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RDR’s turncoatism and the lull

Posted in anton lagdameo, cong. tonyboy floirendo jr., Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR) with tags , , , on January 8, 2010 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

dec 21

It’s completely no surprise that Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario jumped ship from the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD to Liberal Party. To recall, weeks before Gov. RDR’s defection last month, word already spread that the governor would follow suit to his son Anthony Rafael (AGR) to LP’s lap, and yes he led in that great bolting, carting a good chunk of mayors and other elected officials including Tagum City Mayor in the District 1. In the district, the governor already carved out good name as a political kingpin even while District 2 remains to be the known bailiwick of the Floirendos (read: former Cong. Tonyboy) with Cong. Anton Lagdameo.

We must be clear on this. Gov. RDR months before, in the words of his son, who is now running for congressman in the first district, was suddenly replaced as national treasurer of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and as party’s regional chairman. In the latter, he was replaced by Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon. In short, RDR, we surmised, fell out from the good graces of Malacanang (read: GMA), and afterwards, in the words of one boardmember, “he has been harboring ill feelings about his demotion in Lakas leadership hierarchy.”

That was the prelude of things before his son AGR earlier resigned as Lakas member mi September and actively campaigned to support Senator Noynoy Aquino’s bid to presidency.  With that, we then speculated that AGR was just an advance party of the governor to the opposition although midway before this bolting there was that annoyance about RDR’s endorsement of presidential ambition of former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane. Talk was that the governor endorsed Ebdane in his way of lobbying to the Palace for the fast-tracked completion of the Talaingod-Bukidnon road, but then it flickered out as soon as Ebdane resigned from his post to make true his plan of running for the highest position of the land (But now he is running for governor in his home province of Batanes).

But quite surely “RDR is not used to being in the backseat in the politics of the province, he’s always in the front seat since then,” another boardmember told me referring to what has been talked about by pundits that the governor might end up holding an empty bag on the big scenario that, knowing that the governor’s son is treading stray from the administration’s path, the Floirendos might end up officially calling the shots for Lakas-Kampi-CMD for the entire province and not RDR as the “alleged provincial chairman of Lakas” (in the governor’s very own words told before me in an ambush interview). We thought midway that he would insist rooting to be with “Lakas origs” peopled by ex-President Fidel Ramos and ex-Speaker Joe de Venecia but such stance was nipped in the bud by the Comelec’s ruling giving a go-signal for the merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

What now after RDR’s siding with the opposition about half a year before the May 2010 elections? His turncoatism just reinvents himself, his politics. For so long a time that he has been rooting with the traditional politics of the Establishment since the 70s, except his reported covert support to Ramos close to the homestretch in the 1992 elections while he first paddled the canoe for Monching Mitra, and now he has a shining moment of unraveling himself a little not too late and a little not too soon to finally side with the opposition. Was it because he has no more Tadeco to protect? “It was not my own but a collective decision,” he offered a caveat.

But it is still a rose no matter what you call it. By turning true yellow now from the blue, red and white or from the rainbow colors of the administration’s coalition, RDR finally morphed into a gallant foot soldier of the opposition in the province shaking off his old politics of always rooting with the administration and thus now he is wanting to demolish the politics of the Establishment that he has been closely imbedded in for lengthy four decades.

It was then a recipe of confusion when son AGR first floated, after he was healed following a seven-month bout with cancer, that he was neither with the administration nor with the opposition when he declared he would still run for congress. But it was more than another seed of discord fanning the reported long running family feud if the ex-Ms. Universe Margie Moran did not back out from the gubernatorial race, for the two political kingpin families in the province would both have to spend much against each other in the coming polls.

But in the end, the silencing of both now, with RDR and Cong. Lagdameo running unopposed and with AGR’s virtual admission to Congress given a very weak congressional rival, who has long been an absentee in the district, only shows that blood is really thicker than water as much as it unveils that lesser political mortals in the province are as much subject to the political strings held on hand by their respective masters even if they are pitted against each others in what could appear as proxy electoral battles. That, while the victories of the political masters are much assured at the end of the day. But the question that arises now is: will RDR really dig in for Noynoy while his pamangkin by affinity Cong. Anton is showing to be a rapid Lakas fanatic? In the coming campaign period, we’ll know that. Meantime, it’s Christmastime and there’s seeming lull in the political front after that COC filing.

BLOGS AND BITS: Davnor Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio sees that their LP team is formidable, with the presence of Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy. But the vice gov added: “wa lay lubotay”. Baby is opposed by gov-less vice gubernatorial candidate, Boardmember Roger  “Dangpanan” Israel …. Two lawyer Lopozes are running for congressmen- Atty. Jun Lopoz, the eldest, in Comval Uno, and Atty. Rex “Tata” Lopoz in Comval Dos. Atty. Jun is seeking Change, while Atty. Rex charges that his rivals- Cong. Rommel Amatong is a “great burgis” and former Gov. Joecab Caballero is a “great trapo”…. Davnor Cong. Arrel Olano was accordingly sandwiched and cornered making him run as independent Lakas vs. Mayor Uy vs. Yayong Gementiza. He was accordingly prevailed upon by Gov. RDR so as not to throw a monkey wrench to his alliance with Uy, who is a known close friend of ex-Cong. Tonyboy Floirendo. Expect a good three-corner mayoral fight in the Tagum City …. But wait, not to be discounted is retired police investigator Cesar Cuntapay, the mayoral dark horse among pundits. That makes it a four-corner fight…. In Nabunturan, the formidable tandem of mayoral bet Raul Caballero and vice mayoral bet Ago Maglana has emerged. They have also a powerhouse slate for councilors in the Comval capital town…. Monkayo Mayor Jun-Jun Brillantes is unopposed, so with Gov. Chiongkee Uy and Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya. The three are emerging political triumvirate in the next political tempo in the province after the polls, as Cong. Way Kurat Zamora chose to retire himself to assure victory for his daughter Maricar in the three-corner congressional bout. Maybe yes, maybe no as Atty. Jun Lopoz, the Liberal Party standard-bearer, is fast inching his way to the nooks and corners in the district, organizing, while the controversial ex-police officer Cesar Mancao is accordingly fast giving his bucks around…. In the end, Cong. Amatong has to spend much- in millions- and not Gov. Uy if only to defeat the still bankable ex-Gov. Joecab, who chose to run for congress after a long time of saying “I am either (for gov) or (for cong) pa rin”.

NEWS: Chiz Escudero riddles Davnor politicians

Posted in cong. arrel olano, gov. rodolfo del rosario, mayor rey uy with tags , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 17

Davao del Norte provincial and city officials faced baffling scenarios from Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero when he personally visited them yesterday at the Capitol, Mankilam, Tagum City.

Senator Escudero was the guest speaker for the Philippine Judges Association in the evening in Davao Davao City but he made first a side trip in Tagum City to personally visit and consult politician friends.

He made baffling riddles about the real opposition in the county citing the flip-flopping record of several wannabes for the top post in the country.
He named potential presidential bets as Senate President Manny Villar, Mar Roxas, Panfilo Lacson, and even former President Joseph Estrada.

“Sino ba talaga ang tunay na oposisyon?”asked Sen. Escudero.
He just recalled past records of presidential wannabes flip-flopping in their past dealings with the Macapagal administration.
Present in friendly roundtable exchange of friendly talk at Tahanan building at the provincial Capitol complex in Mankilam were Davao del Norte Rodolfo del Rosario, Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy, District 1 Cong. Arrel Olano and others.
They were cheerfully dumbfounded of Escudero’s presentation on past record of flip-flops of the said presidential wannabes. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Give what is due to Cesar

Posted in cesar cuntapay, tagum overtaxation with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

Newly chosen Tagum Press Ombudsman, businessman Cesar Cuntapay doesn’t think so  that the city will be much affected by the current global financial crisis.  In his point of view as the chair of a consumer’s group in the city, he said that “Tagum can stand on its own feet”. He said that this is seen in the way the city taxpayers are religiously paying their taxes with subservience even under the high and so much taxation schemes of the city government. “They are left with no choice except to pay taxes,” he said.

Cuntapay visibly equates the city consumers he wants to protect to the paying taxpayers. He must have been bedazzled by a question from the local press. He has the right to say that, but isn’t taxes meant for the good of the people? So that we could have so much funds for development if we could squeeze further the people, especially the cheating businessmen to pay their right taxes to the government. Just give what is due to Cesar- he has a right to still open his mind now when the electoral mood is forthcoming- it’s almost December, regardless that he lost in his crack for the congressional post the last time. But I find many of his opinions to be ranging from rational to practical if not- cool huh?

Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario during the last time he blamed the pole-vaulting growers with harsh words -short of saying dah gigabaan lagi mo! – was optimistic that the province could be spared by the global depression for being a largely agricultural province. Our provincial economy is not much tied to the workings of international banks. This is a blessing although when the Press Secretary Jess Dureza said we have to prepare for the storm, he might have meant that the storm would come in seeing our share of OFWs returning home in droves to be with us by Christmas or early next year when their employers could no longer withdraw their deposits as banks abroad close shop and stock exchange markets tumble one after another.

We pray there would be no alien, strange repercussions to our local economies by the next movement of the present world in fear of depression worst than the last one in the 30s. Like what if what our vast banana markets abroad would be affected by the present financial storm, and domino effects would sooner come threatening to crash down our Davnor and Comval banana plantations to smithereens? In such unwanted spectre, our tens of thousands of banana workers will be thrown out from their jobs and livelihood, massive hunger would come, high crime index would further rise while the banana barons and growers, pole-vaulting and non pole-vaulting alike, will lose their dollar income sources. In such doomed afterthought, the fortress Tadeco collapses as well as the banana exporting firm that remains to the del Rosarios will go banana. Then banana economics determines Davnor politics. What if the global storm barrels through the world out here with two political kingdoms made out from the rubrics of bananas? I’m facing a blank wall on this except on new realignment of political forces and a changing of political landscape in the province, our number 1 banana exporter. (For online edition, visit my blog at: