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Will it be Baby or Cee O for VG of Kuya Edwin? Suspense stirs up in DavNor

Posted in Edwin Jubahib Davao del Norte, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 22, 2018 by cha monforte


Both are ex elected officials and Tagumenyos of the 1st District while the most endorsed gubernatorial bet of PDP-Laban Engr. “Kuya Edwin” Jubahib comes from Panabo City of the 2nd District.

So, any of the two- ex-Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr and ex-Tagum City Mayor Rey T. “Chiong Uy” Uy is good match to Jubahib.

At this writing, nobody has yet floated a name from PDP-Laban who will challenge for a party consensus or convention against Engr. Jubahib, who is the one anointed by ex-Speaker and 1st District Cong. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, although Uy had floated once to run for governor but most of the time he has been heard interested to run for vice governor either under PDP-Laban or the HNP. But he was apparently spurned already by HNP’s leaders in Davao del Norte – Gov. Anthony del Rosario and his father ex-Gov. Rodolfo “RDR” del Rosario.

First, Uy expressed his interest to run for vice governor under HNP early this year to the Del Rosarios but Uy said he was “less in priority” as the governor instead used other people to tell him to run instead for Tagum City mayor.

Suaybaguio, who took oath as PDP-Laban member last year before Cong. Bebot Alvarez inside his office Congress, on the other hand has been in fact invited to be in company in Alvarez-Jubahib sorties in barangays lately particularly in New Corella and San Isidro.

Suaybaguio is accordingly hopeful he would be Alvarez’ pick, and had said in earlier interview that how he wish he would not rival in vice governor race against Uy, whom he said is his ijado.

He had no answer to the query what post he would run to in the event that he would not be chosen as the Jubahib’s runningmate.

Both Suaybaguio and Uy are good match to Jubahib. Suaybaguio, 77 years old, had been the Tagum mayor for 3 terms and vice governor for 4 terms, while Uy, 63 years old, had been a city mayor for 4 terms (elected in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2010).

In his vice gubernatorial runs, Suaybaguio defeated his rivals each leaving them a deafening margin of over a hundred thousand votes.

In 2001 polls Suaybaguio defeated ex-Boardmember Virgilio Boiser with a margin of over 124,000 votes. He defeated rivals Boardmember Shirley Belen Aala in 2007 and ex-Boardmember Roger Israel in 2010 leaving them wide margins of over 101,000 votes and over 150,000 votes, respectively.

Truly a son of Tagum he won his first elective post as municipal councilor in 1980 and after a term he ran and won as the vice mayor before he completed his three straight terms as the municipal mayor from 1988 to 1998. Suaybaguio was the architect of the cityhood of Tagum as it was on his last term that he successfully labored to make Tagum a city worthy to be called as such for the 9 years of massive developments that the city had undergone under his leadership as shown in the market –terminal-slaughterhouse-road complex that he built and which bustles now in the inner northern frontier of the citywhich was once an wide agricultural, forested area.

For three terms he was the president of the mayors’ league of still undivided Davao del Norte.

In 1995 polls when Suaybaguio sought for his last term his complete slate- from mayoral and vice mayoral down to councilors’ candidates- was so unopposed with zero rival not even a nuisance independent candidate in sight, a record that is still unbroken until this date.

In May 2011 interview of this reporter, Uy, then outgoing last-termer city mayor, was coy to the prospect of running for governor by 2013 polls after his third term, but he maintained his earlier stance of running for the post “if there’s vacancy,” that was, if present second-termer and partymate Governor Rodolfo del Rosario would not seek reelection.

He recalled that throughout his long career as politician he never made “gatecrash” to a post that was still available for reelection bid by the current holder.

“Wala sa akong ugali ang mangilog. Ako hinoon ang ginakalaban bisag pang last term na. (it’s not in my character to wrest a post. It’s me who’s always being rivaled even if I’m already running for last term),” he said referring to the May 10 polls where he was rivaled by ex-Cong. Arrel Olano and ex-Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza.

He recalled that when he ran for vice gubernatorial post in 1992 in the undivided Davao del Norte the post was open and there was no reelectionist for it.

In that polls Mayor Uy, who was then a 36-year-old first-termer boardmember, dueled with political veteran Gementiza, who came from being the longest-reigning mayor of the then municipality of Tagum during Marcos time.

Uy after losing in the polls went into a term of political forlough. “I went into farming, planting durian trees,” he said.

By 1995 he went back to politics running for boardmember and won handily.

By 1998 polls after the creation of Compostela Valley from Davao del Norte and the conversion of Tagum as a city, Uy ran for mayor as the post was open while Suaybaguio was ending his last mayoral term. He was rivaled by ex-Cong. Baltazar Sator, who was also ending his last term as District 1 congressman. Then Boardmember Antonio Lagunzad, coming from being the Tagum vice mayor, also joined in that mayoral contest. Uy won in a closely fought three-corner race, along with Vice Mayor Gerardo R. Racho.

In his first reelection bid as city mayor in 2001 polls, he was opposed by Gementiza, who was then reigning as the vice governor of the smaller Davao del Norte. Uy lost again to Gementiza in the mayoral bout.

In 2004 Gementiza did not seek reelection as he ran for governor leaving the mayoral post available and open. Uy regained his mayoralty seat running to the open mayoral post, and winning in a close bout with a comebacking Suaybaguio.

(In that polls, meanwhile, Gementiza in tandem with then Cong. Anthony “AGR” del Rosario won as governor against then agriculture secretary Roberto Sebastian.

Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario did not seek reelection as he was appointed as secretary of New Government Centers, while Gementiza was supported by both the politically influential and then united Floirendo and Del Rosario camps in a reported modus vivendi that Gementiza’s governorship was meant for one term only and that by 2007 he would bequeath the post to then Vice Gov. AGR.)

The next 2007 local elections saw the reelectionist-tandem Mayor Uy and Vice Mayor Allan Rellon pitted against the opposition candidates Meliton D. Lemos and running-mate, Geterito T. Gementiza, with the Uy-Rellon tandem winning by a big margin of votes.

The 2010 general elections saw again the Uy-Rellon tandem against First District congressman Arrel Olaño and the tandem of Gementiza-Aventurado. Uy and Rellon won by a landslide.

From 2004 mayoral comeback of Uy, it would be pointed out that he won in series his second and third terms. He was always opposed by political somebodies in his two reelection bids.

In 2007 polls, Uy was opposed lightly opposed by third- termer Councilor and lawyer Meliton Lemos, who allied with Gementiza, who sought reelection for governor against Gov. Del Rosario.

(That polls started the political split between the Floirendos and Del Rosarios when the older Del Rosario ran for governor instead of his son AGR when former District 2 Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr was bidding to run for governor withholding the bid of his nephew AGR. Their political split reportedly cost the governor to be shunted out from the mammoth Tadeco conglomerate and businesses. Reelectionist Gementiza lost to Del Rosario.)

In the last May 2010 polls Uy won handily by wide margins over two political veterans- outgoing Cong. Arrel Olano and ex-Gov. Gementiza.

In sum, Uy throughout his political career broke an unprecedented record of defeating one governor, two congressmen and one vice governor.

Comparatively, in terms of fighting veteran politicians the late stateman ex-Gov. and ex-Cong. Prospero Amatong and Gov. Del Rosario respectively defeated only one vice governor/ governor (Gementiza).

In the same May 2011 interview, then Mayor Uy bared that mayors and barangay captains were casually prodding him now to run for governor by 2013, but “with all due respect to him (Gov. Del Rosario)… kung di si gov modagan, di modagan ko (if gov will not run, then I’ll run).”

Against the said prodding, he said “let’s give Gov who is a last-termer by 2013 a graceful exit… respeto ba… hatagan pod nato siya nga way kalaban. Di parehas sa ato nga bisag for last termer na sa miaging eleksyon gihatagan gihapon ug kalaban.”

The mayor added that politicians should respect each other referring to the way of not opposing last termers and not to be selfish enough for one’s personal interest like those last termers who loudly made big reason on their last term and ran to other post even if it is not vacant or occupied by a friend or partymate.

He was giving thumbs up to the mayoral bid of his chosen political successor son senior city Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy in the 2013 polls against Rellon.

In that polls, Rellon trounced Oyo Uy by 21,964 votes’ margin. Rellon got 54,492 votes against Uy’s 32,528 votes.

In the last 2016 elections, it was time for Chiong Uy to fight against Rellon after resting for a term.

Rellon in that polls defeated Uy in what was billed as the tightest mayoral race in Tagum’s history with Rellon’s slim margin of over 2,000 votes only. (Mindanao Sun Chronicle/Cha Monforte)

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

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

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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)

Viva Gay Festival!

Posted in chiong uy with tags , , , on July 18, 2008 by cha monforte


Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy has hit the head in the nail when he fully endorsed the festival of the gays in the third sex even when our society has largely continued to cast a cocktail mixed of comedy, burlesque and crucifixion on them. Such open endorsement which even offers the full weight and might of the city government shows another side in the political will of the city mayor. That when it comes to the weak and discriminated like the gays whose sex lies between the men and the women, whom others say as actually composing the sector of women who are just trapped in men’s bodies (no pun intended).

Uy’s open and all-out support for the city’s gays is unprecedented, unashamed- given the other chief executives who fear of the backlash from the churches that haven’t yet recognized the productive role of the gays in our society. The mayor did not mince his words in giving tribute to the gays whom he said as the “people who are behind in many of our successful endeavors” in yesterday’s press conference at the freshly painted Rotary Park Trade Center .

Not since the late Quezon City congressman Ronaldo Calalay had started to champion the rights of the gays in 1995 has a growing number of Filipinos gone into awakening about the suffering of this discriminated sector in a macho society like ours. But still much has to be done for their full recognition past from mere tolerance of the gays’ stereotyped existence, which the Church continues to temper. Still, the gays after they get organized and asked for party-list representation before the last local elections, the Comelec doors were shut and until this day they remain to be in the advocacy stage for the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

It is on these circumstances that the mayor’s strong support to the holding of the Binuhat Festival, for which even the larger Durian Festival of the city was keyed to support it, has to be appreciated and commended.

Even before it begins, we say it now Viva Binuhat Festival! (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)