Dawn Zulueta, already intruding in the 2nd district on the pretext of his Barangayanihan program on the hallowed grounds being carved as the own political fiefdom of the Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario.

The jaded observers can easily suspect that when day care workers not from a congressman’s legislative district approach him and he makes accommodation to their requests there’s more on it than what meets the eye. To the jaded observers, this latest Anton’s foray to the Tagum City is already a sign of a possibly creeping but little political subterfuge that could endanger the long political career of a durable politician that Gob. Dolfo is.

But this little foray or, better still, call it as intrusion than little subterfuge to the legislative district that rightly belongs to Cong. Arrel Olano has raised many eyebrows of aspiring politicians,  so they could fly to be able to bite for their political career when they have two equally well-funded and well-oiled slates to choose from in the scenario of the having today’s Davao del Norte finally becoming the political powderkeg battleground of the Floirendos and Del Rosarios. The specter salivates DavNor politicians of lesser mortals.

But Gob. Dolfo remains yet to be a political titan and a player to national corridors of power, and for having still a brotherly right to plead in the name of family, whether by blood or marriage, he has still the ascendancy to rein in mere flickers and scattered splinters from what appears as a political shotgun approach in slaying the entrenched political leadership and influence of the man who once stood side by side with the Banana King and patrician Don Antonio O. Floirendo (AOF) Sr., both as bulwarks of strength, into building up the Fortress Tadeco as one of the biggest banana exporters in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is the banana tycoon and Gob. Dolfo’s mentor, AOF, who converted the swamps of Davao del Norte into one thriving banana plantation, building a community that has now expanded to the municipalities of Carmen, Sto. Tomas and B.E. Dujali, and the City of Panabo. And no one else except that AOF had then been helped on so much by his trusted right hand man and brother-in-law who carries a commoner’s name Dolfo. That, since when former Cong. Tonyboy was still so young.

Cong. Anton, for appearing to serve now like a loose feeder cannon ball of the Floirendos, given also that he’s the one incumbent while Tonyboy, the new political kingpin in District 2 fiefdom, is politically unemployed at the moment, is indeed the most vulnerable politician in the divided clan.

For that, Cong. Anton can be fed to bid to run for a position that requires an uphill battle with the Del Rosarios like the gubernatorial and even the vice gubernatorial post. But either of the position appears to be still no-no to him just yet. It’s not that either of the position is too rustic and provincial for one who has known of the silver spoon from a crème dela crème of the perfumed elite. Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez having also a flawless complexion like Cong Anton shows it all. But like Kiko Pangilinan- the senator who ran at Grand Menseng from the clutches of the kongko broadcasters to catch the last plane out to be with his Sharon as Gabby has already returned, in Manila showbiz, just to reminisce my past essay, Cong. Anton, too, has the pleasure of knowing the luster and fame, rough and tumble, tsismis of the showbiz world. And such world is near to the refurbished Batasang Pambansa.

If Cong. Anton means that the qualified one for the gubernatorial is his Tito Tonyboy then he’s correct as the latter is the only one in the province having the stature to meet head-on his Tito Dolfo in the political arena. Otherwise, such statement of the nephew, who is the youngest in the row, can be deciphered by jaded observers as the post he is alanganin to run for. Just now yet. “Trabaho muna, mamaya na yan ang politika…darating din yan,” he was recently quoted as saying.

But back to our lollipop story. Tonyboy must be apprised now that his nephew Anton is visibly enjoying serving as a congressman. He’s quite visibly happy in a post Tonyboy had given to him in a silver platter when the former met his term limit as Cong and got aborted of his plan of running for Gob since  his Tito Dolfo beat him to a draw. Really, in our culture, if the kids like lollipops, elders end up happily giving them more. Why take back Anton’s political lollipop, especially that a choice between an old tito and a young nephew can have the folks naturally prefer for the older, the veteran than the neophyte.

But it’s different story if the choice is between titos, an heir by blood and an appendage by marriage. In this case the folks, nay the voters would then have a hard time of choosing. If this is it by 2010, then Cong. Anton retains his political lollipop in his hand and aspiring politicians in both fiefdoms will be happy ever after an awaited news. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, e-mail:

NEWS: For congress again by 2010- Cong. Anton

Posted in cong. anton lagdameo, tonyboy floirendo with tags , on September 15, 2008 by cha monforte

“We’ll resolve our conflict inside the family” on running feud between Floirendos and Del Rosarios

Sept 13

Davao del Norte 2nd District Congressman Antonio Lagdameo said that if he is given another chance he will choose to run “as congressman” again than to any other positions in the province.

In an interview after the launching of his “Barangayanihan” TV program at Panabo Friday, Lagdameo said that since he still on his first term he has still a lot of things to do for his constituents and a lot of things to learn being a neophyte congressman.

Depending on the people while he will just concentrate serving his constituents but “afterwards I will run as congressman again,” said Lagdameo, who is apparently enjoying serving his first term in Congress.

He also said that as to the running family feud between the Floirendos and Gov. Rodolfo “Dolfo” del Rosario (RDR) “it is everybody’s concern in the family” adding that as much as possible they do not want that the feud would be brought further into the open to the public.

“We’ll resolve it inside the family,” he said.

Lagdameo’s statements on his reelection plan fuel speculations anew that former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. is preparing grounds for the eventual fight with RDR, who had reportedly declared for his own reelection bid by 2010 during tha latter’s recent birthday instead of the running of his son former Vice Gov. Anthony G. Del Rosario (AGR).

This came a week before a lot of eyebrows were raised when Lagdameo and Floirendo made their presence felt in their non-bailiwick district, District 1 when Lagdameo appeared in a two-day forum with day care workers he sponsored in Tagum City.

The activity took place Monday last week during the visit of Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

Lagdameo, who was reported to be already in the city for the activity, was no-show in welcoming the Chief Justice.

District 2 of Davao del Norte has been known as the Floirendo Country for decades as politically represented by Gov. del Rosario, brother-in-law and erstwhile right hand man of Tadeco patriarch and banana tycoon Don Antonio O. “White Hair” Floirendo (AOF), and considered as one of the durable national political leaders tracing back to Con-Con days.

Political observers said that Lagdameo appears now to be enjoying serving in a coveted position of a congressman than if he were sitting in lower position as vice governor as has been bruited about by other reports, or at the latest for guvernorship which he shunted out saying there are more persons qualified for the position.

With the governor’s reelection declaration, AGR, on the other hand, has been reportedly positioned to run for the 1st district congressional post, of the last-termer Cong. Arrel Olano.

Olano earlier confirmed to be eyeing to run against reelectionist Mayor Rey “Chiong” Uy or against reelectionist Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, who is but reported to be interested to take a crack at the first district congressional post, that is, if AGR is instead positioned for governorship should the current governor would opt for retirement as what former Davao del Norte governor and former congressman Prospero Amatong of  Compostela Valley did before the May 2007 polls.

But it is a farfetched scenario as Del Rosario remains to be one of the country’s top guns in the Lakas-CMD-Kampi coalition and presidential adviser, unless he eyes anew of Cabinet position, pundits said.

The Floirendos and Del Rosario tangled in family feud and business split late last year stemming from May 2007 electoral wranglings which had RDR emerged as the governor and put Tonyboy in his current political vacuum.

RDR is Tito (uncle) of Tonyboy by marriage, while Tonyboy is Tito of Anton and cousin of AGR.

Tonyboy reportedly counts support from influential Tagum City Mayor Uy in the District 1.

Sources said that whatever Lagdameo does is always suspected to be under the direction of Tonyboy, his Tito and chief of staff.

Under the present scenario of throwing Lagdameo to bid for other positions difficult for winning against the Del Rosarios than his easy congressional reelection, he becomes the most vulnerable, if not disposable among politicians in the divided clan as a scenario of Tonyboy comebacking to easily reclaim his old post can have the neophyte and youngest Lagdameo shoved out and picked as a uncertain, loose cannon ball of the Floirendos against the Del Rosarios, pundits added. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: ON Cha-Cha for federalism: Cong. Anton wants to consult constituents first; Way Kurat evasive, Olaño, Amatong mum on the issue

Posted in arrel olano, cha-cha con-ass, cong. anton lagdameo, cong. bobong amatong, way kurat with tags , , , , on August 16, 2008 by cha monforte

Davao del Norte 2nd District Congressman Anton Lagdameo wants to consult his constituents first for his official stand on the proposed charter change (Cha-Cha) via a constituent assembly (Con-Ass) that will be convened to adopt a federal system of government in the country.

But in his personal opinion and if the constitutional amendment will push through should the people so desire, it is best that this will be made through a constituent assembly that is speedy and inexpensive¸ Cong. Lagdameo stated in a text message reply to a text query posed by the press on Thursday.

Here is Lagdameo’s full text: “Bilang representante ng mga taga Davao del Norte sa Kongreso, kailangang konsultahin ko muna kung ano ang nasa puso nila sa usaping ito. Ngunit sa aking personal na opinyon, kung sakali mang matutuloy ang pag-amyenda sa Konstitusyon, ito ay pinakamainam na gawin sa pamamaraang constituent assembly. Ito ay upang mapabilis at maging matipid sa gastos.”

Third-termer 1st District Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, on the other hand, appears to be evasive into responding to the Con-Ass for federal issue replying only that he has already a position that he can write.

Similar text query was sent to Davao del Norte 1st District Cong. Arrel Olaño and Comval 2nd District Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong but as of 6:00 P.M. Thursday did not receive a reply.

The charter change proposal sparked by Malacanang’s support for Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 has drawn mixed reactions from both the administration and opposition senators and congressmen even as several of them crossed party lines in giving similar reactions.

The resolution principally authored by Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel called for the creation of 11 federal states through a constituent assembly. It was signed in April by 12 senators

Talk of amending the Constitution emerged after the government secretly hammered out last month a Memorandum of Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on ending four decades of fighting in Mindanao that has claimed more than 120,000 lives and displaced 2 million.

The Supreme Court put the brakes on the signing of the MoA in Malaysia on Aug. 5 after local executives got temporary restraining order in protest to the inclusion without consultations of their barangays (villages) in an expanded Bangsamoro homeland.

But the signatories in Senate are now re-thinking their position as most of the senators are opposed to change the Constitution before 2010. Senator Panfilo Lacson has so far withdrawn his support to Senate Resolution 10.

Presidentiables from the senators have all but slammed the Arroyo administration for its renewed bid for Charter change. They included Sen. Manny Villar (Nationalista Party), Sen. Manuel Roxas II (Liberal Party), Sen. Loren Legarda and Sen. Francis Escudero, both of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and Sen. Richard Gordon. .

Even administration senators have crossed party lines to reject Malacañang’s insistence to put in place Cha-cha before the 2010 elections as they are unconvinced over claims that the sudden proposal by the Executive on the matter is aimed at bringing peace in Mindanao.

Palace allies in the upper chamber, Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Joker Arroyo, stood opposed to tinkering with the 1987 Constitution at this time, even if the Executive itself is calling for it.

In Davao City, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza dared yesterday the senators who signed the Senate resolution to defend the measure.

“They should stand firmly on their reform agenda on the creation of federal states,” he told the members of the Bishops Ulama Conference at a meeting Wednesday at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.

“I was surprised by their (the senators’) reaction but at the same time I was also expecting it,” Dureza said of the senators’ displeasure at Mrs. Arroyo’s expression of support for the resolution.

“How can there be term extension when there is nothing in it that says about it?” he asked. “There is nothing in the resolution that says about term extension. So, how can that benefit the President?”

Saying it should be best left to the people to decide on whether the 1987 Constitution should be revised, amended or otherwise, Speaker Prospero Nograles said he will be issuing a directive to all members of the House of Representatives to get back to their respective districts next week and meet their constituents.

Nograles said that he will ask the lawmakers for an accurate report on whether or not the people want change in the Constitution.

“I want feedback on the ground…It is the people that should decide on the issue, not us the leaders,” Nograles said.

While results of an informal survey of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives showed that 118 out of 129 who signed the form are in favor of the Charter Change, Nograles said that the survey is just the view or opinion of the solons but not the people.

According to Nograles, the issue of Charter Change is very divisive as this requires intense debate in the Congress.

Nograles said he himself will go to his district, Davao City, to convene all the barangay leaders and ask them what is there feeling about the proposal. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) with various reports

NEWS: Cong. Anton says SONA bares a pro-poor GMA

Posted in cong. anton lagdameo with tags , , on July 31, 2008 by cha monforte

july 29

Davao del Norte 2nd District Congressman Anton Lagdameo said the State of the Nation Address rendered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday no less than bared a pro-poor President.

Asked through text about his reaction to the SONA, Cong. Lagdameo replied that it clearly cast a President “who is working hard to help alleviate hardship of the majority who are hungry and suffering from high costs. Her programs are pro-poor.”

He said that the “President has been addressing problems that started before her term and she is trying to make it easier for the next administration. She is pursuing an agenda which is unpopular but which will benefit everyone in the long run.”

“We are currently facing a crisis which was triggered by global factors and not by her administration. That is why I am very supportive of her programs because I believe that these programs lay down the economic fundamentals that will really benefit our nation as a whole and at the same time answer the immediate problems of our people,” replied Cong. Anton. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Sister cities, towns

Posted in cong. anton lagdameo with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

The twinning of cities has been going on for quite sometime now, and the other day the sisterhood pact between the premier city of Makati and the provincial city of Panabo was forged. It is for the sake getting mutual advantages while remaining to be independent to each other that sisterhood bond between two political subdivisions have to be established, whether the parties are within the country or the other party is in a foreign land. As stressed in any other twinning pacts, inter-city exchanges have to be made in various fields such as in science and technology, commerce, trade and industry, culture and arts and other areas where the two parties can commonly benefit or even uniterally give support a disadvantaged party.

Between the premier city of Makati and the provincial city of Panabo, the former being a billionaire city gets the burden of proving its has more resources and capacity than the latter. So therefore, this latest twinning of cities is more favorable to Panabo than to Makati, though the latter can as well gain advantages like having a ready pool of cheap and literate manpower supply or raw food materials. For one, Makati is the country’s financial and banking capital to where the wealth of the nation goes and has therefore the country‘s richest local government in terms of local taxation. Like Davao City government, Makati LGU is a billionaire from which Panabo LGU can derive many advantages than the former getting much from the latter.

It’s a public knowledge that Makati City Mayor Jojemar Binay is an opposition figure being a sidekick of ex-President Erap. Being that, eyebrows have been raised over the suspicion that Binay is politicking behind this twinning process. He’s rumored to run either for President or Vice President, and like MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando tapping resources from his agency to promote his presidential plan through high media and billboards promotions, Binay’s twinning efforts cannot be left unscathed by critical eyes. But this is water under the bridge. Even then, the national election is yet so, so far away from now that the sitting President craves to be near though.

But in holier aspect of things, a sisterhood pact is another innovative and creative development option that not only a city LGU but also municipal LGU can avail and take advantage of. It’s long been said that Bulacan’s goldsmith and gold jewellery skills can be accessed and shared by Monkayo which boosts of its abundant Diwalwal’s gold. Like the paltik that Danao takes pride of, Bulacan boosts of its internationally known jewellery tradition of its flourishing goldsmiths. Binding the two as sister towns has been much overdue.

Among many options available to local executives, sisterhood is not an expensive option and requires only an ink and pen (let’s stay away for now from Nabunturan’s exorbitant bond flotation). It’s clear concept from the start – that cities or towns are binding themselves like sisters or brothers regardless that one of the two is like a Big Brother of the other for mutual help, understanding and exchange. It stokes an ember of unselfishness, of sharing at this crisis time. Without putting political colors of this Makati-Panabo affair the other day, there is certainly statesmanship in here. We appreciate when we see the opposition Makati mayor and Panabo City Jose Silvosa and the witnessing Davao del Norte Cong. Anton Lagdameo crossing party lines or sans the colors of politics in twinning their politico-administrative subdivisions in their brotherly act of becoming visionary for the ultimate good and welfare of their constituents.

BLOGBITS: Nabunturan businesses and public are still reeling from last Thursday’s grenade blast. One businessman complained they have to close shop by 5 pm as customers have dwindled by then while the town poblacion residents are still panicky and would have to stay at home by the twilight these days. He said he is supposed to still have about P5,000 sales from 5 to 7 pm.… The branch of the Central Warehouse supermarket is also not spared…. The town Mayor Macario Humol had reportedly arrived in his terror-stricken town only over the weekend from a Palawan trip. Until yesterday he was not calming down the lingering panic and fear situation in his town… The Free Zone Media Forum was organized yesterday at Tagum City. Hope it becomes really regular, weekly bantering affair… Daneco GM Edgar Savellano celebrated his nth birthday last Monday. Surely, he’s aging now after our two decades of on-and-off, and now active again, in community journalism. But gee, I’m now also advocating online, web-based citizen journalism (For online edition, visit my blog at: