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Police looks into 2 angles in mayor’s killing in Compostela Valley

Posted in laak mayor rey navarro with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

may 30, 2014

The Compostela Valley provincial police is looking into two angles in the killing of Laak town Mayor Reynaldo Navarro last Wednesday at Asuncion town in neighboring Davao del Norte.

PNP provincial police director PSSupt. Abraham Rojas said in radio interview that possible angles that the police is looking into are related to politics and to illegal logging.

He added that police investigators are still in the thick of their investigation to the case as of press time.

Mayor Navarro, 62 years old, was ambushed by some five armed assailants Wednesday at around 8:30 A.M.Wednesday while his convoy of two vehicles was cruising Kilometer 9 at Barangay Sagayin, Asuncion.

The mayor’s back-up escorts managed to fire back resulting to the killing of two still unidentified assailants.

The mayor was hit in several parts of his body causing his instantaneous death while his driver Estelito Pacano and security escorts Glen Ochoco and PO1 Rey Llones sustained gunshot wounds.

Injured in the crossfire were civilians Crespolo Matawa, Sr. and Paquito Sonocarte.

Hours after the ambush, Col. Lyndon Panesa, spokesperson of the armed forces’ eastern command, said there were strong suspicions that communist rebels were behind Navarro’s ambush.

As of press time, the NPA has not yet claimed for it.

Last May 23, the NPA posted in its website http://www.philippinerevolution.netaccusing the mayor as “lying as logging is rampant in Laak villages”.

The communist group through Aris Francisco, NPA spokesperson for Comval-North Davao- South Agusan areas warned the mayor and other “local reactionaries” not to continue making “big business out of the remaining forest resources, (as) the NPA will impose measures to protect the environment and peasants.”

Navarro is on his third term as Laak mayor. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

The SOMA, SOPA renderer

Posted in laak mayor rey navarro, Life and Love of Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio with tags , , on July 3, 2011 by cha monforte

Feb 17-23,2011

By Cha Monforte

State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) and SOPA for the province are being rendered and complied by chief executives these days. Laak Mayor Rey Navarro was an early bird- he had his good length last February 7. Comval Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy did the complying of the local government code provision rendering their yearly report Wednesday last week. Asuncion’s SOMA was postponed for unknown reason. I don’t know, I’m still checking with Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas. Sto. Tomas Mayor Max Estela rendered his- last Valentines Day. Carmen Mayor Marcelino Perandos, in my interview Tuesday, said he would have his simple SOMA scheduled yet at the sanggunian session hall only by March (he added at the onset that his LGU has no money for the publication- oh, my gulay! for the publishers and the Carmen public because the SOMA and SOPA should really be published now with the recent DILG directive, or else just post that to conspicuous places to save resources, though it’s a so important document for library archiving). Meantime, there’s yet no signal from the Tahanan when would Governor RDR would render his SOPA- amidst the spinning of the CISA controversy. (Will he address in his SOPA’s intro, to my dear “grandstanding” honorable members of this august body? Just kidding). Most of the mayors in Comval and Davao del Norte though have not yet rendered their SOMAs. Meantime, we’ll wait.

There was that unique Comval SOPA during an early year after the 1998 separation of Comval from mother Davao del Norte when suddenly during an SP session ex-Gov. Joecab Caballero was asked to render his SOPA without him knowing first about it. Cornered, he was forced to render his SOPA impromptu, belaboring to recall what he had accomplished in the previous year and lay the challenges ahead. That time the Comval PG offices were still scaterred in various public offices in poblacion Nabunturan. The Capitol building was still inexistent. The SP held sessions in various places. They were in the poblacion barangay hall when ex-Gov. Joecab rendered his automatic SOPA. While he addressed the non-grandstanding SP members, someone among them, was always inserting his smallest finger getting a peek from his nostril, playing dumb and innocent, seeing and listening blankly to Joecab’s impromptu SOPA about the PG’s accomplishments despite the absence of the Capitol and the birthpains of the newly created province. The picking of the peek by the one BM playing dumb was said to be intentional to irritate the SOPA renderer. But its was maybe the first unwritten SOPA in the country, someone told me about that unique Comval SOPA.
Ma’am Estelita, wife of Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr had been in intensive care unit in the Davao Regional Hospital for almost 7 months for her lingering Parkinson’s disease that complicated into multiple cirrhosis. For over 6 years now she’s been struggling against the Parkinson’s disease and for those long years the vice governor has been caring for her dear Esteling, becoming her roommate, visiting her at the DRH daily every early morning, constantly praying for her to survive the onslaughts of the disease. With much of his salary stashed and going to respond to the asks for help of his constituents, the vice governor had to sell his millions-worth of real property in Tagum City to sustain the costly hospitalization of her dear Esteling no matter what. Recently, the vice governor transferred Ma’am Esteling from the DRH’s ICU room to their residence under similar medical but homely care with two nurses taking shifts to care and watch on her. On the day his dear Esteling was transferred to their home, VG Baby gathered his children and their families and his relatives for a welcome-home lunch-gathering. Esteling Pulmano whose family is also one of the pre-war pioneers in Tagum just like the Suaybaguios is VG Baby’s childhood neighbor, kababata in Tagum, and she became his college girlfriend when they were both studying at the University of East (UE) in Manila. Their love blossomed and they walked down the aisle of the old Cathedral in the city in 1964. It’s in sickness or in health, for better and for worse, ‘til death do us part for Ma’am Esteling and VG Baby now since their love to each other began.
Sentence No. 3 in my Jan 20-26/11 column was inadvertently omitted during the layouting rush. The paragraph needs to be corrected here, to give justice to that piece: “There is no debate now as to the noble purposes and objectives the privatization of security services in the Mankilam Capitol. These are all valid. But in good governance, procedures must still be followed. This is an interesting case that must be settled in court at the earliest time while the CISA guards have not yet eaten a budget of the approved annual budget, or as in Cebu case, the COA declared so that Gov. Garcia’s transaction was illegal as it needed prior SP authorization. Nah, basig ma-disallow pa ang makuhang kwarta sa CISA gikan sa Kapitolyo ug makatapada ug dako and Capitol triumvirate apil na si Gov. RDR….”
Next week the Capitol’s COA auditor Susan Querequincia is set to have her audit findings to the controversial CISA contract, per her promise to the local media. Since the vice governor and some unidentified SP members are putting the issue to the lap of the COA to declare whether the CISA transaction is legal or not, there’s the suspense out there in the Mankilam Capitol. There seems to be no middle ground in the COA’s challenge- either it’s yes or no, legal or illegal. If it’s yes, it’s legal, then brave souls might do a Quisumbing in the Cebu case, hailing the governor to the court, to further get what’s really that law ultra-fitting outta here- will the contract first pass the prior SP authorization and approval or not? But chances are, by the putting of the issue to COA’s lap, nobody in the SP could go beyond it? But we’ll just wait as someone might go ballistic. There’s also no Kilosbayan NGO of sort in the province which will take up a cudgel in case the SP loses. Just imagining.

OPINION: Gibo’s definition

Posted in laak mayor rey navarro with tags , on February 2, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

jan 25

We heard it loud and clear the messages of Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential standard bearer  Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro on Saturday during the breakfast meeting with some 300 administration candidates at Lakan Pakals hotel in Tagum City . But one message that ripped through the ceiling was when he defined who’s magaling at matalino among us.
Well, “Galing at Talino” is Gibo’s campaign slogan. That’s also vivid description of him- his capacity to lead the country. Now to him, the real magaling at matalino are the poor who work and manage to have their families survived amidst the country’s persistent crisis. “Sila ang totoong magaling at matalino,” he declared before that huge gathering.
His audience were seemed dumbfounded. For that one Gibo’s thought, he was stressing the usual obvious- the tradition for ages of putting the burden of economic survival to the people. He may have failed to put his definition within the praxis of his what he would be doing as president if he gets elected. But somehow it shows an upperhand outlook of Gibo’s mind. Letting people do for their own while the government does the work of governing, trying to turn things up under its own prescriptions and solutions that often failed to make usual miserable lives of the majority – the poor- different. And for this dose, Gibo represents a status quo.
Even when he has plenty of good intentions- he talked of Davao growth centers, peace and development, performance of the incumbents who are rooting for him, but such upperhand perspective seemed to spoil the wholeness of his mind. And this is buttressed by his prescription to the issue on aerial spraying in our export banana industry. “It’s just a matter of scheduling,” he said to a question posed. What he wanted is to just inform the people when aerial spray is made, or people will just move out from banana plantations when planes spray over to be out of risk. What, they would have to always run and run away throughout the year in their lives?
Perhaps, Gibo, the candidate, was just not apprised of the communities surrounded by or near to cavendish banana plants. Scheduling of aerial spray has long been done since before, but that doesn’t help in putting people away from harmful chemical exposure. Obviously, this also tells of Gibo’s speck of uppehand, if not elitist thinking- of making people as mere subjects. Why not put instead the toiling people as the basis and anchor of governance? But then this is already belaboring for real democracy, that “by the people, of the people, for the people” phrase, and there’s still that tatsulok- that social triangle  or pyramid where the only the few rule and command over the many subjects. For only this particular score, Gibo fails still to dissociate himself from a commanding President Arroyo. Maybe this tells also why Gibo fails in the surveys.
BLOGS AND BITS: In that breakfast meeting with Gibo, Davao del Norte vice gubernatorial candidate Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel was so visible. When asked whether he was already smelling victory given the many incumbents present, “not yet” he said…. Ian Neo, who is running for Tagum City councilor, has the looks and ideas for further development in the city. He said if he’s given a mandate, he would work for job generation. Neo is a barangay kagawad and a businessman at the same time…. Laak Mayor Rey Navarro was described by the emcee in that Gibo gathering as the “most seasoned politician in Comval”. While there are Navarro’s types of politicians, there are also bagito politicians despite of their current one term. The latter type doesn’t like to talk with the masa. (E-mail:

OPINION: Pre-SONA piece from the provinces

Posted in atty. jaime m. lopoz, boardmemeber maricar zamora apsay, Congressman Way Kurat, laak mayor rey navarro, last in davao del norte comval, mt diwalwal, Pamintaran with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

july 24

President Arroyo missed Comval and Davao del Norte in her State of the National Address (SONA) last year. To recall, she did almost mention Comval when she announced of a forthcoming manna from Malacanang for Agusan del Sur. It was about a big, impact project.

Before she did her SONA last year, various regions in the country reeled from typhoon and flood calamity. And to soothe down regional pains, we heard of her claims on dazzling accomplishments from exacting more taxes via the Value Added Tax, while damning the global fuel and food crisis as causes of the country’s ills. For that- she “cared so much for this nation”. Imeldific statements, just like the original who said she cried so much for the country’s poor.

What our provinces now want to hear from the President this coming Monday are her assurances that she would actively work to provide opportunities and investments for mass livelihood and jobs for our people. Without the abundant gold resources and the learned endogenous mining skills of our people, our provinces, most of all Comval, must have been so devastated by crimes against properties, which our local police have nonetheless failed to stump out the way our local bisaya tabloids report about these daily. Likewise, policy statements on the peace and order situation in our provinces particularly with regards to the rising crimes against persons are also much wanting now, and this inevitably relates to the efficacy of police organization in the provinces.

We would not hesitate to listen if the President would also give the Palace’s policy pronouncements, nay even good development intentions on Diwalwal, knowing that there’s now more silence than thunder about what the national government has been doing especially in Level 600 underground since when there was that direct government mining takeover over six years ago. It’s still foolhardy now to expect for government transparency now as even trhe Philippine Mining Development Corp (the NRDC before) keeps to be scarce of its public presence. And corollary to this, her policy statement on people’s mining activities that continue to flourish down in Comval and other mineralized provinces in the region is most wanting. A mere mention on people’s mining in Mindanao provinces could immediately connect the President particularly to the people in Comval, Davao Oriental, Agusan and Surigao provinces. Pa-gwapa points ka naman sa amin Madam President, at least on this score.

BLOGSBITS: Three or four SONAs ago, I was bedazzled by the ostensible gold pendant the President wore while in her dark green gown suit. Seen over ANC, she was sparkling, so presidential. But that was when her rule was not yet smudged by so many issues, ripoffs and scandals of the day…..Word has it that Laak Mayor Rey Navarro is engaged in mining at Pamintaran, Comval’s new gold rush site. Pamintaran is in highland Maragusan. It’s just cool endeavor as the mayor comes also from an upland town…. Last 2 gambling has proliferated in Davao del Norte and Comval. I don’t know what our authorities are doing to stump out this vice. See no evil, hear no evil?…. Until now we still don’t see any financial report on the last liga congress of the Federation of the Association of Barangay Captains in Comval. Paging FABC chair and Boardmember Abundio Cubio. Many Comval barangay officials are wanting to see your FS report…. At the rate there’s deafening silence in Comval District 2 political front, ah that past row between Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, then we expect no more noise about it til November? But then Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz, oldest brod of Boardmember Dexter Lopoz, is coming his t-shirts that he is kursunada! to run against BM Maricar for the district’s lone congressional post. Well, Atty. Jun was a student and youth leader before of Mindanaowide stature, has a down-to-earth, charismatic, makamasa personality. He first worked with the Ombudsman for Mindanao after passing the bar exams, for which BM/Atty. Dex was challenged to proceed to law after becoming a registered nurse. Why not? In that case, BM Maricar and Cong. Way Kurat could not claim they got the plum and perks-blessed Cong position without a rival, and with all the District 1 Comvalenyos just sitting or lying down in 2010 polls, while grabbing it, proverbially. (For your comments and reactions, text 09069104553 or e-mail

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

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:, email:, or