Archive for Governor Arturo Uy

Gov. Chiongkee: “Mining firms should pay excise taxes to host LGUs”

Posted in Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy with tags on December 25, 2010 by cha monforte

Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2010

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy has stressed anew that the constant interest of the Compostela Valley provincial government with regards to Diwalwal mining has been aimed at getting more taxes to benefit the Comvalenyos even as he called on the national government to always include local governments and officials in coming up national decisions for the good of the Diwalwal mining area.

In an interview with the Valley & City Chronicle, he said that particular and immediate flashpoint issue arises when portions of the mining area are bidded out without the provincial and local governments getting shares of excise taxes from mining production.

He added it would not certainly sit well with local governments when winning big mining companies just directly mine Diwalwal and only pay and repatriate tax payments in Manila without the host province getting even a single centavo of excise tax earning.

Likewise, he said that even in the area of addressing social problems in the province’s mining areas “the national government should always include us” as shunting the local miners out from decisions and resolutions that affect them “would have them again agitated”.

Last year, the governor already lamented over that while mining firms have been earning from the province’s natural resources, they have been paying excise taxes directly to the national government.

Earlier, Diwalwal miners have been e stirred anew over the bidding issue involving both the areas above and below the 600 above sea level as pushed by the Philippine Mining Development Corporation which manages the Diwalwal mining area. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)




NEWS: Maricar plays coy to her unofficial anointment for Congress

Posted in Compostela Valley Boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay, former District 2 Cong. Prospero Amatong, Governor Arturo Uy, monkayo mayor manuel brillantes, vice governor ramil gentugaya with tags , , , , on May 8, 2009 by cha monforte

Brillantes lauds Ramil’s decision of not running vs. Maricar

april 28

Compostela Valley Boardmember Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay is visibly playing coy to the unofficial anointment of Governor Arturo Uy supporting her longstanding congressional ambition of taking the place of her congressman father who is serving his last term in the province’s District 1 post.

Apsay said she would be issuing her official statement this week on the backtracking of Lakas partymate Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya from running against her in the 2010 polls if the latter would already have his official statement.

But as she is playing coy on the matte that has had become divisive to the unity of incumbent Lakas leaders in the province, Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes said a text message, “I appreciate the decision of the vice governor. That would seal the unity in Comval.”

For her part, she said in text message”: “I will issue my official statement after the official statement of the vice gov. I don’t want to preempt.”

But Gentugaya confirmed in reply text message sent to this reporter last Saturday: “Yup, vice gov pa rin, hangyo Gov. Chiongkee nga ubanan nako siya sa province (Yup, I’ll run for vice gov again as Gov. Chiongkee asked me to join with him in the province).”

Last Wednesday, the governor said that Gentugaya unofficially heeded him to go for his reelection and not run against Apsay, whom her father Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora has long been rooting as his replacement.

This even while the 10-man Lakas provincial directorate that includes former District 2 Cong. Prospero Amatong and his son Cong. Rommel have still to meet and decide on the issue on who would be the party congressional standard bearer by second week of May.

The governor also said that Gentugaya would still issue his official statement on his decision the matter this week adding that the vice governor would still consult his family on his decision. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Ramil not on atras-abante mode on Comval Cong bid

Posted in boardmember maricar zamora-apsay, Compostela Valley Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya, Comval politics officials, former District 2 Cong. Prospero Amatong, Governor Arturo Uy with tags , , , , on April 17, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

april 7

Compostela Valley Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya has denied report that he has been swirling lately to be either stepping up or stepping back from his longstanding plan of taking a crack to the congressional post of District 1.
vice gov ramil gentugaya
“As before I have the same stand to run for Congress if I get the (Lakas) party’s endorsement,” he said in vernacular in text message.
Word is up from sources from Lakas party in the province that unlike in Gentugaya’s active seal to run for the post in last year he has been observed to be already entertaining to put on hold his congressional ambition and just seek for reelection in his current post amid the stepped up party call to preserve the much-hypped up “Comval Unity”.
This as his closest possible contender Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, daughter of last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, remained to be often declarative and vocal and not hiding her desire to run for Congress in many public gatherings.
Late last year, Cong Zamora claimed that his daughter was groomed by the Lakas party national directorate for her eventual making as the party standar bearer for Congress due her participation to several leadership trainings sponsored and funded by the Lakas national directorate headquarter.
But early this year in a meeting of Uswag Comval, a provincial political aggrupation composed of the same Lakas partymates headed by Governor Arturo Uy, Gentugaya was once egged out by former District 2 Cong. Prospero Amatong not to chicken from his congressional plan after Cong. Zamora introduced Boardmember Apsay as the upcoming congresswoman in his district.
Apsay and Gentugaya have still one term for reeelection in their respective present posts.
The choice between Gentugaya and Apsay has been seen as a potential leading cause of division and possible break up of the Lakas party in the province.
The choice of congressional standard bearer was said to be decided by the Lakas provincial directorate composed of Uy, Zamora, District 2 Cong. Rommel Amatong and his father Prospero as voting member emeritus, Gentugaya, Apsay and four other municipal mayors, who are all party committee chairmen.
Observers said that both Gentugaya and Apsay race closely for a tie of votes of the voting members of the provincial directorate, and what remains crucial is the vote of the presiding chair Gov. Uy, who will break the tie in such case.
Last year, pundits supportive to Gentugaya claimed that he was the most senior party man for the position being the vice governor, but the camp of Zamora-Apsay rebutted that the District 2 congressional post by 2010 elections is considered to be vacant and that the Lakas rule on equity of the incumbent is not applicable since it has no incumbent reeelectionist.
But meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said that Uy and Zamora were supporting the bid of Senator Manny Villar to run for the country’s President.
Though Villar could possibly be the Palace choice if his Nacionalista Party could coalesce with the dominant administration’s Lakas party and he could manage to outbid the administration’s current leading Lakas presidential contenders Noli de Castro and National Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr, Uy and Zamora as Villar supporters could be facing a problem sustaining the drummed up unity of political leaders in the province if Villar is thrown out to be still with the opposition.
Uy earlier said that the Uswag Comval was formed so they could have a free hand in choosing whom to support as the next country’s President.
He was reported last year to have not liked the scenario of having Vice President Noli de Castro as the Lakas presidential standard bearer. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)