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NEWS: Igacos VM to run vs. Antalan

Posted in ANIANO ANTALAN, davao del norte, Igacos, ORLY AMIT with tags , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 20

Island Garden City of Samal Vice Mayor Orly Amit has confirmed that he would be running under a “yellow group” against reelectionist Mayor Aniano Antalan saying that the island “deserves to have another one” and “considering the mayor’s age and health condition”.
Amit, a first termer vice mayor, speaking in yesterday’s Kapihan sa Kapitolyo media forum at the media center in Capitol, Tagum City, said claimed that an ealier meeting attended by former 2nd District Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr and Cong. Anton Lagdameo and some island political leaders had drewn out a consensus of having him run as city mayor “in tandem with Antalan”.
Antalan, Lakas stalwart, could not yet be reached for comment at press time.
The vice mayor said that he had been running in previous polls as opposition bet and that while he won in the last polls as Kampi candidate over the candidate supported by Floirendos, he still maintained his “respect to the Floirendos”.
The Floirendos with Lagdameo are traditionally acknowledged to be District 2 political kingpin with their mammoth Tadeco plantation in Panabo and Sto. Tomas towns commanding at least 25,000 votes.
“I thank for the Floirendos but I need to listen to the voices of the people… It’s hard to refuse people who are millionaires, I maintain my respect to them, but people in the island clamor for change,” Amit said.
Amit’s declaration that he would be running under a “yellow group” has fueled speculations among observers in the province that the Floirendos would be girding into a polical fight comes election time against Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who on Wednesday jumped ship to Liberal Party.
A mass oathtaking of District 1 political leaders led by Gov. Del Rosario to the Liberal Party took place in Tagum City Wednesday with vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas officiating. Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy also took his oath as new LP member.
Sources said the LP oathtaking for the District 2 would come next.

As this developed, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in the District 2 would accordingly have its oathtaking of members today at Carmen town, after which they are expected to attend attend in the birthday bash of today’s celebrant Tadeco’s grand old man Antonio “White Hair” Floirendo Sr.
Earlier, Cong. Lagdameo reminded incumbent officials in the 2nd District in a meeting that they would be sticking it out with the administration’s Lakas -Kampi-CMD and its presidential bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.
Observers have speculated that both the Floirendos and Del Rosarios, who position as District 1 kingpin, would put up their respective lineups of candidates in the municipal and provincial levels including the congressional slots against each other in the two districts in what could appear this early as a feverish Lakas vs. LP encounter in the coming 2010 polls. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Tagum cops’ localized anti-terror plan OKd

Posted in 23832680, Digos, Igacos, panabo, Police Chief Inspector Eleuterio Hernando, retired Judge Erasto Salcedo, tagum police with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by cha monforte

aug 4

The Tagum City Council on its session Monday approved the localized anti-terror and anti-criminality incident management plan of the city police.
Police Chief Inspector Eleuterio Hernando said before the city council that the IMPLAN is localized action plan of the city police in combatting all forms of terrorism and criminality within the city jurisdiction involving barangay-based participation down at the grassroots’ level.
The IMPLAN while stemming from the national mandate and current campaign of the Philippine National Police put localized approaches as different areas vary in police action plans to one another, he added.
“It serves as our legal basis in organizing peace and order structures such as the barangay-based action teams and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) in enhancing our intelligence capacity,” he said.
“We need it approved as we do not know when terrorists would strike in our city,” he said.
The police officer bared that Tagum City PNP has a current strength of 94 police personnel guarding a population of 250,000.
Councilor Reynaldo Salve, however, said that the IMPLAN needs to respond to the perrenial problem of the lack of manpower of the local police and urged to heighten police visibility citing the “unabated crimes in the city” and the killing of retired Judge Erasto Salcedo at the parking area of Tagum City Sports Complex at Barangay Canocotan last Saturday at around 4:40 p.m.
PCI Hernando said that the there were policemen some 150 meters away from the cockpit when Salcedo was gunned down “but we just don’t know whether it (killing) would happen” even as he admitted that the city PNP force lacks police personnel.
Vice Mayor Allan Rellon said that the city council would make comparative study to determine whether the city has not been complimented fairly by the PNP hierarchy with policemen compared to the cities of Panabo, Igacos, Digos and others before they would request for an augmentation of police force.
An unidentified gunman approached and shot Salcedo several times and fled with another companion on red motorcycle with no license plates, police said.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines and members of the judiciary and legal community have been condemning Salcedo’s killing and called police authorities to arrest the killers.

As of press time, the local police is on the thick of their investigation on Salcedo’s killing. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)