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NEWS: Mancao, Way Kurat on a warpath?

Posted in cong way kurat zamora with tags on April 21, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

MARCH 23

Congressional candidate ex-police officer Cesar “Boy” Mancao and last-termer Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora of the Compostela Valley ’s District 1 had reportedly figured in a face-to-face “non-cordial” walk encounter the other week during a general assembly of the parents-teachers association of Compostela elementary school the other week.

Unimpeachable sources said that after Cong. Zamora made his speech before about 2,000 parents and as he was leaving the venue he happened to meet Mancao and there the two figured “non-cordial” confrontasi talk which they themselves could only know and hear.

“From where I sit to their distance during the assembly I knew that it was not really a cordial talk (between them),” a source said in vernacular.

Another source, who also asked not to be identified, said that Mancao accompanied by some of his followers and members of his boardmembers’ and Compostela municipal slates “made a gatecrash” to the gathering.

Mancao and his company under Aksyon Demokratiko Party were reportedly handshaking with the parents while Zamora was delivering his speech with some tirades to the opponents of her daughter Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, who is running for congresswoman under the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party.

One congressman’s tirade talked about Mancao’s recent donation of two ambulance units which were given to the Compostela’s poblacion barangay and Maragusan poblacion barangay.

The congressman reportedly said that Mancao claimed the ambulances to be his when the units were from PCSO donation as first accessed by the municipalities.

But other sources said that it was Mancao who facilitated for the early release of the units from PCSO due to his “close connection to Malacanang”.

The congressman also hit Apsay’s other rival Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr of the Liberal Party but not so much unlike to Mancao, sources said.

Before Zamora ended his speech supporting the candidacy of Apsay, he told the assembly that the next speaker onstage Boardmember Neri Barte would talk in length the ways of Mancao and why the latter should not be voted.

But when Barte took his turn, Mancao already positioned himself near the stage causing Barte to chicken out and preferred not to talk things against Mancao.

It was while Zamora was leaving the stage and when he was already on the ground that he met Mancao and there they engaged in a “non-cordial talk”, sources said.

It could yet be readily known at press time if said PTA had invited Mancao to be present to their assembly. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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: Political year

Posted in alleged sportivo scam in davao del norte, boardmember artemio san juan, comval, cong way kurat zamora, davao del norte, gov. chiongkee uy, governor rodolfo del rosario, tagum with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

We’re definitely on political times down the road. Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said it so Monday during a Kapihan. On the broadside, he described the spread of malicious text messages on the alleged Sportivo overprice scam as one political intrigue, even while he dared the unknown cabal to come out into the open and then prove and substantiate allegations. Veteran and seasoned Igacos politician, Boardmember Artemio San Juan has no reservation in saying that this year is when intrigues will fly thick and fast.
Good for Gov. RDR and BM San Juan. They said what should be expected. Recalling back during the gubernatorial reign of Joecab in Comval, this is the same time of his last term term when he got an ultra-filibustering and obstructionist majority of boardmembers led now Gov. Chiongkee Uy. Joecab’s executive budget was re-enacted for the majority’s intentioned failure to approve. On a hailstorm of allegations vented by Joecab’s oppositionists over the media, new budget approval was snagged while the issue of pork barrel for direct disbursement by the legislative department landed on COA’s frying pan. The cooked menu was named disallowance.
That was history though but preluding Joecab’s electoral defeat. The lesson learned is that towards halfway of a term is already a political season and politicians have to start politicking in the open. It’s now time to cast that phrase out, “malayo pa ang eleksyon, trabaho muna.” It’s no-no now. Such is good for the last year. The pundits are after all right. If outsiders and challengers could not make a dent in the public mind later this year, they could not break even with the incumbents considering the latter’s administration advantages. January 2010 is time for premature electioneering already.
So with this, the choice of Comval Lakas to make this month, January as the time to decide whether the congressional standard-bearer is Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya or congressman’s daughter Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay is just right and fitting. At least the one who is left out by the party has still the time to jump to opposition’s ship and dovetail with the national opposition presidentiables and senatoriables. That way he or she could still have plenty of time to organize a districtwide or provincewide political structure and machinery.
The case of former Davao del Norte Gov. Yayong Gementiza is an exemption. He was shoved out from Lakas on the rather eleventh hour, two months before the 2007 elections, while he was the sitting governor. When he jumped to United Opposition, it was not late as he had all the provincial activities and government manpower and logistics served for his reelection. But RDR had more logistics, men, media, bailiwick, techniques and organization than what a personalistic Yayong could muster for a win.
The Big Ramil-Maricar Problem of Comval Lakas is different. If it’s BM Maricar now, then VG Ramil is shunted out from provincial-sponsored activities and mass gatherings from this month up to the election ban time as it would be a duty of of Gov. Uy in the tandem to expose and promote Maricar as his runningmate. VG Ramil could still invoke his inclusion being a VG to whatever provincial activity but it would be a sneaky one, if not a cat-and-mouse affair- he’ll appear first onstage while Maricar is still away and coming.
But that’s still an iringan win-win solution while VG Ramil holds his ground as a Lakas member banking on the possible free zone stance or lobotomy of Uy on the last hour. But it’s better for VG Ramil to jump ship to the opposition on this scenario as he has his own logistics and two mayores and the people’s opposition temper on the waiting to favor him. But a longstanding-Lakas member Ramil to the opposition? It’s too unlikely, but just maybe.
On the other hand, if the choice is VG Ramil, the same scenario would hold true to the provincial activities except that BM Maricar is a lesser political mortal for constant isolation. The big problem is that she has a card, in fact a wild card who could throw a money wrench to Lakas in Comval Uno- Cong. Way Kurat Zamora, a stage-, propa- and gimmick-savvy and most popular politician in Comval, while he has three mayores at his side. Which could trigger a chain reaction to District 2, and voila- provincewide! Being that, Cong. Way Kurat is good opposition material and a potential regional opposition chairman, from whom funding flows in the likes of Joe Tejado during Erap’s presidential running in 2001 elections.
But a Way Kurat to the opposition? He who delivered over 13,000 votes margin to GMA over FPJ in 2004 elections and who consistently participated in slaying the four impeachment complaints against GMA? It’s still likely since GMA has already been repaid by Way Kurat’s votes. Bayad na. A plain citizen Way Kurat could have the best potential of becoming a cabinet member, chairman or undersecretary of a national agency under a new President coming from the opposition. On this good scenario, Way Kurat has nothing to lose even if Maricar loses. But he has more to gain if Maricar wins. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, for comments and reactions, text 09069104553, e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com)

OPINION: Way K’s realpolitik

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, compostela councilor dolfo ang, comval politics, comval vice gov. ramil gentugaya, cong way kurat zamora, way kurat birthday with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2008 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

There are now signs and the inevitable came out: it was no other than Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay held at bay by a mix of persons in the media to talk about politics last Sunday amid the ongoing 58th birthday celebration of his father, Cong. Way Kurat at their known Octagon farm park in Monkayo.

“The equity of the incumbent applies only to the reelectionists of the same position,” she said in answering the earlier postulation that Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya is most senior among Lakas partymen to claim for the coveted title of becoming the administration standard bearer for the District 1 congressional post by 2010.

There were no ifs, nor buts for the BM Maricar on this issue. The post that sooner his father would be leaving is really an open one, vouched even by an earlier opinion of Lakas-CMD regional president, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario.

So it’s the party that would really decide who from the front-running congressional wannabes- BM Maricar and VG Ramil would be picked up. There seems no more District 1 bidders for the post. Lito Brillantes, for one, is outsider, not incumbent. As of this writing, Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes, then with Liberal party (Atienza wing) is smoking a peace pipe with Way Kurat and Lakas-CMD when he took oath as a party member two weeks ago.

We heard from buzz that VG Ramil has stockpiled financial logistics when he became a married man last Oct 18. “If it’s Maricar, he (Ramil) would either stay or go out from the party,” said Cong. Way Kurat in an imprompto presscon amid his birthday bash. “But if it’s Ramil… ah we will not talk about it as it will never happen anyway,” he added as he turned quizzical.

We’ve learned also that BM Maricar appears to be already groomed as the Lakas-CMD national directorate’s pick. She just joined in the Tagbilaran leadership training, all at the national party’s expense. There, BM Maricar along with 40 other Lakas-CMD potential standard bearers were accordingly trained on “how to’s” rudiments including how to win in the coming polls. By the end of this month, she’ll again join in another Lakas-CMD leadership training for women party leaders sponsored by the Lakas-CMD national directorate.

We’ve also learned that Cong. Way Kurat was just testing who his loyalists really are when he floated he would be running as Compostela mayor. “Atik ra to,” he announced before over a thousand of birthday well-wishers.

He said he is due to retire from politics two years from now to be the Lakas-CMD campaign manager, as Gob. Uy listened intently. In the presscon, he said he don’t want also to suffer the same fate of Caballeros and Palma Gils in Davao Oriental, who were all defeated for running simultaneously in two top positions. Well, we knew of ex-Gob. Joecab and ex-BM Kris.

Meantime, Konsehal Dolfo Ang of Compostela enthused that the election is still far and “many things would still happen”, when referred of the no Way Kurat for mayor scenario in his town. Ang was reported to be vying for mayoral post. But he just don’t believe yet of the scenario.

With these, we see that Way Kurat’s plan of becoming a Lakas-CMD campaign manager in the province is one big enigma. While it’s one caveat for ensure Maricar’s pick (for who else could not vote against a scene-stealing and stage-propa veteran politician becoming the admin campaign manager?), a realpolitik act, but the spectacle of seeing Way K become a plain citizen again after the May 2010 elections doesn’t sit well among his loyalists. Maybe he’ll also take a crack for the vice gubernatorial post, and bargain for it, too, or the much-touted Comval unity will come crashing down in smithereens. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, for comments and reactions, e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com, or ruralurbanews@yahoo.com)

NEWS: Silence on for Maricar-Ramil for Congress tiff for now til January

Posted in comval boardmember moran takasan, comval vice gov. ramil gentugaya, cong way kurat zamora, cong. rommel amatong, former gov. joecab caballero, gov. chiongkee uy with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by cha monforte

nov 10

Silence would be observed for now by both camps of Compostela Valley Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay on who of them is rightful to be standard-bearer for fielding by the unified Lakas-CMD party- but only until January.

In a report carried by a daily in Davao City, Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy said both of the congressional wannabes who earlier both declared to be running for the congressional post in the first district have agreed to abide with a party decision on who to field for the post.

The governor said that the Lakas-CMD party will make a formal announcement of its decision in January.

Also, a source close to Lakas-CMD provincial leaders said that both agreed not to talk to the media on the issue “so that energies would not be wasted by anyone of them.”.

The source said that the party will hold a caucus by December especially to resolve it and strike consensus and agreement so as not to divide the party in the first district.

Earlier, last-termer Cong. Manuel  “Way Kurat” Zamora said that he would be sticking to the agreement on July 1, 2007 forged by him, daughter Maricar, Uy and Gentugaya for Maricar vie for the congressional post while Ramil would seek for reelection in his current post by 2010.

The suggestion that in order for the party not to be divided in the first district Maricar would instead take the vice gubernatorial bid while Cong. Way Kurat take the mayoral bid in Compostela town was earlier thumbed down by the congressman, saying that the said agrement was already “a solution that has been there.”

Meanwhile, Boardmember Moran Takasan in an interview said that the second district runs smoothly without political quivering thus far as Cong. Rommel Amatong is not facing a challenger at this early from within the party.

Earlier, former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero said that he would still be running “either-or” meaning either for a return bout for the congressional post or for gubernatorial bid. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Way Kurat asks Singapore embassy’s help for distressed Comvalenya

Posted in cong way kurat zamora, way kurat with tags on October 24, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 23

COMPOSTELA – Calling with his cellphone right from his base here, District 1 Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora has asked the Singapore embassy to help a 23-year old Comvalenya who was earlier imprisoned in Singapore for overstaying and who could not longer be contacted by her relatives in Barangay Ngan in this town.

The congressman right away called on the Singapore embassy Tuesday morning after hearing that Ngan’s lass Vanessa Dendero, who went to work at Singapore on tourist visa, could no longer be contacted in her cellphone since last September 23.

Vanessa’s mother Neri told the congressman that Vanessa was apprehended by the Singapore police last Sept. 4.

Kins of Vanessa thought that she was already released but they are worried as they still do not know of Vanessa’s whereabouts at pres time.

Singaporean chancellor Chioga Yogaineran, at the other line, promised the congressman and Vanessa’s kins to help them locate the Vanessa and inform them on developments.

It was learned that Vanessa went with a group which went to Singapore as tourists but inevitably worked there beyond the allowable period of stay as tourists. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

OPINION: The agreement

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, brillantes, compostela, comval congressmen, comval officials, comval politics, comval unity, cong way kurat zamora, cong. bobong amatong, congressman rommel amatong, laak mayor rey navarro, maricar apsay, new bataan, new bataan mayor lorenzo balbin, ramil gentugaya, ramil gentugaya wedding, trino tirol, vice governor ramil gentugaya, way kurat, way kurat zamora with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

Now it can be told that Compostela Valley Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya had earlier pledged not to run for Congress. I finally chanced upon Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora at his base in Compostela town the other day and I got what I’ve long wished from him – to interview him tete-a-tete. To me, it was one of the rarest so I threw questions or lose him again.

There I got news right from the horses’ mouth, and what struck me was his information that VG Ramil, Gov. Chiongkee Uy, Boardmember Maricar and Cong. Way Kurat had already forged a prior agreement to avoid wrangling in the future and this is for VG Ramil to seek for his reelection as vice gov and for BM Maricar to run for the congressional post that his father is finishing to serve until 2010.

“That was the day after we took our oath of office,” Cong. Way Kurat recalled. And “I’ll stick to that (agreement),” he added.

I surfed the net when was really that, and lo, the joint oathtaking of newly elected Comval officials was June 30, 2007 (the twilight sky on that festive day was so colorful compliments of the fireworks display heralding the new administration themed in by Uswag Comval slogan). And so, the Ramil-Maricar-Chiongkee-Way Kurat agreement must be July 1, 2007. (Sorry, in my rush of writing a so good news the other day at an internet café in the interior Compostela town I missed to include the date, especially that a paying time is running against me).

When I reached his base at Compostela, Comval’s most popular politician Way Kurat, for ostensibly putting the province in the country’s map by his down-to-earth, newsworthy scenes and brims, was there in shorts and shirts calling up the Singapore embassy chancellor in Manila to help a distressed Comvalenya from Barangay Ngan, Compostela who was earlier imprisoned there but who could no longer be contacted by her relatives. The Singaporean official Cong. Way Kurat called as “my friend” pledged to help.

Things are revealing now particularly when reports were heard for sometime  that the governor had confided to several Lakas partymates and allies about his difficulties in walking in a tightrope just to keep the Comval unity surging given that he had already a prior commitment to BM Maricar. Ostensibly, this must be the continuation of the Cong. Way Kurat’s revelation that the governor has already “said his piece” and “Maricar is his choice”.

Cong. Way Kurat must have been optimistic still that the fortified Lakas-CMD would remain united with a powerhouse unity slate and that for the present running tiff between VG Ramil and BM Maricar over his post to end.  “The solution was already made,” he said referring to that July 1, 2007 agreement. He quipped that after I offered a scenario of BM Maricar running for the vice governor’s post and him for Compostela mayoral post, to keep the peace. It’s no-no, but for a win-win, VG Ramil must stick to the agreement.

But verily, Cong. Way Kurat is quite confident that VG Ramil will honor the agreement. “He is a good gentleman who has a word of honor… as well as the governor.” He knew VG Ramil too much, “from a good boy to a good man ….to a good politician and good leader in the province.”

With modesty, the congressman said that he molded VG Ramil in his political career starting when he was still the SK federation honcho after BM Maricar’s SK stint in the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte. No wonder that the VG in his 2004 inaugural speech at Nabunturan Compre gym singled out and paid tribute to Way K with words as “my idol, my mentor”. That was the time when Gob. CK was first elected as a BM allied with ex-Gob. Joecab who defeated a token gubernatorial bet Trino Tirol.

From that interview, I also learned that the congressman and Monkayo Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes have no running feud between them and that they are seeing eye to eye and with a twosome of them leveling off . And that’s a far cry compared to the vice governor talking to the mayor only with a group, he said. But maybe the congressman is referring to the Friday Club at Marco. BM Maricar, too, is accordingly in constant communication with the mayor’s brother Lito and sister Olaycon Kapitana, Diel. I stand too apprised and updated now, thanks, but for a couple of weeks or so, I’ll wait for VG’s statement after the honeymoon with his beauteous, intelligent, Unilab executive better half- Joanna Ang-Gentugaya.

BLOGBUZZ: We still have to hear news after the scheduled meeting of the provincial directorate of Lakas-CMD in  Comval. Its chair is the governor, being the provncial Lakas chairman, with the other officers: vice chair- District 2 Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, secretary- BM Maricar, treasurer- VG Ramil, and the chairmen of the 5 committees held by Cong. Way K, Compostela Mayor Rey Castillo, New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo “Boy” Balbin, Nabunturan Mayor Macario “Dodong” Humol,    and Laak Mayor Rey “Reynab” Navarro, and provincial elder Pros Amatong as a member emeritus with also 1 vote like the rest…. Heard from the rounds after the NBI raid on the suspected culprit establishment where the UM Tagum sex scandal was camcorded. A lass just informed me, “Kuya di man to sex toy penis sa sex scandal nga na-mention nimo sa imong series of news ato, but a plastic container of Her Bench lotion.” I thought that Bench is only known of selling branded shirts and polos. For that, Bench company should better review the forms of its product containers at the risk of selling unwanted objects that someone may hold dear. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, email: ruralurbanews@yahoo.com, or chamonforte@yahoo.com)