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On the wait for next Monday

Posted in boardmember atty. crisanto maniwang, boardmember atty. florante garcia, boardmember nonoy cualing, boardmember tony lagunzad, boardmember vir boiser, pgso sammy sanchez with tags , on November 4, 2010 by cha monforte

Aug 26-Sept 1, 2010


By Cha Monforte

The verbal skirmish between the two boardmembers from Panabo City has seemingly begun. Last Monday’s session of Davao del Norte provincial board was the turn of Boardmember Janet Gavina. The other Monday was of Boardmember Alan Dujali. On that day, finally, after much seeking, PCL provincial president Janrey Gavina, son of BM Janet, in an interview did answer and denied the vote-buying charges, or shall we say implicit (yet too obvious) attribution of BM Dujali to alleged vote-buying that resulted to the defeat of reelectionist Kapalong Councilor Helario “Larry” Caminero, or in the other way of saying, the victory of BM Janrey. But wait,  we still have the next Monday to wait for a possible expose of BM Dujali as he vowed he would tell “what they have done” relating the PCL election.

BM Janrey Gavina has already denied the allegations. There were just sketchy reports on vote-buying allegedly made “someones” (as there were many bagmen according to another boardmember) from the Gavina camp, and that he didn’t know of the reported three bundle wrappers for P1,000 bills that were swept from Room 17 of Lakan’s Hotel right after the Aug 13 PCL elections.

So again, meantime, we’ll wait for the next Monday as there would be no session of the provincial board in the coming Monday, the 30th of August, this being a rare 5th Monday and a holiday- for BM Dujali’s possible dropping of a bombshell. Will he comes out something? Like a damning proof, or a whistle-blower from among the bought councilors  (who knows there would be a miracle and who knows this is true), or bundles of money like what I’ve seen in the past on TV when Sanlakas partylist representative Renato Magtubo returned bundles of lobby money from bribe-giver who wanted his vote in exchange of his vote in a bill being lobbied by a vested interest group? As they say, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

Someone might have failed to sweep the dirt on the rug. But it is clearly coincidental that things have been happening at the provincial board at a time when Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is away in alien shores. It’s more seen as a blessing in disguise than it is seen as the mice are playing when the cat is away. For one,  Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, who is the current acting governor, will possibly take a hands-off policy on the issue as he belongs now, albeit temporarily, in the executive than in legislative. But good graces for fearless Tita senior BM Shirley Belen Aala, the current acting vice governor, since she has the brunts to take and steer, and she may let the axe just fall.

The SP’s blue ribbon committee can’t just be written off like the way the P36-million bad debts in Daneco were written off sometime ago by the previous board of directors who possibly feared for the unknown. But who knows Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad might go ballistic like what he did when he actively lobbied his insertions to the measure giving the governor blanket authority to sign for any contract with a national government agency up until December 31 only this year, but when the voting was called for by SP Secretary Dennis Dean Castillo, BM Lagunzad suddenly abstained (and we in the gallery saw him making tuya-tuya with his swivel chair). I mean, a twist can be possible when BM Dujali sings what he knew about the concluded PCL elections. We really have to wait, and a button for suspense has just been switched on. Usual gallery occupants who wait for free snacks for the only gracious SP we have long known of to be so considerate to members of the media throughout DavNor and Comval areas always woe for a day when there’s holiday that eats up a regular Monday or when there’s a 5th Monday. In either of this case, it means no DavNor SP session on Monday, and therefore no free snacks for gallery watchers.


Flashback: I already saw Tita BM Shirley Aala locking horns over issues with the “creme de la creme” of debater SP members in the 90s during the time of the undivided Davao del Norte- like ex BMs Crisanto Maniwang, Flor Garcia, Nonoy Cualing, Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, Vir Boiser, Artemio San Juan. The incident that I can’t forget in that SP was when Tita BM Shi returned from official trip from Teipei and made her report to the SP about her latest travel for a women’s conference, afterwhich late Nonoy Cualing interpellated and asked her, “what pasalubong you bring to us then?” Had it reminisced to her and Tita BM just had a good hearty laugh of it, and said, “Nonoy was really a speck-and-span person. I was then a neophyte  legislator and I always brought with me the book on local government code.” We knew then that verbal skirmishes between and among members of that SP at times erupted and seemed to be much intense.

That time, Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio Jr was then the reigning mayor in the then municipality of Tagum. During his stint, he caused for the rising of today’s busy Toti terminal.

What’s this group that before their drivers and bodyguards, they took oath as new set of officers for their liga? The two lechons were not consumed, the hotel rooms reserved were not all slept on by the liga members, who returned to their respective towns past the twilight. It would have better if all the staffers of the liga members were invited to witness the affair. But sadly, the event organizer, the newly elected president of that liga failed.

Davao del Norte Provincial General Services Officer Samson “Sammy” Sanchez, in an interview, defended his current position saying that he did not ask for it since Governor Rodolfo del Rosario had him sit there based on trust and confidence. He added he’s more than qualified for the job being a holder of third-level Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). In 1991, he added, he was the assistant provincial administrator during the time of Gov. Prospero Amatong. “I’m the only CSEE here,” he said referring to the whole Capitol. Sanchez, also the chairman of Bids and Awards Committee of the Capitol, has been snipped at for various allegations and issues. The other year nasty and malicious text messages spread alleging about him and Provincial Administrator Rufo Peligro.An SP committee later dismissed the allegations in text messages as unfounded and without basis. (e-mail:

NEWS: Mayor CO junks LP fellows Lagunzad, Aala for supporting rival Olano

Posted in Dexter Welborn, Erwin Ang, Shirley Belen Aala, Tristan “Bong” Aala, X Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad with tags , , , , on February 8, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

jan 28

Reelectionist Tagum City Mayor Rey “CO” Uy confirmed the other day that he is junking and would no longer be supporting the candidacies of fellow Liberal partymates Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad and ex-Boardmember Shirley Belen Aala for supporting one of his mayoral rivals, Congressman Arrel Olano.

Lagunzad is reelectionist for the same post while Aala is running for boardmember this time after losing in vice gubernatorial race with Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr in the last 2007 polls.

Lagunzad is known close political protégé of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario while Aala is erstwhile ally of former District 2 Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr,  who is a known close personal friend of Uy.

Unimpeachable sources said that Lagunzad earned the ire of Mayor Uy after he was suspected to have distributed rice coming from Olano as Christmas giveaways to constituents sometime last month.

Last December Olano had distributed Christmas gifts consisting of two kilos of rice and calendars at his residence in Delfina Subdivision to each of the thousands of gift-asking constituents.

On the other hand, Aala would no longer get political backing from Uy in his Tagum turf for already supporting Olano following the recent defection of her son ex-city Councilor Tristan “Bong” Aala from from the independent slate of co-mayoral candidate ex-Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza to another independent slate of Olano.

Last December the elder Aala said she would be supporting her son despite their party differences as any mother would have to do for his son or daughter.

At least three candidates for councilor under Gementiza bolted to Olano’s camp last week. The other two candidates were identified to be Erwin Ang and Dexter Welborn.

Ex-councilor Geterito “Boyet” Gementiza, also a candidate for councilor under his father’s slate, confirmed the defection gamely saying, “it’s how democracy works, it’s their choice”.

Olano however claimed to running under independent Lakas-Kampi-CMD. The congressman was not given the administration’s official certificate of candidacy by unopposed reelectionist District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo when he filed his CoC on the last hours of the December 1, 2009 deadline.

Efforts to reach Lagunzad and Aala for comment proved futile as of the press time. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINYON: Red carpet treatment

Posted in anthony rafael g. del rosario, atty. daniel campoamor, Bise Mayor Charles Suelto, Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad, cesar cuntapay, Compostela Valley Governor Arturo "Chiongkee" Uy, maragusan mayor cesar colina, Mayor Voltaire Rimando with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by cha monforte

Ni Cha Monforte

Red carpet treatment

Tataw na gayud nga grabe ang suporta nga gihatag ni AGR – Anthony Rafael G. del Rosario (AGR) sa tandem ni Senador Noynoy Aquino ug Mar Roxas. Gitawag nga red carpet treatment ang gihatag sa Kapitolyo sa Mankilam, Tagum City niadtong Biyernes sa launching sa Noynoy Aquino for President Movement (NAPM) sa Davao del Norte. Matud pa, daghang mga politiko ang misugat kang Nonoy ug Mar, samtang init gayud ang pag-welcome sa kanila ni Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, ang amahan  ni AGR. Matud pa libre usab ang kaon sa mga misugat nga mga estudyante ug katawhan sa klase-klaseng sektor.
Seguro out of courtesy lang isip amahan sa probinsya nganong mihatag ug usa ka red carpet treatment si Gov. Del Rosario, nga taga Lakas-CMD Party, ngadto sa mga kandidato sa oposisyon. Una nang miingon ang gobernador nga di niya mapugngan ang iyang anak nga mo-oposisyon tungod kay iyang girespetuhan ang kagawasan sa iyang anak sa pagpili kung kinsa ang iyang suportaran pagka-Presidente ug pagka-Bise Presidente.
Human sa pagbisita nila Senador Noynoy ug Mar Roxas sa Liberal Party sa Tagum City, mibaniog dayon ang mga estorya nga nag-oposisyon na ang gobernador ug miuban na kani sa panaw sa politika sa iyang anak. Apan dili pa kani makonpirmar dayon ug gani may taho nga nag Lakas-Ramos wing ang gobernador. Kung mao kani ang posisyon sa gobernador, posible nga ang liderato sa na merged nga Lakas-Kampi-CMD o ang Lakas nga Malacanang wing makuha na sa mga Floirendos ug Lagdameo. Hangtud karon matud pa aduna gihapoy konplikto tali kanila ug sa Del Rosario.
Pagarpar sa politikang yellow si Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad kay matud pa nahimo kaning mayor sa Tagum tungod kang Presidente Cory Aquino. Morag nakapuntos ang bokal niadtong pag-abot nila Noynoy sa Tagum tungod sa kabaga sa mga tawong miapil sa NAPM. Tama na segurong mobulag na si Lagunzad sa Lakas ug mag Liberal na. Ang nakaapan man gud kaniya kay kusganon siyang maka yellow karon sa pagsuporta kang AGR apan dako pod nga makaadministrasyon kay sigeg deklarar nga dakong loyal lagi siya kang Gov. Dolfo. Consistent lang siya kay may alegasyon man gud nga balingbing ug doble kara na gayud ang politika ni Lagunzad sa una pa.
Mas maayo pa ang gibuhat ni AGR nga miresayn gayud sa Lakas sa iyang pagdeklar nga modagan sa Kongreso isip independente nga kandidato. Karon tataw na siyang oposisyong dako. Ang nakaapan lang pod kay wa pa miresayn siya isip empleyado (provincial sports coordinator) sa kagamhanang probinsyal samtang gigamit niya ang Kapitolyo sa paghatag ug suporta sa mga kandidato sa oposisyon.
Nakit-an usab si Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy didto sa Kapitolyo sa Mankilam nga misugat usab kang Noynoy ug Mar. Apan sa iyang pamahayag sa usa ka text message kanako, miingon siya nga miadto lang siya tungod kay giimbitar siya ni AGR ug sa iyang igsoong Mayor Rey Uy sa Tagum, ug anaa pa gihapon siya sa Lakas. Pasabot nga wa pa miabak ang gobernador ngadto kang Senador Manny Villar nga modagan pod pagka-Presidente- hangtud niadtong Byernes.
TINALIGSIK: Formidable ang tandem ni Dr. Miller Alaba, ang kanhi mayor, ug Atty. Mario Sapilan, No. 1 councilor, sa Maco, Comval. Gikataho ang Alaba-Sapilan tandem nga moparang batok ni Mayor Voltaire Rimando ug Bise Mayor Charles Suelto. Puros Top  1 councilor ning si Alaba ug Sapilan…. Kanhi Gov. Joecab Caballero “either for governor or for congressman pa rin”. Ayaw na na dugaya uy kay daghan na naghinam-himan sa Uy-Joecab or Amatong-Joecab fight. Kinsa kaha sa duruha ang makagasto sa 2010?….. Mideklarar na nga modagan pagkamayor sa Tagum ang retiradong police investigator Cesar Cuntapay. Matud niya sa “Histoganay sa Onse” nga TV program sa Skycable-Tagum modagan siya aron paubsan ang taas nga mehurasan sa syudad ug aron protektahan ang Tagum consumers…. “Di tinoud ang balita nga si Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina sa Comval na-suspended ug gipolitika lang kani,” matud pa ni Atty. Daniel Campoamor, kinsa close friend sa mayor. Nabaniog man gud nga tungod kay daghang namatay sa bardown sa Pamintaran gold rush area ug wa kahimog aksyon ang mayor mao nga nasuspended. Di diay kani tinoud. (Alang sa inyong reksyon, e-mail:, text: 09392218348)