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NEWS: Chiongkee will not support Edu, wishes for peaceful 2010 elections

Posted in gov. chiongkee uy with tags on January 8, 2010 by cha monforte

dec 29

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy bared over the weekend that, although he is with the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, he does not like supporting the administration’s vice presidential standard bearer Edu Manzano.
In an interview, he said he is no fan of Edu and would rather support other vice presidential bets in the coming elections. He did not name yet his choice.
He said he is still supporting the administration’s presidential standard bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.
But on the otherhand he said that “we’ll cross the bridge when we get there”, when asked if his support is fixed for Gibo owing to the consensus of his Lakas partymate mayors and congressmen last month to support Teodoro and stick with Lakas-Kampi-CMD.
The governor also uttered, “we’ll just wait for the meantime” as his answer in an occasion when barangay officials asked him who is his presidential bet.
He added that he sees Gibo as more than capable to be the next country’s president given his top credentials and personal capability, but just like that “he ends up being associated with President Arroyo. ”
He hoped though that in the next three months Gibo’s survey ratings would shoot up, jumping over first Erap, then Manny Villar before the consistent survey topnotcher Noynoy Aquino.
In the same interview, Gov. Uy also said that he should be understood when he pushed for Villar during last month’s meeting of the mayors and congressmen in the province when they chose who to support among the presidential candidates, since “Villar is very close friend of mine and has helped the province.”
“We need also to test a businessman running this country. Villar also came from the poor,” he said.
When asked of his New Year’s wish, “I wish for a peaceful 2010 elections,” he 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)

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: Ramil will not run for Congress

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, cong way kurat zamora, gov. chiongkee uy, vice governor ramil gentugaya, way kurat, way kurat zamora with tags , , , on October 22, 2008 by cha monforte

“Ramil a good gentleman who has word of honor”- Way Kurat

oct 22

District 1 Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora said yesterday that Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya is a “good gentleman who has a word of honor” in not breaching his earlier word of not running against her daughter Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay for Congress by 2010.

In an interview, Cong. Zamora, who is currently in town for the recess in Congress, bared that Ramil had pledged not to run against Maricar at the presence of Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.

He said that the four of them- he, the governor, Ramil and Maricar had already agreed that Ramil would run for his last term as vice governor while Maricar would run for Congress, which “Ramil conceded while Governor Uy endorsed.

“Ramil has a word of honor… as well as the governor, and I will stick to

that agreement,” the congressman said.

“Ramil also a good politician, a good leader of the province,” Cong. Zamora said on the vice governor who became his ijado when he became one of the honored ninongs of Ramil and Joanna Ang-Gentugaya in their grandest wedding last Saturday.

The third-termer congressman, who has ostensibly established quite a national prominence, said that there has been no problem in the first place on the Lakas-CMD party in view of the forthcoming 2010 election, particularly in his District “as the only solution is already made, and that’s for Ramil to continue serving as the vice governor, while the governor has already said his piece, with Maricar as his choice” in in apparent displeasure to the possible division that would erupt in the unified Lakas party in the province and to the much-touted Comval in case Ramil would proceed to run against Maricar.

He said he has known of Ramil, “from a good boy to a good man… I molded him as an SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) federation president after Maricar’s SK provincial leadership until he became one good leader”.

In the same interview, Cong. Zamora took exception of the earlier Sidlak report that he “could not see eye to eye” to Monkayo Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes.

He said that on the contrary he and Brillantes have “leveled off” of their minds and have been meeting in one-on-one twosome of them unknown to the public.

He bared that Maricar,too has been in constant communication with the mayor’s brother Lito and the mayor’s sister Diel, the barangay captain of Olaycon, Monkayo.

Cong. Zamora defeated Lito Brillantes of the Liberal Party (Atienza wing)in the last 2007 polls (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Kabir, a political animal no more- Comval Pagro

Posted in comval, comval news, dr. rolando simene comval pagro, ex-governor joecab caballero, gov. chiongkee uy, provincial elder prospero amatong with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 20

The kabir chicken that former Compostela Valley Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero had then been massively reproducing and dispersing in droves of thousands to the farmers in the province is political animal no more under the administration of Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.

In an interview, provincial agriculturist Dr. Rolando Simene said that the provincial government is no longer dispersing kabir but only maintaining about 400 kabirs at the Lamdag center for breeding with the local bisaya and other chicken breeds for experimentation.

He said that Uy remained committed to develop further the sprawling 97-hectare Lamdag agri-eco-tourism center of the provincial government at Pasian, Monkayo.

He added that the governor is actively pursuing to develop more the fresh milk production from the buffalo stock at the agricultural center in view of the melamine scare in the country.

In early 2000s Caballero started the development of the Lamdag center which was then lying as idle, neglected provincial farm barn since when the province was not yet separated from Davao del Norte.

There was one time that the former governor was named by the monicker “Cabirero” by his oppositionists including the present governor, who was then serving as the senior boardmember during Caballero’s third term.

Uy before becoming a boardmember ran but was defeated by the recent birthday celebrator last Saturday, provincial elder Prospero Amatong during the 1999 toss up for the district 1 congressional post. They had only a margin of over 1,000 votes in the election where Uy was then allied with Caballero.

Earlier reports said that Caballero would be running for a “comeback either-or”, meaning either as congressman in District 1 where he was defeated by Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong in the last polls, or as governor.

This developed as reports also said that District 1 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora is also entertaining to run as governor in the province, besides eyeing to run as mayor in Compostela town.

If Joecab’s comeback is realized, he would no longer have thousands of kabirs in his hand. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Comval SP set to summon Joecab, others on ZTE’s mining rights over Diwalwal

Posted in cong way kurat zamora, gov. chiongkee uy, joecab caballero, zte diwalwal with tags , , , on September 15, 2008 by cha monforte

Joecab says not him but Way Kurat

Chiongkee welcomes SP probe

ZTE wants to develop Diwalwal as “new Shenzhen City in the Philippines”

sept 12

The Compostela Valley Sangguniang Panlalawigan will summon former Governor Jose Caballero and involved national government officials to shed light in its own legislative inquiry in the wake of reports that the controversial Chinese firm ZTE Corp has been awarded of $1-billion mining rights in Diwalwal.

Acting on the privilege speeches Boardmembers Dexter Lopoz and Neri Barte in yesterday’s session, the provincial board moved to conduct an inquiry to know of the real score of the reported ZTE’s award of mining rights by Malacanang to Diwalwal.

The SP is accordingly apprehensive it could trigger anew instability in the mining area coming from the ranks of the miners who might fear dislocation if the report is not clarified.

The province’s SP entasked its environment committee chaired by Boardmember Moran Takasan to send letters to Caballero, Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza and former Environment Secretary Mike Defensor, who all accordingly knew of the ZTE’s deal in Diwalwal.

Asked for his comment, former Gov. Caballero denied he knew of the ZTE’s deal in Diwalwal and that he met with ZTE’s top officials who accordingly accompanied President Arroyo when she visited Compostela town last July 8, 2006.

He instead said that the SP should better summon 1st District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora as it was him who was visited by the President and in his legislative office in Compostela where the President announced the news that she was bringing with her ZTE officials interested to invest in mining in the province.

Caballero, then the Kampi provincial chairman, said that he was not in the first place invited by Zamora and other Lakas officials in the province in that presidential visit when Caballero was still the governor.

He said though he would listen for more news about the ZTE’s mining deal saying that he only knew all about it since then in the news.

Asked for his comment, Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy in text message said that he welcomes the SP’s move to probe on ZTE Corp.

The provincial board was tipped off last week in a privilege speech of Boardmember Lopoz about the mining rights given to ZTE Corp. over Diwalwal when the a recent editorial of Philippine Star made mention of the firm’s award of mining rights over Diwalwal by Malacanang.

But the other day, Malacañang already responded to the news that dragged again the ZTE Corp saying that it is still open to doing business with the firm and its subsidiaries despite the political storm created by the $329-million NBN contract signed by the government with ZTE Corp.

President Arroyo was forced to cancel the NBN contract after the disclosure of alleged bribery and overpricing in the deal.

As this developed,  an unimpeachable source said that contrary to Malacanang statement, technical people belonging to the ZTE Corp. had already made even underground exploration in Diwalwal and had visited North Davao in Maco town close to the days after the visit of the President, unimpeachable source told Sidlak recently.

The Chinese-speaking technical men went down to see for themselves underground veins in Diwalwal and stayed there for hours bringing only Jollibee lunchpacks for their meals, source added.

The source added that he was even astounded that when the group of technical men visited Diwalwal they had already a grand master plan of developing Diwalwal as the “new Shenzhen City in the Philippines”.

Shenzhen City, established in 1980, is China’s first economic special zone, which successfully developed its economy without damaging the environment. Todate, it has modern cityscape as a result of the vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the late 1970s, when it was but a small fishing village.

But the source said that he was also surprised that when they toured over the North Davao area at Masara using a military chopper a member of ZTE’s technical men borrowed a soldier’s M203 grenade launcher and fired a shot down to a hill at Masara area to the laughter of the rest of the team.

Lawyer Harry Roque disclosed the other day that he plans to file graft charges against Trade Secretary Favila with the Office of the Ombudsman for awarding a $1-billion mining contract to Chinese firm ZTE Corp., which was involved in the canceled national broadband network (NBN) deal with the government.

Roque said the government, represented by Favila, violated the Constitution when it signed the memorandum of understanding with ZTE International Investments Ltd., the investment arm of ZTE Corp., allowing the company to explore, develop and operate mining sites in the Mt. Diwalwal gold mining site in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The administration allowed ZTE to explore some 8,000 hectares of Mt. Diwalwal.

Roque said the agreement was entered into with special authority from President Arroyo.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, however, said there is no record in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the MOU has been implemented.

Atienza criticized Roque for attempting to “provoke” small-scale miners in Mt. Diwalwal, who would supposedly be affected by the ZTE operations in the gold mining site.

“There is no reason for them (small-scale miners) to be worried or bothered. Mr. Roque should not do that, provoke the small-scale miners there,” he noted.

When asked if ZTE Corp. applied for mining permits to implement the MOU, Atienza expressed uncertainty that such application could still come through, citing the government’s existing plan for Mt. Diwalwal.

According to Roque, the MOU, which was signed on July 12, 2006, practically awarded “mining rights” to ZTE Corp. for the 8,000 hectares of mineral reserve in Mt. Diwalwal.

Roque added that the Philippine government also awarded similar “mining rights” to ZTE Corp. in another mining area in North Davao. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee not included in Compostela Araw;Mayor Castillo apologetic over his oversight

Posted in gov. chiongkee uy with tags , , on August 4, 2008 by cha monforte

aug 4

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy was not included in the culmination of the 60th Araw ng Compostela last Friday and knowing about it the governor reportedly decided not to attend the affair.

The Araw culmination had the former 2nd District congressman and provincial elder Prospero Amatong as its honored guest, while the July 28 start of the five-day founding anniversary celebration had the governor as the honored guest, who was not around as he was reportedly on official travel to Manila, sources said.

But Mayor Reynaldo Castillo when asked by the local press about the exclusion of the governor of the program in last Friday’s culmination was accordingly apologetic saying that it was an oversight on his part as he earlier entrusted the Araw programme of activities to a committee.

But sources said that according to Belo Melendres, senior executive assistant of Gov. Uy, the governor, who had just arrived from Manila, had notified earlier the Compostela officials that he could not come as in the morning of Friday he inaugurated a classroom building donated by the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce at Dauman, Montevista and in the afternoon he accommodated a visiting group of Korean investors interested to invest in the province.

However, last year’s Araw ng Compostela had also Amatong as the honored guest after the latter reportedly caused for the rectification of the date of the town’s founding anniversary, which was then celebrated every June 23.

Last Friday, the town began celebrating their new foundation day on August 1.

But still observers said that Castillo was accordingly putting “a sort of political pressure” to the governor.

The mayor is a known close friend of 1st District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, who is in Manila attending the regular session of the Congress after the President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address last July 28.

Castillo, a third-termer, is reportedly prodding Zamora to run as mayor in Compostela, while the mayor is interested to run as vice governor.

Sources said also that some barangay captains attending the culmination “had sensed of a new political realignment” with the presence of Amatong.

The provincial elder though allayed fears he would be running for governor by 2010 when he spoke after he turned over his Lakas provincial chairmanship to Uy last July 21 at Nabunturan.

In that political gathering, Amatong had reportedly said his going to barangays should not be colored with politics as he has only been accompanying his congressman son Rommel “Bobong” Amatong of the District 2. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com