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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)

NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee, Comval incumbents stick to Lakas, Gibo

Posted in bobong amatong, chiongkee uy, rey navarro, way kurat zamora with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 24

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and the rest of incumbent officials under the political aggrupation Uswag Comval have finally decided to stick it out for the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD Sunday evening in final minutes during what could be described as intense political meeting called for to choose who should be their presidential candidate.

In a closed door three-hour meeting held at Miko’s Brew coffee bar in Tagum City, the group decided as “final” to remain with the administration party and support the  administration party’s standard bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, confirmed Uy in a text message.

The meeting was attended by first district Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora , second district Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, municipal mayors and vice mayors except Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr and his Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag.

Midway in the meeting Laak Mayor Rey Navarro, in an interview, said that the group was “divided” in that Cong. Amatong and several mayors were for Teodoro, as the governor and other mayors rooted for Senator Manny Villar of Nacionalista Party while Cong. Zamora “would side whoever the governor would decide to support” . Sources said that the name of Senator Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party was also entertained.

Close to 9 P.M. and about 45 minutes before the meeting ended, Amatong was seen hurrying to leave from the venue.

Sources said that the group then ended up into voting where the administration’s bet emerged to be the choice fearing a break up of Uswag Comval.

After the meeting, Navarro said “it’s final for the sake of unity we go for Lakas and Gibo”, while Mabini Mayor Hajji Amir Munoz said “we agreed that nobody would leave Lakas”.

Uy said in text message that he had already discussed the issue with Mayor Brillantes in a lunch with him Saturday and that the latter agreed to abide with the group’s collective decision.

Earlier, the governor has been much talked of by pundits to be rooting for Villar than with Teodoro although he was reported to be not closing the door to the Nacionalista Party or Liberal Party if ever they would not remain with the administration party citing that “both parties have the firepower needed for the elections.”

Meanwhile, in separate interview, former Maco Mayor Miller Alaba, who said he is an ardent fan of former President Cory Aquino and presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, said that “Gov. Uy’s act of going down under his partymates is so humbling and endearing to me”.

Alaba said that while he would go for the opposition he would support Uy and would not support this early former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero who has been reportedly forming slates under the opposition, possibly swooping down to get the vacant NP now for either a gubernatorial comeback or a renewed congressional run.

The recent support the Uswag Comval has at least boosted up Teodoro in the province despite that he is far trailing behind in local surveys reportedly made by local politicians while Aquino has remained to rank number 1. (By Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: No Lakas decision yet on Ramil-Maricar toss up- Chiongkee

Posted in chiongkee uy, comval news, comval officials, maricar zamora-apsay, ramil gentugaya with tags , , , , on February 4, 2009 by cha monforte

The Lakas party in Compostela Valley has not yet made a decision on who to anoint between Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay for the District 1 congressional post for the 2010 polls, breaking the party leaders’ pledge late last year that they would announce the decision by January 2010 after a party caucus.

In a text message, Comval Lakas party provincial chairman Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy said that “it is still too early” in reference as to when the party decision would be handed down to resolve the Ramil-Maricar row over who between them becomes the Lakas standard-bearer.

Vice Gov. Gentugaya in separate text message confirmed on Monday that no party decision yet has been made on the issue.

In a news report November last year Uy was qouted as pledging that the Lakas party would convene a caucus to resolve the issue that has already become a major party headache while there has been no competition among partymates in the District 2 congressional post currently held by neophyte Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong.

District 2 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, father of Maricar, is serving his last term at present.

Both Gentugaya and Apsay have still one more term for reeelection in their respective posts.

Gentugaya is a kin of Uy by Chinese blood while Cong. Zamora has been a political ally of Uy.

Sources said that the issue has already tried to rock the unified Lakas party about two weeks ago during a meeting of provincial party leaders for the Uswag Comval, a local political aggrupation being pushed by the governor.

Sources said that at one time during the affair when Cong. Zamora introduced his daughter as the incoming congresswoman to affix her signature to support Uswag Comval, former Cong. Prospero Amatong stood up and said it would be Ramil as the next congressman of District 1.

The elder Amatong is a voting member-emiritus of the Comval Lakas provincial directorate.

Earlier, Uy said that both “stand in equal footing if the choice is baeed on the Lakas party rules”. He did not not enumerate the rules.

He said it would be the Lakas provincial directorate which would decide the official bet for the post. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


Posted in maricar apsay, ramil gentugaya with tags , , on September 25, 2008 by cha monforte

Potential congressional bets form shadow slates

The much-touted political unity of incumbent leaders in Compostela Valley especially in the District 1 is continued to be threatened with the reported formation of “shadow slates” of both Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, who both earlier confirmed to run for the congressional post by 2010.

Sources said that recently both of the camps, although feigning to be friendly in public gatherings, have recently formed their respective “shadow slates” in the scenario of break-up of the merged Lakas-Kampi administration party in choosing the standard-bearer for the post that is being finished for serving by the last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora.

The shadow slates that have been much-talked of have divided the incumbent boardmembers and mayors in the district.

Earlier, Boardmembers Dexter Lopoz, Neri Barte and last-termer Armando Codilla and Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes and Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina Sr were reported to be supporting the congressional bid of Gentugaya.

Apsay on the other hand has reportedly got Boardmember Paul Galicia, former Maragusan Mayor Arsenio Yanong and former Boardmember William Andres in the initial list for her “shadow slate” while taking the support of Montevista Mayor Teofista Jauod and last-termer Compostela Mayor Reynaldo Castillo.

In this scenario, both Gentugaya and Apsay might end up fielding non-Lakas rivals in towns where they have no support of incumbent mayors.

As this developed, reports said that in Compostela town opposing councilors are reportedly blocking the plan of Mayor Castillo of getting a P35-million bank loan for an infrastructure project for his last term.

Reports said that the tiff involved councilors allied with the former Vice Mayor Joerge Rapista, who was defeated in 2007 for mayoralty bout with Castillo.

Sources also said that current Vice Mayor Jesse Bolo, who ran in tandem with Rapista in the last polls, had already pledged as Lakas member, but is entertaining to run for a mayor still if he would not be endorsed as official mayoral bet of the administration party.

Bolo, for becoming a Lakas member, becomes the most senior incumbent official who could claim for the administration’s mayoral bet but sources said that Cong. Zamora has not been endorsing Bolo yet for the post even in jest during public gatherings where both were present.

Sources also said that the influential councilor Dolfo Ang is also aiming for the mayoral post if Rapista would run with him as his vice mayor.

Otherwise, Ang would run as vice mayoral bet of Rapista if the latter decides for a comeback, sources said.

In the last polls, Castillo and Rapista had only more than 1,500 votes between them as a margin.

Councilor Haidee Suarez is also reportedly eyeing the mayoral post.

On the other hand, Mayor Castillo because of health reason is now contemplating to run as vice mayor than as vice governor especially after provincial officials have not earlier given support to his plan of running as vice governor, sources added.

But sources said that since Bolo is not being endorsed yet by Cong. Zamora and the latter is the Lakas district chairman, the congressman might have the mayoral post for himself as the administration’s party standard bearer with Castillo as his vice mayoral bet

But that scenario might pull a hometown decision of voting a mayor really coming from Compostela, sources told Sidlak.

Zamora’s town is Monkayo while he has his congressional office on his three terms located at Compostela, which he considered as his second hometown. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Zero ‘pork barrel’ for DavNor BMs for 2009

Posted in gov. rodolfo del rosario with tags , , , , on September 24, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 23

The Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved yesterday the province’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2009 without an item Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which has been looked up as the pork barrel fund of provincial boardmembers just like the first year in the administration of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

Boardmember Roger Israel, despite moving for the approval of the AIP yesterday, ostensibly expressed drawn-out regret for the absence of PDAF for boardmembers and vice governor and prayed that they still be given for it next year from other sources and re-aligned items of the chief executive.

Sources said that Gov. del Rosario when he won for his present term had stopped the practice of giving PDAF amounting to P500,000 per year to boardmembers as what had happened during the time of his predecessor Gov. Gelacio Gementiza.

But Boardmember Jose Recarido Federiso, an advocate of participatory governance, on the other hand, reminded anew his colleagues to put the AIP to proper consultations with the people starting at the grassroots level, the barangays and puroks “so the people could express their sentiments” on government plans.

The AIP, which is a compendium of identified projects, was just submitted last week to the SP after a joint meeting with relevant committees and department heads.

A government project could not be funded and implemented without being listed in the AIP otherwise it is illegal under the law.

On the other hand, sources said that the Compostela Valley provincial boardmembers had accordingly concurred with the move of Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy of not giving them PDAF since the first year so that their PDAFs could instead be funded for high-impact infrastructure projects like the school buildings and roads.

During the time of former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero, the Davao del Norte’s PDAF came in the budgetary item, financial assistance to the SP. It was popularly dubbed as Rural Development Fund (RDF) which mimicked the congressman’s Countryside Development Fund (CDF) or later the PDAF.

During Caballero’s last term, each boardmember and the vice governor shared P1 million and P2 million yearly direct allocations, respectively, with each half of it treated as grants and donations in accounts in the legislative department. It was directly disbursed passing only the vice governor’s approval.

Later the Commission on Audit disallowed the RDF directly disbursed without the governor’s approval which ended one boardmember to the Ombudsman for allegedly giving it to fictitious dead and sick constituents.

The former governor justified that he was giving RDF as show of magnanimity and understanding to fellow incumbent politicians who had been faced with a lot of solicitations and requests from constituents using thousands of reasons ranging from cradle to grave. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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)

NEWS: Congressional positioning tiff brews anew in Comval

Posted in maricar apsay, prospero amatong with tags , , , , on August 12, 2008 by cha monforte

The silently running positioning tiff between Compostela Valley Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maria Carmen “Maricar” Zamora- Apsay has reportedly brewed anew in the first district’s political teapot on the eve of the Sal’lupongan Festival of New Bataan town.

The Gentugaya and Apsay have both declared in public their interests to take a crack for the congressional post which would be up for grabs once the latter’s father, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora finishes her last term by 2010.

Last Saturday, a tarpaulin-made streamer with the joint festival greetings of Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, Gentugaya and Apsay was surprisingly hoisted down by unidentified persons in the afternoon.

It was hanged at the poblacion’s tennis court.

The streamer’s hoisting down fueled instead political speculations as town sources said it cast a difference as in the past town’s occasions townfolks would normally see the governor, vice governor and the congressman for their joint greetings.

The streamer that was hoisted down appears to have Apsay taking the stead of his father.It has words “senior board member” emblazoned under Apsay’s photo.

Earlier, the governor had described Ramil as “most senior than Maricar” in apparent reference to the edge of the vice governor over the boardmember in terms of position and length service as elected provincial official.

Ramil became a full-pledged Lakas member in 2001 while Apsay became one only in 2004.

But also earlier the governor had accordingly told political allies he had “prior commitment” to the Apsay, sources said.

During the last July 21 turnover of Lakas provincial chairmanship from provincial elder Prospero Amatong to Uy, the latter was quoted as saying “nobody would be left out” in the merged Lakas-Kampi party.

In that same occasion, Amatong had called partymates to protect the party unity from intrigues from within and outside the party adding that party unity demands one to make personal sacrifice.

Amatong had also said that for the political unity to be preserved within the party “we have to follow the party process” referring to the Lakas-Kampi’s policy of the equity of the incumbent, which appears to favor Gentugaya.

This early, the positioning moves of the two congressional wannabes appear to be a divisive political wedge that is giving difficult straits to the governor who is interested to preserve the political unity he forged which swayed even the influential Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes.

Sources said this early Brillantes and Maragusan Mayor Cesar “Loloy” Colina, a big pop cola dealer in the province, are already throwing support to the congressional bid of Gentugaya.

On the other hand, Apsay is getting full backing from his father, who is reportedly interested to run as mayor in Compostela, his second hometown.

Yesterday, the town’s Sal’lupongan Festival successfully ended with both Gentugaya and Apsay and Department of Labor regional officials though gracing its culmination rite.

Sal’lupongan is a fusion of the native words salu, which means get involved and lupong, which means solidarity.

It was the 3rd weeklong fest of the outback municipality of New Bataan which again drummed up its rich agricultural products, chiefly the banana, coconut and ginger. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)