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NEWS: AGR’s resignation from Lakas-Kampi “a smart move”- Yayong

Posted in Anthony del Rosario (AGR), congressman arrel olano, gelacio "yayong" gementiza, governor rodolfo del rosario, Vice Governor Victorio "Baby" Suaybaguio Jr with tags , , , , on August 30, 2009 by cha monforte

Davao del Norte politics

aug 27

Still politically coy Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza, former Davao del Norte governor, has his own reading on the recent decision of confirmed congressional hopeful Anthony del Rosario (AGR) in resigning from the merged Lakas-Kampi party which his father governor chairs in the province.

“It’s a smart move and the real purpose is really to leave the administration’s congressional standard bearer vacant, while he would end up being supported by two parties- of the administration and opposition,” said Gementiza, who earlier wanted Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr to duel with AGR in the congressional arena.

In an interview yesterday at his sprawling residence at Apokon, Tagum City, Gementiza, who was himself included by Tagum’s political pundits as congressional potential in the province’s District 1, said that the young Del Rosario’s running as independent could benefit him as provincial boardmembers in the district reported to be comebacking to reclaim their mayoral seats “have now AGR” to troop to under his leadership while the incumbent mayors would remain to be with the side of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario under the administration party.

The District 1’s congressional post to be vacated by last-termer Congressman Arrel Olano had then become a much sought-after post of fellow leading Lakas-Kampi partymates after AGR admitted that he had stage 3 lymphoma cancer early this year until two weeks ago when in a media forum he announced that he was already completely healed of it after undergoing series of chemotherapy treatments within a seven-month period.

In that media forum, he announced his resignation to go independent as “neither administration nor opposition” in confirming his bid of running for Congress, and for him to freely choose a presidential candidate whom personally liked.

“Now he (AGR) can freely pick the strongest opposition candidate,” Gementiza added.

He said that it is unthinkable that the father governor would pit someone against his own son in the congressional race, referring to the post of Lakas-Kampi’s congressional standard-bearer in the district.

But the the former governor also said: “or Dolfo may bolt the administration party” as “in the first place” he has already “no Tadeco to protect”.

Gementiza continued to be coy on his political plan in the coming 2010 elections.

“Mahibal-an ra nato na sa Nobyembre kung pwede pa ba o dili, kay kung dili mag-concentrate lang ko sa akong negosyo (We’ll know that by November, if it’s still good for me to run or not, but if it’s not, then I’ll concentrate myself on my business,”he said.

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s birthday celebration of Vice Gov. Suaybaguio, in an interview, he wished for further unity and good governance in the province under the leadership of Gov. Del Rosario.

“I have been in the mainstream politics and I have not been jumping from one political party to another, and I wish that would end all speculations” in obvious expression of his continued unity with the governor following previous reports that his relationship with the governor underwent an episode of getting soured sometime.

The governor feted Suaybaguio with a splendid birthday celebration at the Tahanan governor’s residence inside the Capitol complex at Mankilam with provincial officials, AGR, mayors including Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, boardmembers, city councilors, friends and members of the media present.

At lunchtime, when Suaybaguio arrived at Tahanan he was greeted with a Happy Birthday song, and when he posed with the governor, acoustic singers rendered the song “Together Again”.

But a ranking provincial official, who asked not to be named, quickly opined on the song: “That’s wrong, the two had never parted ways. It’s just that their reported parting was misread, since the intention was really to boost Baby’s political foundation. He’s now so popular to the people in the province and their tandem is so formidable” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News).

NEWS: AGR resigns from Lakas-Kampi, to go independent for Congress

Posted in 23830516, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario, governor rodolfo del rosario with tags , , on August 10, 2009 by cha monforte

aug 4
TAGUM CITY- In his first day of work in the Capitol, returning former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony Rafael del Rosario dropped a big surprise yesterday in a press conference he called by announcing he would be resigning as member of Lakas-Kampi party and would instead go independent in running for Congress in the District 1 of the province in 2010.

He said his father Governor Rodolfo del Rosario “would be surprised by this (announcement)”.
“It’s time for me to see who among the presidentiables I like to support. I’m looking for a presidential candidate that I think has the same principles as I have, a President I can relate with and for the principles he stands for…My resignation is my decision,” said a visibly thinner Del Rosario, who was on leave for seven months from his executive assistant position and as the provincial sports coordinator in the Capitol as he underwent series of chemotheraphy treatments in Manila for his stage 3 hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

He said he is already completely healed from the “mildest type of cancer” and even dared mediamen for a “two-kilometer run” with him to test him.

“I also get second opinion of my doctor in Singapore, who is a cancer specialist and one of the best in Asia, and he said I can run for Congress,” Del Rosario added.

“I have to get out (from Lakas-Kampi) to be independent,” he further said adding that it would be difficult if he would remain in Lakas-Kampi of the administration and talk with other presidential hopefuls in the opposition “like Binay, Erap, Villar, Roxas, Escudero”. “Madaut ta ana (that would destroy me)”.

He also said that it pained him to see that in the country’s politics the principle in the party changes in obvious potshot to the administration party, even as he declared he is still “100 percent behind Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo“.

He added he is more keen to support a presidential candidate who has “managerial skills” and “executive experience”.

But Del Rosario’s announcement has fueled speculations among observers here that the influential Del Rosarios, who have had family feud with the Floirendo family of the gigantic Tadeco banana firm in the last elections, is in path of jumping to the opposition prior the 2010 polls.

During the same press conference at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo in the media center at the Capitol, Del Rosario himself bared that he heard only last week that his father governor was already replaced as the Lakas-Kampi regional chairman by Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, and replaced as the Lakas national treasurer by a “Kampi congressman” hinting a possible falling out of Gov. Del Rosario from Malacanang’s blessings.

Last Saturday the former governor arrived in his Tagum residence and was greeted by streamers welcoming him back home. Together with his father, family members, other provincial officials and employees, he then heard a thanksgiving mass. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: VG Suaybaguio: “It’s water under the bridge” on issues between him and RDR

Posted in Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr, former Vice Gov. Anthony G. Rafael del Rosario (AGR), governor rodolfo del rosario, last-termer Cong. Arrel Olano. Boardmember Roger Israel, Mayor Rey Uy’s son City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy, Philippine Councilors League provincial president Larry Caminero. with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2009 by cha monforte

april 24

“It’s water under the bridge” or something that is over and gone and so not worth thinking any more.

With that cliche, Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr said in an interview that the issues that somehow put him Governor Rodolfo del Rosario as estranged companions are already through. “Tapos na lahat ang mga isyu.”

“We’re OK na,” he added.

He described the episode as to be just like a part in the life of a couple when there misunderstandings, arguments or and quarrels occur at times between husband and wife.

The vice governor said though that the “issues that were not properly reported by the newspaper” were just indeed in papers that did not seriously bother both him and the governor as old friends.

He said that the bottomline of his continued partnership with the governor “is to deliver good public service, and that’s the essence of it”.

Controversies hounded the vice governor when allegedly the governor told the media that he did not know the whereabouts of Suaybaguio who made an extended stay in the United States for a vacation in late December to January.

A weekly publisher bannered a story about the missing vice governor in thousands of copies distributed in barangays.

The governor’s men working in the Capitol were suspected to have funded what they called as demolition job against Suaybaguio.

Suaybaguio in turn let loose old sentiments over the local media over the past decisions and maneuverings of the governor that politically sidelined him like his opportunity to get the congressional post instead of the current last-termer Arrel Olano.

Asked on what he could say on former Vice Gov. Anthony G. Rafael del Rosario (AGR), who is stricken with Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer, Suaybaguio, a congressional hopeful, said that he is also praying that the governor’s son could recover and continue what he wanted to be.

The young Del Rosario, also a congressional hopeful, was then widely believed to ultimately become the Lakas standard bearer in District 1 being the son of a kingmaker governor until cancer did the speculation in. This resulted to emergence of Suaybaguio as the party man to be the next in line.

But he said that if AGR could not really run for the post due to health reason then he is prepared to run for the post.

He added though that everything including the issue on the congressional standard bearer would be discussed properly in proper time within the Lakas party.

Suaybaguio also said that he has always been with the Floirendos-Del Rosarios in his over 20 years in politics and has remained loyal to the Lakas party (See related story).

“As a Lakas city chairman, there is no way for me to bolt from Lakas,” he added.

“I sacrificed much for the party. I’ll always follow the decision of the party. I always submit myself to the party. I’ve never been an opposition candidate except during President Aquino’s time after I was removed as the city vice mayor in 1988,” he said.

Reported to be also interested to gun for the congressional post that would be vacated by last-termer Cong. Olano were Boardmember Roger Israel, Mayor Rey Uy’s son City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy and Philippine Councilors League provincial president Larry Caminero.

All the congressional hopefuls except Boardmember Caminero, who ran and won under Kampi in his hometown Kapalong, belong to Kampi and since there is no reelectionist to the contested post the Lakas rule on the equity of the incumbent could not apply.

Practical political workings in the province pointed however to the governor, as an entrenched political kingmaker holding the purse and as Lakas regional and provincial chairman, as the one who has the much say in the picking up of party standard bearers even as he reportedly consults party leaders and entertains popularity surveys. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davnor gov-less, mayor-less due to China trip

Posted in davao del norte mayors, davao del norte officials, governor rodolfo del rosario with tags , , on May 8, 2009 by cha monforte
april 22

Davao del Norte has virtually no governor and municipal mayors starting today as they are bound already to China for a study tour.
“The tour would last for 8 to 10 days,” Tagum Vice Mayor Allan Rellon said in an interview yesterday morning
He also said that Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is heading the province’s delegation composed of city and municipal mayors and their accompanying technical men.
He said that Mayor Rey Uy is joining the tour which would expose the delegation to diverse fields of interest such as lawmaking, infrastructure and agriculture developments in various cities and places of China such as Beijing, Shanghai and Macau.
He added that the Dept. of Interior and Local Government had already approved applications for permit of the governor and all of the 11 mayors in the province to go out from the country for the China trip.
“There are 25 names in the delegation based on the letter already prepared by the Consul General of the Chinese Embassy,” Rellon said.
He said that earlier the invitation for the province’s chief executives to go for a study tour came from the Chinese Embassy.
“It was addressed to Gov. Del Rosario, who in turn invited all the mayors to join the study tour,” he added.
Rellon by now is the OIC City Mayor. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Yayong endorses Baby Suaybaguio for Congress 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS: Investigation on alleged Sportivo overpricing scam in Davnor Capitol called on

Posted in boardmember demitrio maligro, davao del norte boardmember artemio san juan, former vice governor anthony rafael del rosario, governor rodolfo del rosario, nicandro "nick" suaybaguio sr., vice governor victorio "baby" suaybaguio with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by cha monforte

BM San Juan asked for parallel probe

Davao del Norte Boardmember Artemio San Juan called on for a “parallel investigation” by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on the alleged Sportivo overpricing scandal being circulated in malicious text messages from still unknown senders.

Showing previous copies of a local Tagum daily, Sidlak and of a local Visayan daily which reported last week the spread of said text messages to among local mediamen, San Juan, chair of the SP’s laws and justice committee, moved in Monday’s session to refer the matter to the committee on good government chaired by Demitrio Maligro for “proper investigation parallel” to the one pledged by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario during a press conference.

A few interpellations were heard on the floor to clarify San Juan’s motion.

Boardmember Ely Dacalus stood up and asked for copies of the previous issues of Sidlak and a Visayan daily saying that he had not yet read the news items.

San Juan then made supplementary motion directing the Office of the Secretary of the Sanggunian (OSS) to reproduce copies of the issues for the rest of the boardmembers.

Floorleader Gregorio Facula wrapped up San Juan’s motion following clarificatory queries from senior Boardmember Janet Gavina, who was still presiding over the provincial board yesterday in view of the continued absence of Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio.

There was no comment heard on the floor when Gavina asked for it before the motion was sent to Maligro’s committee.

Gov. Del Rosario Tuesday last week in the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo press forum at the Media Center in the Capitol compound pledged he would conduct his own inquiry-probe on overpricing allegations spread by text messages that tagged his provincial administrator Rufo Peligro and general services department head Sammy Sanchez.

He dared the unknown senders to come out in the open and bring out evidences to their allegations even as he swore on the integrity of the bidding processes at the Capitol.

The governor also decribed the text messages in one angle as political intrigue intended to sow disunity among political leaders adding that it came with 2009 being a political year already.

Menwhile, the vice governor is due to return office on February 2 after his over a month of vacation from the United States, said Nicandro “Nick” Suaybaguio Sr., brother of the vice governor.

He said that the vice governor also underwent medical checkup in the US for his minor arthritis ailment.

He said that the DILG provincial office made Tuesday a favorable legal opinion that the authorization of the vice governor to OIC Vice Gov. Gavina to sign papers as e-mailed last Friday is “valid in form and substance”.

“All’s well already so the SP casual employees could already have their salaries,” he said.

Reports said that casual employees in the SP have been already complaining last week over the delayed release of their salaries this month as their contracts have still to be renewed and signed by the vice governor.

However, staff members of the vice governor’s office told Sidlak that release of salaries for casual employees has always been rather delayed every contract renewal month of January and July citing the need to process working papers and requirements which would pass various departments in the Capitol. (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

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:, for comments and reactions, text 09069104553, e-mail:

OPINION: The year that was in Davnor and Comval

Posted in cong. tonyboy floirendo jr., governor rodolfo del rosario, lakas kampi comval, lakas kampi davao del norte, mabini comval, maco comval, pantukan comval with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

The year that was in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley was politically gruesome. At least it was not yet economically gruesome when gasoline price decreases had the Tagum City tricycle fares decreased twice by total of P2, and by Friday the third P1 decrease took effect, compliments from the city’s flexi-fare ordinance.

This good tiding for Tagum’s riding public isn’t however true to most of the poblaciones in the two provinces as tricycle fare remains to its early last year’s increased rates despite the many instances of gasoline decreases. Oil price volatility on the downtrend hasn’t unnerved most our local chief executives to call for fare decreases for perhaps seeing that pedicab drivers are political threats to their political career when they initiate for such.

More than ever, most if not all incumbent officials in the two provinces, in the year that was, were dreaming that riding on the Lakas boat was the best thing for their political career’s sake even if the Lakas or the purportedly merged Lakas-Kampi party is now the party much hated by the Filipinos that is almost having the image of Marcos KBL.

Wanting not to be left out of the political blue, losing Kampi bets in 2007 polls and now the out-of-office politicians were also dreaming to be like rats wanting to ride in the Lakas boat as replacements of last-termers not knowing that the Lakas and Kampi parties are now the most hated political parties for moving heaven and earth in covering the heaps of scandals and ripoffs of the Arroyo administration.

For giving a blind eye to their democratic obligation to locally oppose in Davnor and Comval, and take the cudgel of the legal opposition in the call and temper of the times, potential oppositionists wanting to ride the Lakas boat themselves buried last year democracy in this part of the country.

The politically gruesome in the year that was comes with the politics of opportunism and patronage, and the politics for one’s political career’s sake nurtured by the odorous administration parties of Lakas and Kampi, while its germination started right late last year in the making of Comval’s Lakas unity and the unstated yet standing Lakas-Kampi unification in Davao del Norte even if Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. could not yet see eye to eye.

But these supposedly Lakas-Kampi vassal provinces are pretentious and much more so in the coming of the year that will be when the effects of international financial crisis start to pinch on us. It has been so in 2004 and 2007 polls when Davnor and Comval voters consistently chose the opposition senatorial bets than those offered by the Palace and despite the unification of the provincial political stalwarts in 2004 and their division into Lakas and Kampi in 2007. Different dogs with the same admin collars.

In 2004, GMA lost to FPJ in overall count in Davnor, and if not of Cong. Way Kurat’s 32-0 bluffing campaign FPJ could have won in District 1 towns even if there was no party campaigning for him as he won over GMA in Maco, Mabini, Pantukan and Maragusan. It is still farcical to claim that Davnor and Comval are Lakas-Kampi Country unless they undo the placing of foremost the still jailed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in the Top 10 tallies in both the provinces (and so with most of the present opposition senators). It was always during election year that the polarized character of the two provinces showed the true opposition majority in this part of the country, despite the latest phenomenon of massive vote-buying (and massive vote-selling).

Perhaps the year that will be when the world’s financial crunch has truly reached ashore in us, when cavendish bananas are affected- great heaven’s forbid- and when cries and hues of the people become so louder, there comes in a new politicians’ season characterized by political turncoats and butterflies, the balimbings, from what else – but the opportunistic and selfish Lakas and Kampi parties. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, for comments and reactions, e-mail:, or txt 09069104553)

OPINION: A Season’s right topic

Posted in governor rodolfo del rosario, prospero amatong, tonyboy floirendo jr, way kurat zamora, yayong gementiza with tags , , , , on December 22, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

dec 19

If there’s one good topic good-natured politicians in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley must discuss during the merrymaking in the Yuletide Season it is the death of vibrant democracy in this part of the country. This death has been with us since two elections ago. This dying little by little occured starting when Fernando Poe Jr. ran for President, and when Kampi emerged as a new pro-administration party that fought against Lakas in 2004 polls. In FPJ’s loss, a song was made with a lyrics, “sa Pinas ang talo ay naging Pangulo.”

Since then electoral battles in Davnor and Comval have been engaged by Lakas and Kampi parties although there was such exemption when former Davao del Norte Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza was forced to jump ship and went to United Opposition (UNO) after a political wrangling. But then Yayong’s muckracking wasn’t against Lakas nor Kampi being opportunist political parties, while his campaign went only for rallying around his personality and not much on issues. It was in that 2007 polls when Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario clutched in straws both the Lakas and Kampi bets that threw a monkey wrench to the District 2 bets of former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Comval in 2004 polls has that political unification with former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero running under Lakas with erstwhile political rivals, former Cong. Pros Amatong, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, and the Lakas mayors while Kampi then scarcely fielded municipal slates. It was in 2007 polls, when Caballero was shoved out from Lakas forcing him to use Kampi to engage in feverish battle with the Lakas titans.

When Kampi emerged only with few flickers in 2004 polls, it turned out to be a serious, alternative power contender against Lakas in 2007 polls, but in so far as the national bets were concerned, just the same to Lakas, Kampi also rued for Malacanang bets.

Without now the strong presence of Erap’s PMP, De Villa’s Reporma, Danding’s NPC, Drilon-wing Liberal parties in the two provinces, alternative political figures in the opposition are largely absent in the present political landscape.

At this writing, nobody even from the losing bets especially those having provincial stature and prominence, while not yet considered as political has-beens have engaged in even discursive engagements with Lakas and Kampi incumbents in critical and gut public issues of the day. Well, then Gob. Yayong and then Gob. Joecab are not yet seen as has-beens and spent force as far as my jaded eyes can see, but the former chose to still play a guessing game with the media when he earlier said he was convenient also to run with Gov. RDR, while the latter is still reportedly entertaining to be with the administration through Kampi. Santa Banana! Basa na ang record sa Lakas ug Kampi these days for pure and simple political opportunism while corruption issues are burning the fences of the administration, but sadly in our locales, no non-incumbent politician has yet emerged to engage in democratic discourse pertaining the incumbents’ policies and ways of running the government, nor someone from them has risen to be counted on as representative of the legal opposition.

But maybe potential legal oppositionists in our provinces, if really there are still souls out there, are just waiting for Lakas and Kampi parties to turn from basa to baho in the likes to what had befallen into KBL (Kilusang Bagong Lipunan) during the dying years of Marcos dictatorship. It seems that the blunder of legal oppositionists occurs not only when they continue to be in the comfort zone but more so when the refuse to see the writings in the wall, like the sentiments of our bishops these days, and feel the pulse of people. Look only how people gave political fortune to Isabela Governor Grace Padaca and Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio, who read well the temper of their own people.

For their continued silence as we now enter in electoral year a few days from now, while people observe, see and listen the failings and arrogance of administration Lakas and Kampi parties over the media, legal oppositionists in our provinces have only themselves to blame when they are routed again comes 2010. It’s they who voice for the practical check and balance in the provinces. The legal opposition place is right in the bedrock of our democracy. It’s the safety valve of peace. Without it, the alternative is the underground opposition, that only begets further violence and bloodshed we can only regret. It seems they don’t rage to the dying of the light or choose to become bystander in their own dark tunnel. (For online edition, visit my blog:, txt 09069104553, e-mail:

NEWS: Davnor pols dazzle groceries, foodstuffs as Xmas gifts

Posted in cong. arrel olano, dxdn radyo ukay tagum, governor rodolfo del rosario with tags , , on December 22, 2008 by cha monforte

dec 17

Despite still harder times, several Davao del Norte politicians are moving on these days giving groceries and foodstuffs to constituents in kindling the Christmas spirit.

So as not to be interpreted, Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano defused speculations that his gift-giving of grocery package consisting of rice, noodles and sardines is not for politicking purposes.

In a report of Periodico Norte, he said in vernacular that as his tradition he has been giving “give-aways every December and in fact I started giving these in September in my district”.

Since last week Olano’s house was reportedly flocked in by droves of people including children who lined up to wait for their to receive the foodstuff.

Tricycle drivers have also received insurance certificates besides the groceries from the last-termer congressman.

The same, Olano was consistent in his earlier media statement that he is a “partidista” and would not fight the present governor, vice governor and city mayor, who are all reelectionists, saying that they all belong to Lakas party like him.

But he has a caveat for this: “unless Lakas breaks up.”

Not to be outdone, the other day Asuncion Mayor Municipal Joseph Pareñas showed to the local media his stockpile of Christmas gifts, still packed groceries, ready for distribution to his needy constituents.

Where before DXDN Radyo Ukay in Tagum used to have a lot of time for commentaries, now the primetime from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M. is booked to seconders of Christmas greetings from city councilors up to the governor.

The much-touted RDR on Wheels of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, on the other hand, is scheduled to make a lot of municipal sorties during this Yuletide Season.

In most of its sorties, provincial officials and manpower drew out various provincial services such as medical check up and medicine distribution, dental services, therapists’ massage, dispersal of agricultural products and animals, while the governor gave thousands of Philhealth cards and acted as collective ninong of mansibados (unmarried in the Church).

Sources said that the RDR on Wheels hit bumps when it drew scarce constituents begging for provincial services in municipalities whose mayors are known to be political proteges of former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

The Floirendos and Del Rosarios have had political, family and business feud which started near the time before the May 2007 polls.

MeanwHile, sour-graping pundits however said that Christmas gifts consisting of the familiar rice, noodles and sardines that have been going to barangays every election time are therefore suspect. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)