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NEWS: Yayong exudes confidence in three-corner mayoral fight in Tagum

Posted in chiong uy with tags , , , on December 17, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 14

Ex-Governor Yayong Gementiza: Tagum’s political titan (photo by Cha Monforte 12/12/2009)

TAGUM CITY- Former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza, the true-blue Bol-anon political chameleon, is visibly exuding a confident aura in his face knowing his “winning chances” with the entry of Congressman Arrel Olano to complete a good three-corner fight among Tagum’s political heavyweights including him and City Mayor Rey Uy, even while retired police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay scarcely stages an independent mayoral bid.
“Makuhaan gyud ug boto si CO sa pag-apil ni Olano (Chiong Oy can have a run of his votes with Olano’s entry),” said Gementiza in an interview, noting that the last-termer congressman “is close to the Catholic Church” and “he (Olano) can even get the solid Iglesia votes”.
Gementiza is visibly relying to the splitting of votes of the city’s electorate between Uy and Olano leaving him digging in with his own loyal and patronage following accumulated for decades of being a politico and win all the way to the new City Hall “that is just a walking distance from my house”.
In that winning scenario, he quipped: “I will not anymore spend my gasoline allowance and will just walk to report to my office and instead give the allowance to support the media,” he said laughing in jest.
And he charged: “If CO will be defeated, it’s a warning to the next mayor nga di sigeg pataka pataas ug buwis (not to indiscriminately raise taxes).
Mayor Uy was asked through text message for his appraisal to his rivals but as of press time his reply is still being awaited.
In twists of surprises, Gementiza, who earlier took his oath as new member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) as independent candidate while Olano, who is supposed to be the District 1 chairman of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, is also running as independent candidate.
Unimpeachable sources said that Olano was first offered to run for boardmember under Lakas but adopted candidate of the Liberal Party headed by Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario and not run for mayorship against Uy, who is with the governor and the LP. Olano is known as close ally of the governor
But on the last hours before the December 1 deadline of candidacy, Olano pulled a surprise by running as city mayor as independent Lakas candidate as he was reportedly not given certificate of nomination by the provincial Lakas chairman District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo.
Sources said there was ‘quid pro quo’ agreement between Del Rosario and Lagdameo not to give Lakas nomination to Olano although Gementiza said that Olano did not ask for it in the first place.
Olano has no vice mayoral candidate in tandem but has two candidates for city councilors former city councilor Rey Alba and Macario Bermudez, who is ending his third term as boardmember.
Gementiza, on the otherhand, said that “it’s better to be independent to give him and his group freedom which national party and presidential candidate to support and campaign in the local level.”
He also added that the support of Floirendos and Lagdameo to him was not also “certain” even if he would stick with the administration party.
The former governor has almost complete slate for city councillorship, and has retired Judge Justino Aventurado as his vice mayoral candidate in tandem.
On Saturday during the gift giving spree of Olano at his residence, in an interview, the congressman was coy and just quipped: “I’m staging a good fight”.
Olano distributed calendars bearing photos of his accomplishments and two kilos of rice inside a white plastic bag with his face and name emblazoned on it to thousands of people trooping infront the gate of his house at Delfina Subdivision. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davao Norte, Comval govs make high 5 as unopposed

Posted in governor dolfo del rosario with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by cha monforte

dec 3

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy are making high five as both of them are running for their respective second reelection bid without any opponent not even a nuisance candidate.
Del Rosario of the Liberal Party is unopposed as former Miss Universe Margarita “Margie” Moran-Floirendo backed out Monday from her gubernatorial plan.
Uy of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, on the other hand, is unopposed as his critic former Governor Jose Caballero instead filed at 10:00 PM his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman under the Liberal Party banner in the province’s second district against reelectionist Congressman Rommel Amatong (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).
Atty. Rex Lopoz, resident of the capital town of Nabunturan, joined in the congressional race as he filed his COC as independent an hour before Caballero, also a lawyer, did.

In a sudden reversal a week after she declared she was excited to run for governor, Moran-Floirendo on Monday announced she was backing out from the gubernatorial race, saying: “After much thought and consideration, the Roxas-Moran family has prevailed over me to desist from pursuing my plans so as not to be caught in a family feud that may conclude to a bitter end.”
The 1973 Miss Universe is a granddaughter of the late President Manuel Roxas and cousin of LP vice presidential bet, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas III.
She said her family do not want her to be caught in the middle of a feud between her husband former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr  and Del Rosario.
She denied there were “concessions” made between the feuding political kingpins although Del Rosario earlier announced he would not be fielding an opponent to reelectionist District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo, provincial chair of Lakas-Kampi-CMD. Lagdameo is Tonyboy’s nephew.
And Del Rosario made true his promise as no one is running against Lagdameo.
However, in the first district, former boardmember Emily Alvarez, wife of former DOTC Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, will vie against the governor’s son former Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael del Rosario for the congressional seat.
But Del Rosario’s man in tandem Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr has an opponent for the vice gubernatorial run as Boardmember Roger Israel, who was suddenly left alone after Margie’s political exit, filed his COC for the post.
Reelectionist Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya of Compostela Valley is also unopposed.
On the other hand, a three-corner mayoral fight is set up in Tagum City between among City Mayor Rey Uy (LP), former Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza (independent) and last-termer Cong.Arrel Olano, a supposed Lakas-Kampi-CMD District 1 chairman who is now running independent.
In another three-corner congressional fight in the first district of Compostela Valley, controversial police officer Cesar Mancao filed his COC on Monday morning, while former Ombudsman graft investigator Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr filed Tuesday before noon and boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay, daughter of last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, filed last Saturday.
Zamora is not running of any post as he earlier said he would concentrate in campaigning for her daughter’s bid. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

BALITA: Gov Dolfo nag Ebdane na

Posted in arrel olano, davao del norte governor with tags , on October 17, 2009 by cha monforte

Ni Cha Monforte

oct 16

Miluwat gahapong adlawa si Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario nga “personal” niyang giduso ang gideklarar nga kandidatura pagka-Presidente ni Dept. of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane sa rason nga siya ang “tamang tawo” nga may “igong katakus” sa pagsulbad sa kasamtangang krisis sa nasud tungod sa miaging bagyong “Ondoy” ug “Pepeng”.
Atubangan sa mga reporter didto sa Bulwagan ng Kapitolyo sa Mankilam, Tagum City, ang gobernador miluwat nga siya “nagasugyot” ngadto sa liderato nasyunal sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD sa pagkonsiderar sa kandidatura ni Ebdane kinsa giingon niya nga maoy “man of the hour” nga kayang makasulbad sa kagrabe nga kadaut sa pagdagmal sa mga bag-ong miaging bagyo sa nasud.
“Ang akong concern lamang mao ang kasamtangang krisis…  nga ang epekto moabot pa hangtud sa 2010, ug ang panginahanglan niini sa pagpabalik ug tindog sa mga nadaut,” dugang pa niya.
Matud ni Del Rosario si Secretary Ebdane usa ka “builder” ug may igong eksperensya sa pagdala sa gobyerno kay usa kini ka enhenyero, Philippine Military Academy graduate, ug nahimo na kining sekretaryo sa National Defense ug hepe sa Philippine National Police.
“Sobra sa atong pangagpas, daghan pod ang iyang nahimong mga mega projects alang sa Mindanao sama sa Talaingod, Davao del Norte- Bukidnon road, Davao Oriental-Surigao coastal highway, Zamboanga peninsula road project ug uban pa,” matud pa sa gobernador.
Apan miingon si Del Rosario nga sa iyang pagsuporta sa kandidatura ni Ebdane wa nagpasabot nga “dili kwalpikado” ang unang naendorsar na sa national executive committee sa na merged nga Lakas-Kampi-CMD nga si Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro. “Gibo is definitely qualified (as a President)”.
Sa mao gihapong pakighinabi, ang gobernador kalit nga miingon siya ang “alleged provincial chairman” sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD bisag tuod siya usab miadmitar nga siya miyembro gihapon sa “Lakas original” nga diin miyembro si kanhi Presidente Fidel Ramos.
Hinoon, siya miingon nga isip gobernador “automatic” siyang mahimong provincial chairman sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD sa iyang pagtubag sa pangutana kung tinoud ba nga wa siyay appointment pa sa liderato nasyunal sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD.
Nahibal-an nga si 2nd District Congressman nagtakda sa mga miyembro sa Lakas ug Kampi sa pagparehistro ug usab sa na merged nga Lakas ug Kampi samtang wa kini koordinasyon sa gobernador, samtang si 1st District Congressman Arrel Olano giingon nga wa molihok sa pagparehistro ug usab sa nga miyembro sa Lakas ug Kampi alang sa na merged nga Lakas-Kampi-CMD party.
Apan mirason ang gobernador nga ang pagparehistro ug usab nagpasabot lamang nga gikan sa municipal level hantgud sa district level ang proseso nga gihimo sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD samtang siya “nagahulat” sa resulta niini isip chairman sa nahiusang partido sa administrasyon.
“Seguro si Cong. Lagdameo busy niini kay tungod siya first-termer man, samtang si Cong. Olano wa ma-busy kay last-termer man,” sulti pa sa gobernador sa eninglish.
Apan sa giluwatang anunsyo sa pagsuporta sa gobernador ngadto kang Ebdane mihatag gihapon ug espekulasyon ug kalibog sa mga nagaobserbar sa politika sa probinsya nga matud pa posible nga moabak na gikan sa administrasyon si Del Rosario, samtang ang iyang anak nga si kanhi Vice Gov. Anthony Rafael aktibong nagakumpanya ug suporta alang sa deklaradong kandidatura pagka-Presidente ni Senador Noynoy Aquino sa Liberal Party.
Wa pay tataw nga partido si Ebdane bisag ingon niya nga may kaugalingon siyang partido diin siya magpalandong nga modagan pagka-Presidente sa nasud. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Scuds for DavNor SP

Posted in arrel olano, baby suaybaguio, board member larry caminero, boardmember jose recarido federiso, chiong uy, davnor boardmember, davnor capitol, ruwel peter gonzaga, yayong gementiza with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

It seems that the City Council has been sending scuds to the hall of Davao del Norte SP. Last month there was a city ordinance that Tagum’s old political turk Tony Lagunzad detonated for being “vague”.

It was about an NFA lot subjected to a spot zoning and reclassification from agricultural to residential land use. It triggered a verbal ruckus at the SP, and so sooner it blew over to the face of Lagunzad, who was left out in the cold as the inquisitive Boardmember Ely Dacalus abandoned him and joined with the rest present in approving the measure. In the end, Lagunzad abstained. He was so lonely- home alone.

Such verbal wrangling inside the SP of Lakas/Kampi partymates is a portent of things to come even while the Great Tug of War across all DavNor SPs and SBs was not yet evidently coming unlike now after the Cong. Anton’s little subterfuge in the 1st District last week. Maybe there’s already backroom talk in the DavNor SP that Gob. Dolfo and his “eyes and ears” inside the Capitol, chief of all is his politically nosey administrator, have to better watch out.

BM Roger Israel murmured during the verbal tussle between BM Larry Caminero and BM Pol Monteroso over BM “Joe” Federiso’s landmark ordinance on participatory governance three months ago that he was not joining in the fray “kay mahadlok ko makasala”, obviously referring to a political wrath of Gob. Dolfo. “Seguro sa 2009 na,” Israel, the non-Dick, muttered.

Now the scud of the Purok Ordinance stirred the SP anew after it was left to gather dust in one of the SP drawers when it was first quelled from detonating last February. It is over 7 months now when the measure is intentionally- obviously- left to sleep lying on the table. It was not really shelved after Atty. Pasamonte struck the Purok Ordinance down as “legally infirmed” and following the city council resolution asking for its reconsideration.

But after that, nothing was heard, until the SP’s committee of laws chaired by BM Artemio San Juan dropped it like a hot potato to the committee of government and non-government organizations chaired by BM Caminero.

It was not in the dream of BM Caminero that one day he would be presiding a committee hearing attended by lawyers locking their horns over a measure suspected to be politically motivated like the Purok Ordinance and Suaybaguio’s Anti- Urban Poor Ordinance. Such first scud already landed hard on the lap of BM Caminero last Tuesday.

Now, the jaded political observers said that once the Purok Ordinance is enshrined, automatically Yayong Gementiza is emptied of his purok mass base, and if Suaybaguio’s ordinance becomes a reverse landmark piece of legislation, Cong. Arrel Olano, who has no other choice but to run for mayor for a dignified run or retirement, is also emptied of his urban poor mass base. These, while Mayor Rey “Cee O” Uy has his barangay mass base broadened by the mass bases of his most potential contenders in a three-corner mayoral figh by 2010. What a nosey guess of these jaded observers.

It would seem now that these scuds of what they say as “political legislations” are turning out to be seeds of discord between the City Hall and Capitol. The city council might be launching more scuds like rains before 2010, pundits just guess more.

BLOGBUZZ: No mea culpa. I used the word summon in ordinary way, most synonymous to call, and not within the legalese world and word. Well, Comval Boardmember Ruwel Peter Gonzaga last Wednesday delivered his privilege speech to clarify Sidlak’s banner news story on Tuesday about the SP’s plan of summoning (or calling) ex-Gob. Joecab to shed light on the ZTE deal in Diwalwal. He said Sidlak news and Joecab’s reactions were premature as the SP and its environment commitee would still act on the matter. But obvously, from our vantage point, there was already such agreement for a legislative probe, only that it was referred to a committee for final recommendation. The word summon I used was meant for the ordinary and not as a legal parlance… It should be UM Tagum College, and not UM Tagum City which I used in my series of reportage on the city’s own sex scandal. My mea culpa…. I went inside the campus the other day to coordinate for the Rural Urban News policy presentation and press forum next week. A lot of students said that the campus is now back to normal. Thanks. (For online edition, visit my blog at:

Congressional wannabes not to sit back and relax

Posted in roger m sarmiento, tagum, tagum sp, way kurat with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by cha monforte

If the charter change (Cha-Cha) via the constituent assembly (Con-Ass) will finally fly on the wings of federalism, on the assumption that the businessmen, civil society groups and Catholic bishops, and various opposition groups as well as the 2010 presidentiables from the Senate could not put up a united front like what they had made for several times during the time of Ramos, Erap and Gloria, chances are it could throw a monkey wrench to the political ambitions of front-running politicians in both Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.

On the assumption that Cha-Cha via the Con-Ass is made, adding one more term to the presently allowed three terms of a congressman, then both the third-termer DavNor 1st District Cong. Arrel Olano and Comval 1st District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora could still run for their last reelection. And since both of them belong to the Lakas party or the merged Lakas-Kampi party, by the equity of the incumbent principle, it’s they who would be bagging the standard bearer of the administration party. Such bodes ill to the ambitions of DavNor congressional wannabes. Likewise, Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay would have to stop their mutual back-biting and conveniently seek for their reelection. All’s well that ends well. 

But sadly or happily, the Ramil-Maricar silent positioning feud will continue. On the other hand, the eyes of a member of the divided politico-economic clan or of the DavNor vice governor, otherwise the one who kept on losing in elections out from his faded glory that came after his involvement in Piatco scandal or of the Dangpanan who never was,  will continue to be trained on what Olaño would be leaving, as from our vantage point it would be so hard these days of skyrocketing prices for the President to realize her pipedream of effecting a Cha-Cha without sparking a so noisy backlash and juggernaut of the opposition, not least the presidentiable senators who do not want an overstaying President blocking off also their pipedream of becoming the country’s next President.

We think this new Cha-Cha call is another charade flouted by the administration in accomplishing at least two purposes: showing its irritation to the snagging of the peace agreement by the fiat of Supreme Court’s action, and putting a new smokescreen to the obsession of the President Arroyo to reach the end of her term by 2010. At least a new breathing spell can consume again a lengthy period especially so that our district congressmen are expected to return to be with us again from the comforts of their Manila offices for the consultations on Cha-Cha via Con-Ass for federalism maybe this week or two weeks for now.

It would be bad for the congressional wannabes in DavNor and Comval to just sit back and relax in taking ride of this new Cha-Cha pretense. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The congressional post

Posted in comval congressmen, davao del norte congressmen with tags , , , , on August 16, 2008 by cha monforte

A congressional post is one influential and pork-attached public position competing even the luster and power of a provincial governor. Even if it’s only confined within the smaller district, but since a congressional post is most proximate to the national corridors of power, the Congress itself and Malacanang, the post is therefore not only held sacrosanct for Congress mandate to make laws, but also considered in provincial realpolitik as also a resourceful dispenser of projects and ward, patronage-driven politics.

This is especially so when holders of congressional power is a member of the party in power and thus a conduit of the unhampered flow of pork barrel, and much especially so when the congressperson is a member of the influential Commission on Appointments (CA) in the House where appointments of department secretaries and other top personages have to pass through for confirmation. Former undivided Davao del Norte governor and former Comval 2nd District congressman and now provincial elder Prospero Amatong had accomplished serving in length the CA during his time.

The Undefeated Amatong had shown that if former Comval governor Jose “Joecab” Caballero had cocooned out infrastructure projects, Philhealth cards, medical assistance from the gargantuan provincial budget, he could as much compete in his own turf district the delivery of the same, even infrastructure projects that he wangled from various departments as project identifier, compliments from his being a member of the CA.

Even without the CA membership, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora,  too, and the DavNor congressmen have shown they could have barangay captains trooping in their congressional offices for the projects and assistance they have been giving, compliments from the General Appropriation Act that allocated regular budget for their non-lawmaking functions, besides the extra pork barrel and other perks from their offices like the large allocation of monthly operating budget and allowances that reached to 6-digit amounts monthly. When a congressman share these with the kapitans and other political well-wishers every time he returns to his home district on occasions or during recess, and he comes cracking a good leadership whip to those who come a-begging.

It is with this particular power and influence of the congressman that, quite understandably. the congressional post has become one most coveted and sought-after position in provincial realpolitik, while it cuts and narrows down the superimposing power of the governor. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)