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Congressional wannabes not to sit back and relax

Posted in roger m sarmiento, tagum, tagum sp, way kurat with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by cha monforte

If the charter change (Cha-Cha) via the constituent assembly (Con-Ass) will finally fly on the wings of federalism, on the assumption that the businessmen, civil society groups and Catholic bishops, and various opposition groups as well as the 2010 presidentiables from the Senate could not put up a united front like what they had made for several times during the time of Ramos, Erap and Gloria, chances are it could throw a monkey wrench to the political ambitions of front-running politicians in both Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.

On the assumption that Cha-Cha via the Con-Ass is made, adding one more term to the presently allowed three terms of a congressman, then both the third-termer DavNor 1st District Cong. Arrel Olano and Comval 1st District Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora could still run for their last reelection. And since both of them belong to the Lakas party or the merged Lakas-Kampi party, by the equity of the incumbent principle, it’s they who would be bagging the standard bearer of the administration party. Such bodes ill to the ambitions of DavNor congressional wannabes. Likewise, Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay would have to stop their mutual back-biting and conveniently seek for their reelection. All’s well that ends well. 

But sadly or happily, the Ramil-Maricar silent positioning feud will continue. On the other hand, the eyes of a member of the divided politico-economic clan or of the DavNor vice governor, otherwise the one who kept on losing in elections out from his faded glory that came after his involvement in Piatco scandal or of the Dangpanan who never was,  will continue to be trained on what Olaño would be leaving, as from our vantage point it would be so hard these days of skyrocketing prices for the President to realize her pipedream of effecting a Cha-Cha without sparking a so noisy backlash and juggernaut of the opposition, not least the presidentiable senators who do not want an overstaying President blocking off also their pipedream of becoming the country’s next President.

We think this new Cha-Cha call is another charade flouted by the administration in accomplishing at least two purposes: showing its irritation to the snagging of the peace agreement by the fiat of Supreme Court’s action, and putting a new smokescreen to the obsession of the President Arroyo to reach the end of her term by 2010. At least a new breathing spell can consume again a lengthy period especially so that our district congressmen are expected to return to be with us again from the comforts of their Manila offices for the consultations on Cha-Cha via Con-Ass for federalism maybe this week or two weeks for now.

It would be bad for the congressional wannabes in DavNor and Comval to just sit back and relax in taking ride of this new Cha-Cha pretense. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Congressional positioning tiff brews anew in Comval

Posted in maricar apsay, prospero amatong with tags , , , , on August 12, 2008 by cha monforte

The silently running positioning tiff between Compostela Valley Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maria Carmen “Maricar” Zamora- Apsay has reportedly brewed anew in the first district’s political teapot on the eve of the Sal’lupongan Festival of New Bataan town.

The Gentugaya and Apsay have both declared in public their interests to take a crack for the congressional post which would be up for grabs once the latter’s father, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora finishes her last term by 2010.

Last Saturday, a tarpaulin-made streamer with the joint festival greetings of Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, Gentugaya and Apsay was surprisingly hoisted down by unidentified persons in the afternoon.

It was hanged at the poblacion’s tennis court.

The streamer’s hoisting down fueled instead political speculations as town sources said it cast a difference as in the past town’s occasions townfolks would normally see the governor, vice governor and the congressman for their joint greetings.

The streamer that was hoisted down appears to have Apsay taking the stead of his father.It has words “senior board member” emblazoned under Apsay’s photo.

Earlier, the governor had described Ramil as “most senior than Maricar” in apparent reference to the edge of the vice governor over the boardmember in terms of position and length service as elected provincial official.

Ramil became a full-pledged Lakas member in 2001 while Apsay became one only in 2004.

But also earlier the governor had accordingly told political allies he had “prior commitment” to the Apsay, sources said.

During the last July 21 turnover of Lakas provincial chairmanship from provincial elder Prospero Amatong to Uy, the latter was quoted as saying “nobody would be left out” in the merged Lakas-Kampi party.

In that same occasion, Amatong had called partymates to protect the party unity from intrigues from within and outside the party adding that party unity demands one to make personal sacrifice.

Amatong had also said that for the political unity to be preserved within the party “we have to follow the party process” referring to the Lakas-Kampi’s policy of the equity of the incumbent, which appears to favor Gentugaya.

This early, the positioning moves of the two congressional wannabes appear to be a divisive political wedge that is giving difficult straits to the governor who is interested to preserve the political unity he forged which swayed even the influential Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes.

Sources said this early Brillantes and Maragusan Mayor Cesar “Loloy” Colina, a big pop cola dealer in the province, are already throwing support to the congressional bid of Gentugaya.

On the other hand, Apsay is getting full backing from his father, who is reportedly interested to run as mayor in Compostela, his second hometown.

Yesterday, the town’s Sal’lupongan Festival successfully ended with both Gentugaya and Apsay and Department of Labor regional officials though gracing its culmination rite.

Sal’lupongan is a fusion of the native words salu, which means get involved and lupong, which means solidarity.

It was the 3rd weeklong fest of the outback municipality of New Bataan which again drummed up its rich agricultural products, chiefly the banana, coconut and ginger. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Ramil confirms bid to run for Congress

Posted in ramil gentugaya with tags , , , , on August 3, 2008 by cha monforte

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Compostela Valley Governor Ramil Gentugay has confirmed reports that has been circulating and heard even by well-wishers during Thursday’s fiesta of Monkayo town that he is running for congressman in the 1st District by 2010.

“Since the position of the congressman is open in the upcoming election, I am making myself available to the possibility, “ he said.

The vice governor has for several times shied away from the local press to elude answering the query of whether he would be taking a crack for the congressional post since the recent weeks after the Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay went ahead declaring her own to be interested to get the post of his third-termer father Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora.

Over two weeks ago in at least two public gatherings attended by barangay officials and Cong. Zamora’s scholars, Apsay had made known early her bid to run for the district’s congressional post.

Instead, Gentugaya was quoted as saying it was still too early to talk for his running. He was always seen to be accompanying Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy in various barangay visits and public gatherings. “It’s all for official functions, trabaho muna tayo,” the vice governor once said.

Last month, the governor was quoted as saying that “Ramil is most senior than Maricar” although sources said Uy also often talked to his allies that “he had prior commitment to Maricar”.

Sources said apparently the governor is in a difficult situation in breaking an early impasse on where to side in a brewing contest between Gentugaya and Apsay as both now have publicly made known their interests for the congressional post.

In the Lakas-Kampi party’s rule on the equity of the incumbent, Gentugaya appears to be the rightful party member who is most senior in terms of position and number of terms. He has four terms earned since 1999 as provincial official, two of which as vice governor. Apsay has only two terms as regular board member since 2004 and one term as Sangguniang Kabataan federation chair in the undivided Davao del Norte.

Ramil became a full-pledged Lakas member in 2001 while Apsay became one in 2004.

But Apsay has the full backing of his father, who is completing his last term.

Cong Zamora is reportedly gunning for the mayoral post in Compostela town where he established his congressional office cum second residence after his Monkayo residence since his first term in 2001, while lobbying his daughter to become the next district’s congresswoman.

“Everytime Way Kurat is in Compostela, he sleeps there,” a town resident said.

Last July 21 during the turnover of the Lakas provincial chairmanship of former Cong. Prospero Amatong to Uy at Nabunturan, the provincial elder Amatong spoke before party officials and partymates saying at once that the political unity in the province should be protected from intrigues coming from among themselves and that unity demands one to make personal sacrifices.

Uy in that gathering on the other hand had declared that nobody would be left behind in the merged Lakas-Kampi party that he is now heading. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)