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NEWS: Movement for Change in Comval D1 launched, endorses Lopoz for Cong

Posted in comval officials with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by cha monforte

jun lopozATTY. JUN LOPOZ

oct 28

The Movement for Change (MFC) in the District 1 of Compostela Valley has been launched and its convenors strongly endorsed the congressional bid of Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz as its “chosen alternative leader who can ably represent for the ideals and principles it advocates to bring first, change in the brand of politics in the district”.

“The great challenge of the people in our district now is to how to propagate the politics of change as replacement to the politics of the few, politics of promises and politics of tradition and patronage,” said Virgilio Iligan, a pastor in New Bataan during MFC’s launch Saturday at RTR Building in Compostela town.
“Let’s get serious in treating elections. It’s not good to give fun to it, and for all we know the promises of politicians after they were elected have not yet reached to our barangays until now that we’re already near to the next elections,” said Rading Velayo, also a pastor from New Bataan.
The group pinpointed that the province despite being so rich in agriculture and gold its people badly reel from the leading problems of hunger, poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities for livelihood and education.
“In the field of politics, what emerge now is the traditional politics and politics of the few. Our people have been made to be used to the politics of entertainment mixed with patronage politics,” the MFC convening manifesto stated.
“A few want to control political power and they maneuver that no one will fight against them in the coming elections. They want to monopolize political power while political dynasty-making is being pursued. In their bid to retain and control political power, the few use money, temporary services, influence, threats, intimidation and armed coercion. They want to enchain the people to their political decision,” the MFC manifesto stated further.
At least 50 leaders from various sectors converged and adopted the the MFC’s three core principles consisting of volunteerism, standing up for change and right to elect.
In response, the group vowed to work and campaign for the “politics of change” that addresses the leading problems of hunger, poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities for livelihood and education.
MFC lead convenor Bonifacio Rivera said that they would have to actively campaign to gain thousands of volunteers across sectors and barangays districtwide “for the ‘lider sa pagbag-o’ si Atty. Jun Lopoz”.
The group is targetting to bring to MFC’s fold the youth, women and mothers, farmers, labor, workers, small businessmen, miners, professionals, religious, non-government and people’s organizations, agrarian reform beneficiaries, drivers and operators, teachers, senior citizens and community leaders. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Joecab: it’s “either, or” pa rin

Posted in comval, cong. rommel amatong, gov jose caballero, gov. chiongkee uy comval, joecab with tags , , , , on April 25, 2009 by cha monforte
Political smoke rising in Comval
april 8
Former Compostela Valley Governor Jose “Joecab” Caballero has said that as usual he is contemplating at press time to “either for governor or for congressman”.
In a phone call answering a query in a text message, he said that “everything is not definite yet” adding that it is dependent on “things that are still so much in fluid” in vague reference on his planned bid in 2010.
He said that either he would square off with reelectionist Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy whom he has not yet fought in the past elections, or “pwede ring balikan (make a return bout) with second district Congressman Rommel “Bobong” Amatong.
Political kibitzers this time are saying that in whoesoever Caballero would fight it out could surely make a big run for his money since the latter has still a remnant following despite the reported swaying of Lakas incumbents over Caballero’s leaders.
They reckoned that whoever is Joecab’s rival would have to spend at least P30 million to defeat the governor adding that though Caballero would still lose but his rival would have to spend such big amount, making Caballero like a hot potato both of Uy and Amatong.
Caballero under Kampi party was overwhelmingly defeated by Cong. Amatong in the last 2007 polls while his daughter suffered the same fate by Gov. Uy of Lakas party.
Caballero at present has a running blocktime radio program “Joecab Express” over Radyo Rapido based in Davao City in the mid morning from Monday to Friday.
The program usually tackles more legal issues with the former governor, who is a lawyer, sharing his legal advises to text senders.
But at times Caballero and his co-anchormen dashed out political potshots such as that the express vehicle Joecab was driving was enroute to the Capitol, “byaheng Capitol”, or they tackled issues about Uy’s administration.
His co-anchormen are Davao City-based broadcasters Kiking Quimpan, Lyndon Catulong and Leo Villareal.  (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Nabunturan councilor-anchor files libel suit vs. municipal planning officer over broadcast in new FM station

Posted in atty carlo ancla, comval, freddie coronica nabunturan, mayor macario humol, nabunturan, nabunturan councilor alfoson "jun" tabas, prosecutor II Alona Labtic with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

COMPOSTELA VALLEY- Nabunturan town councilor Alfonso “Jun” Tabas Jr. filed Tuesday a libel case against one municipal planning and development coordinator Freddie Coronica stemming from a broadcast in a government-paid program over a new FM station in town DXPA 103.1 on January 24, 2009 when he attacked Tabas with a mouthful of allegedly scathing libelous remarks.

Tabas is a blocktime anchor of the same station and a known broadcaster here who ran independent and won a councilor’s slot in the last 2007 polls. He is known to be oppositionist to last-termer Mayor Macario Humol.

Tabas complaint was lodged to and docketed by the provincial prosecutor’s office with NPS No. XI-01-INV-09B-0002/9 Tuesday afternoon.

In his complaint received by prosecutor II Alona Labtic, Tabas stated that Coronica allegedly attacked his reputation during the radio program “Padayag sa Nabunturan” by calling him words as “kagawad Tigbas (a hack)”, “kagaw… kagaw sa katilingban (germ), “baboy… irong buang, askal…asong ulol” (pig…mad dog)”, “attack and collect, defend and collect (AC-DC)” broadcaster, “may pagkadakung mota (has big mote in the eye)” and “nagpakaulaw na sa SB (he put the Sangguniang Bayan to shame)”.

Coronica was guesting in the local government-paid blocktime aired on that date at around 6:30 A.M. when he talked about the P90-million bond flotation project of Humol administration, which is as press time being questioned by Tabas and other oppositors in court.

Tabas stated in his complaint that to vindicate his honor as public official, pastor of Missionary Baptist Church and as an active member of Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), he was forced to engage the services of a counsel and paid an acceptance fee of P50,000 to his lawyer.

Tabas stated that that he was executing the libel as criminal case with the reservation of filing administrative cases against the same respondent in other bodies, ostensibly the Ombudsman and Civil Service Commission.

Tabas’ complaint was supported by affidavit of witness Hernanito Clet, a personal assistant of Tabas who claimed he made audio recordings on the program anchored by municipal information officer Jennifer Echavez and guested by Coronica.

DXPA 103.1 had just started broadcasting last December and is owned by former Congressman Prospero Amatong and his family. With its 1,000-watt power capacity, it accordingly reaches its broadcast to as far as portions of Davao City , Mati, Davao Oriental and Agusan del Sur.

Meanwhile, reports said that earlier before Coronica’s recorded lambasts Tabas had castigated for several times Mayor Humol, Coronica and other municipal personnel and officials in his own daily morning radio program “Katin-awan”.

Tabas is defended by lawyer Carlo Ancla.

Respondent Coronica would still have to execute his answer to the complaint before the office of the provincial prosecutor would weigh and rule whether Tabas libel complaint would to be dismissed or not. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Political year

Posted in alleged sportivo scam in davao del norte, boardmember artemio san juan, comval, cong way kurat zamora, davao del norte, gov. chiongkee uy, governor rodolfo del rosario, tagum with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

We’re definitely on political times down the road. Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said it so Monday during a Kapihan. On the broadside, he described the spread of malicious text messages on the alleged Sportivo overprice scam as one political intrigue, even while he dared the unknown cabal to come out into the open and then prove and substantiate allegations. Veteran and seasoned Igacos politician, Boardmember Artemio San Juan has no reservation in saying that this year is when intrigues will fly thick and fast.
Good for Gov. RDR and BM San Juan. They said what should be expected. Recalling back during the gubernatorial reign of Joecab in Comval, this is the same time of his last term term when he got an ultra-filibustering and obstructionist majority of boardmembers led now Gov. Chiongkee Uy. Joecab’s executive budget was re-enacted for the majority’s intentioned failure to approve. On a hailstorm of allegations vented by Joecab’s oppositionists over the media, new budget approval was snagged while the issue of pork barrel for direct disbursement by the legislative department landed on COA’s frying pan. The cooked menu was named disallowance.
That was history though but preluding Joecab’s electoral defeat. The lesson learned is that towards halfway of a term is already a political season and politicians have to start politicking in the open. It’s now time to cast that phrase out, “malayo pa ang eleksyon, trabaho muna.” It’s no-no now. Such is good for the last year. The pundits are after all right. If outsiders and challengers could not make a dent in the public mind later this year, they could not break even with the incumbents considering the latter’s administration advantages. January 2010 is time for premature electioneering already.
So with this, the choice of Comval Lakas to make this month, January as the time to decide whether the congressional standard-bearer is Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya or congressman’s daughter Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay is just right and fitting. At least the one who is left out by the party has still the time to jump to opposition’s ship and dovetail with the national opposition presidentiables and senatoriables. That way he or she could still have plenty of time to organize a districtwide or provincewide political structure and machinery.
The case of former Davao del Norte Gov. Yayong Gementiza is an exemption. He was shoved out from Lakas on the rather eleventh hour, two months before the 2007 elections, while he was the sitting governor. When he jumped to United Opposition, it was not late as he had all the provincial activities and government manpower and logistics served for his reelection. But RDR had more logistics, men, media, bailiwick, techniques and organization than what a personalistic Yayong could muster for a win.
The Big Ramil-Maricar Problem of Comval Lakas is different. If it’s BM Maricar now, then VG Ramil is shunted out from provincial-sponsored activities and mass gatherings from this month up to the election ban time as it would be a duty of of Gov. Uy in the tandem to expose and promote Maricar as his runningmate. VG Ramil could still invoke his inclusion being a VG to whatever provincial activity but it would be a sneaky one, if not a cat-and-mouse affair- he’ll appear first onstage while Maricar is still away and coming.
But that’s still an iringan win-win solution while VG Ramil holds his ground as a Lakas member banking on the possible free zone stance or lobotomy of Uy on the last hour. But it’s better for VG Ramil to jump ship to the opposition on this scenario as he has his own logistics and two mayores and the people’s opposition temper on the waiting to favor him. But a longstanding-Lakas member Ramil to the opposition? It’s too unlikely, but just maybe.
On the other hand, if the choice is VG Ramil, the same scenario would hold true to the provincial activities except that BM Maricar is a lesser political mortal for constant isolation. The big problem is that she has a card, in fact a wild card who could throw a money wrench to Lakas in Comval Uno- Cong. Way Kurat Zamora, a stage-, propa- and gimmick-savvy and most popular politician in Comval, while he has three mayores at his side. Which could trigger a chain reaction to District 2, and voila- provincewide! Being that, Cong. Way Kurat is good opposition material and a potential regional opposition chairman, from whom funding flows in the likes of Joe Tejado during Erap’s presidential running in 2001 elections.
But a Way Kurat to the opposition? He who delivered over 13,000 votes margin to GMA over FPJ in 2004 elections and who consistently participated in slaying the four impeachment complaints against GMA? It’s still likely since GMA has already been repaid by Way Kurat’s votes. Bayad na. A plain citizen Way Kurat could have the best potential of becoming a cabinet member, chairman or undersecretary of a national agency under a new President coming from the opposition. On this good scenario, Way Kurat has nothing to lose even if Maricar loses. But he has more to gain if Maricar wins. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, for comments and reactions, text 09069104553, e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com)

OPINION: Forget Sto. Tomas and Nabunturan cityhood

Posted in bayugan agusan del sur, cabadbaran agusan del norte, comval, davao del norte, mati davao oriental, nabunturan, nabunturan cityhood, sto tomas davao del norte cityhoo, sto. tomas, tandag surigao del sur. requirements of cityhood with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by cha monforte

BLOGISTA
By Cha Monforte

nov 20

There was that buzz last week that the cityhoood in Nabunturan is forthcoming. Was it another diversionary stuff for the P90-million bond flotation that the town’s administration pushes to be implemented? (The bond float pushers are now respondents to an injunction case filed by representatives of people initiative petitioners in town. We’ll not touch this for now at the risk of being held in contempt of court). But sadly, for Nabunturan, the cityhood isn’t really coming (so with Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte) since the Supreme Court the other day struck out the 16 new cities including the near Mati in Davao Oriental, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Tandag, Surigao del Sur. They’re now back as municipalities!

Forget the costly hoopla and celebrations when these towns became cities via Congress and not via the requirements of the New Local Government Code. What now magistrates, when the “city” officials have been already called as city mayores, city vice mayores and city konsehales? Throw into the garbage cans their calling cards, stationeries, and discard the new  “city” logo and seal, or put white-outs to the word “city” in the birth and marriage certificates of those who were born and who married during the time when Mati, Bayugan, Cabadbaran and Tandag were still called as “cities”?

In declaring the 16 cityhoood laws unconstitutional, the High Couirt pointed out: “The Constitution is clear. The creation of local government units must follow the criteria established in the Local Government Code and not in any other law. There is only one Local Government Code. The Constitution requires Congress to stipulate in the Local Government Code all the criteria necessary for the creation of a city, including the conversion of a municipality into a city. Congress cannot write such criteria in any other law, like the Cityhood Laws.” It’s really a big sorry for our four neighboring towns.

The trouble with their city conversion was that they had their congressmen sponsored their respective cityhood bills when their annual income had not yet hit the P100-million mark. They asked for exemption for it and the Congress granted. That’s via legislative fiat.

Really, forget the congressmen unless they sponsor for the further revision of the New Local Government Code (LGC) and not file bill through the short-cut, backdoor route. You see there’s that ultra-resistence from the cities as the SC’s nullification came from the court case filed by the the league of cities. They, like Tagum City, just don’t want more towns to become cities to eat with them the big IRA allocation for the cities.

But now the real route to cityhood is the New Local Government Code, as amended. Through this, the 3 requirements are needed: 100 square kilometer land area, 150,000 population based on the latest 2007 census and P100 million annual income. Nabunturan has 245.26 sq. kms land area, check. In 2007 census, it has only 67,365 population, fail. By next month, the town’s real income is still less than P100 million as the P40-50 million is still a planned borrowing for the bond float. I said it before, at the very least, the town could only hit the 150,000 population mark in 15 years.

Monkayo is more dejado since it already has the land and income requirements. If Mayor Manuel Brillantes is wise enough, he’ll have to lobby for the correction of the wrong boundary line of Comval’s north and Monkayo gets big chunks of population of Laak, and the Agusan del Sur towns of Santa Josefa and Veruela, and presto, it immediately qualifies to become a city. In 2007 census, Monkayo has 90,971 population.

What’s in a name? Nabunturan town can still function like a city without a city tag if has all the amenities, facilites and services well in place for its residents to live in comfort and convenience. Unfortunately, the town administration of Mayor Macario Humol has apparently been lacking of efforts in delivering good, potable water for the poblacion residents. This, for one gauge alone. (For online edition, visit my blog at: https://cha4t.wordpress.com, for comments and reactions, e-mail: chamonforte@yahoo.com, or ruralurbanews@yahoo.com)

NEWS: Kabir, a political animal no more- Comval Pagro

Posted in comval, comval news, dr. rolando simene comval pagro, ex-governor joecab caballero, gov. chiongkee uy, provincial elder prospero amatong with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 20

The kabir chicken that former Compostela Valley Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero had then been massively reproducing and dispersing in droves of thousands to the farmers in the province is political animal no more under the administration of Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.

In an interview, provincial agriculturist Dr. Rolando Simene said that the provincial government is no longer dispersing kabir but only maintaining about 400 kabirs at the Lamdag center for breeding with the local bisaya and other chicken breeds for experimentation.

He said that Uy remained committed to develop further the sprawling 97-hectare Lamdag agri-eco-tourism center of the provincial government at Pasian, Monkayo.

He added that the governor is actively pursuing to develop more the fresh milk production from the buffalo stock at the agricultural center in view of the melamine scare in the country.

In early 2000s Caballero started the development of the Lamdag center which was then lying as idle, neglected provincial farm barn since when the province was not yet separated from Davao del Norte.

There was one time that the former governor was named by the monicker “Cabirero” by his oppositionists including the present governor, who was then serving as the senior boardmember during Caballero’s third term.

Uy before becoming a boardmember ran but was defeated by the recent birthday celebrator last Saturday, provincial elder Prospero Amatong during the 1999 toss up for the district 1 congressional post. They had only a margin of over 1,000 votes in the election where Uy was then allied with Caballero.

Earlier reports said that Caballero would be running for a “comeback either-or”, meaning either as congressman in District 1 where he was defeated by Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong in the last polls, or as governor.

This developed as reports also said that District 1 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora is also entertaining to run as governor in the province, besides eyeing to run as mayor in Compostela town.

If Joecab’s comeback is realized, he would no longer have thousands of kabirs in his hand. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: People’s initiative petition filed vs. LGU P90 M bond flotation in Compostela Valley town

Posted in councilor raul caballero, mayor humol with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by cha monforte

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley- The people’s initiative petition seeking to repeal the controversial ordinance approving the P90-million bond flotation project of the municipal government of this town was finally filed to the local sanggunian Wednesday.

The bond flotation seeks to fund for the construction of a new public market building.

The Nabunturan initiative petition runs as the first test case in the exercise of people’s initiative in Mindanao as provided by the Constitution while only a couple of cases have been reportedly made in Luzon.

The petitioners led by Councilor Raul Caballero were composed of the authorized representatives of the petition, youth leaders, and representatives of public market vendors, who have since been apprehensive of being dislocated once the project is materialized.

Antonio M.I. Mencidor, one of the authorized representatives of the petitioners, said that their petition is not meant to obstruct development but stop the extravagant, exorbitant and expensive bond flotation project.

He added that the municipal bond float was rejected even by the town’s Local Finance Committee for its “uncertain terms”.

The petition seeks to repeal Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 which approved the P90-million bond flotation pushed by Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and eight of the eleven town councilors.

Also opposing the project are Councilors Alfonso Tabas Jr and Editha Arangcon.

Lead counsel of the initiative petitioners is Atty. Dexter Lopoz.

Petitioners stated that under Sections 120, 121 and 122 of the Local Government Code of 1991, local Initiative is resorted to or initiated by a minimum of 100 registered voters of the municipality directly in order “to repeal a clearly oppressive and grossly disadvantageous local ordinance which if not repealed will result to great wastage to taxpayers’ money, dissipate the coffers of the local government unit and more importantly, displace hundreds of market vendors from the said facility resulting to loss of income, loss of jobs and grievous economic injuries to the ordinary citizens of Nabunturan”.

They charged that “the nature of bond flotation with its floating rates of interest plus the numerous underwriting, trusteeship, guarantee and consultancy fees (all of which are recurring expenses save for the one-time consultancy fee of P2,700,000.00), the actual cost of bond flotation and its ensuing operations cost cannot be fully ascertained”.

They stated that compared to bond flotation, a loan from a Government Financial Institution (GFI) has the “cost of borrowing properly stated and easily provided in the budget” aside from the fact that “easier terms can be negotiated with the depository bank”.

They charged that as found out by the LFC during the two (2) years while the public market is under construction, the LGU of Nabunturan will already spend P39,600,000 on interest payments alone as compared to only a projected total interest payments for GFI borrowing at P30,933,750 for the same period of time.

For among these, the petitioners charged the “whopping P9,000,000 difference in interest payments making the bond flotation project prove to be grossly disadvantageous to the government”. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com