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OPINION: Political orphans

Posted in davao del norte governor rodolfo del rosario, former vice gov anthony del rosario, hodgskin lymphoma cancer, vice gov, victorio suaybaguio with tags , , , , on February 15, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

There are talks that Davao Del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario might do the thinkable: retire from politics as he’s already on his waning age- 76. Naughty pundits, nay those skeptics in the treacherous world of politics, now say that in perhaps seeing the present fate of his son heir-apparent Anthony Rafael, the good governor, like any father would react to a beloved son infirmed, may have been feeling distraught over a possible loss of his dream that someone from his children would take on his shoes and follow the footsteps that has led him to achieve a great and illustrious political career in a long timeline spanning three decades.

When he shed tears when son AGR ultimately announced in PDCC meeting that he is stricken with Hodgskin Lymphoma cancer in Stage 3 development, the governor’s act of wiping his eyes left a most vivid image most heart-shattering that added to the gloom of the most surprising news that reverberated so loudly beyond the halls of Capitol at Mankilam.

True, Gov. RDR has been there – in the ups and downs of the larger politics of this country and surely he’s one known political figure in Mindanao watched and tapped by various administrations. The apex of his politics was when he became the minister of environment department. At present, he remains a political force to reckon with despite the loss of his economic influence in the corporate boardroom of the mammoth Tadeco and Anflocor management. In this side of the country he is the regional boss of the party in power- Lakas. But the unexpected truth that stares at the great Davao del Norte leader is the possibility of losing a successor who comes from his own blood at a time when he’s on his waning age now.

The report that on few occasions the governor had hummed in to his political leaders that he might leave them might have been made only by their boss out of a slip or in jest, perhaps it was even cracked as a joke. But such unconfirmed report mirrored a possibility in human realm. But a mayor didn’t think so Gov. RDR would leave them to become political orphans, not at a time after his son AGR made a political exit, although this is being contested now by AGR’s name recently being carried in banners of provincial activities. Last week, an un-dated open letter was released by the Office of the Governor thanking for the prayers and various expressions of support given to AGR, who had already passed two chemotherapy treatments, the latest of which was February 5.

RDR’s retiring from politics even without AGR in his stead and place is also a thinkable option, the mayor I interviewed to opine acknowledged. But among other possible, thinkable options, the governor would not be leaving without leaving his post and other vital posts in the province under the care of the other members of his kapamilya- the politically active and emergent Floirendos and Lagdameos, and to his valuable political allies like Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio. The reported conflict between the Floirendos and Del Rosario would ultimately be resolved, especially now with the present fate of AGR. In the end, “blood is thicker than water”, the mayor said.

BLOG AND BUZZ: There’s also talk that RDR’s top hatchetmen managing the Capitol are so overprotective to their governor that their actions at times put those in the legislative department in angry mood to them or they put a distance to the governor and those in the legislative department. They should have made second thought before making a cordon to the governor, otherwise the cordon becomes tightrope on where the governor walks…. When the governor is walking in a tightrope, they should and could not afford to lose allies. Or the hatchetmen also become political orphans on the prospect that allies would desert their recognized leader by the rope of alienation they put in between …. Who’s this alderman who has la affair with another woman? He was seen before Valentines Day going out from the B.I. Maybe the man was just a look-alike (For online edition, visit my blog at:, for your comments and reactions, e-mail:, watch and listen – hourly newscast in “Tagum Newsbreak” over WTV 11 channel at Skycable Tagum, and broadcast over DXPA 103.1 FM , 11:00-11:30 AM, Mon-Fri)

NEWS: RDR hints no Floirendo running against him

Posted in AGR, gov. rodolfo del rosario, rdr with tags , , , on October 5, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 3

Hopes Cee O not to jump to opposition

No problem in Lakas-Kampi unity of incumbents in Davnor

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR) has hinted yesterday there would be no Floirendo after all who would be running against his planned reelection bid.

In a roundtable discussion with local mediamen after the opening activities of the local Press Freedom Week celebration yesterday, the governor is seeing that as things now stand there would generally be no problem and kink in the unification of the incumbent officials under the merged pro-administration Lakas-Kampi party in the choice of standard bearers based on the equity of the incumbent principle in the entire province.

He said that in the entire province the merger of the Lakas and Kampi proceeded without a hitch in Davao del Norte saying that the equity of the incumbent principle is favorable to the incumbents in the first place.

But he admitted that it is only in position to be vacated by the last-termer officials like the congressional post of District 1 Cong. Arrel Olano that is a potential source of trouble of the party as it is considered to be “open” for a crack to everybody in the party.

He opined likewise of the same to the post of outgoing last-termer District 1 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora in Compostela Valley, where Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay are positioning for it.

He said that in the latter case in Compostela Valley “magkagubot gyud na” knowing that both aspirants are still second-termers in their respective positions.

Last week, the governor’s son and former Vice Gov. Anthony del Rosario (AGR) has confirmed to run to Olano’s post by 2010, while the governor himself declared to be seeking for reelection weeks ahead to AGR.

In same roundtable discussion, Gov. Del Rosario said that he hoped that Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy will stay with Lakas and not jump to the opposition “so there would be no trouble” in the political unification of the incumbent and reelectionist incumbent officials.

The mayor earlier welcomed the governor’s over a million-worth project to the city, saying he is with Del Rosario, but former Gov. Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza said he would be running against Uy the more if he is with Del Rosario also.

Moreover, RDR said that in cases of conflicts over the contested open position the party would settle it by narrowing the selection of the standard-bearer candidates first through a survey which would eliminate the “kulelats” and finally through a party convention.

He said though that party convention is “sure road to division” saying that ambitious contenders would still do the running and citing the case of then presidential candidate Fidel Ramos who still ran for President after losing in the party convention by Ramon Mitra.

He added the Lakas-Kampi merger has been smooth in all the provinces in Region XI and including Davao City unlike in other areas where the “merger is next to impossible” and it is not even talked about these days.

This developed as Saklak sources said that under the no RDR-Floirendo electoral skirmish, first-termer District 2 Cong. Anton would either given the opportunity to have his second term without the post being reclaimed by his uncle former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., who would continue taking charge of the Floirendo’s vast Tadeco and other businesses, or Cong. Anton will be vied for Panabo mayorship while while Tonyboy reclaims his old congressional seat.

Sources added that Panabo Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. is presently being “junked” by the Floirendo and Lagdameo, who accordingly preferred to have Vice Mayor James Gamao in their company during public gatherings of the congressman like what had happened during the launching of Lagdameo’s Barangayanihan TV program three weeks ago.

But there is also a prospect of former Mayor Rey Gavina coming for a comeback for mayorship in tandem with reelectionist Gamao, his brother in law, with the support of Floirendo and Lagdameo, sources said.

In the run up of 2007 polls, Floirendo claimed that Del Rosario had formed Kampi slates in two cities and all towns in District 2 of Davao del Norte which battled head-on with Floirendo’s Lakas bets.

Before that polls Floirendos and Del Rosario engaged in wrangling over the governorship post which later led to the separation of Del Rosario from Floirendo’s businesses late last year. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)