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NEWS: Judge Clapis subpoenas DoF, DBM experts for say on P90 M bond float

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On TRO, injunction vs. Nabunturan bond flotation
nov 13

NABUNTURAN- Regional Trial Court Judge Helarion Clapis here has ordered yesterday to send subpoenas to the regional offices of the Department of Finance and the Department of Budget and Management for their experts to testify and give opinions as neutral parties on the P90-million bond flotation project of the municipal administration which town oppositors seek to stop through court action.

Bond float oppositors last Friday filed at RTC-Branch 3 here last Friday a court case praying for injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (TRO) against respondents Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and Councilors Iluminada Cabuga, Darwin Tan, Edilberto Minoza, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Trinidad, ABC president Alfredo Manalop, sectoral representative Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan president Jennifer Gamao.

Not included in the case were also oppositionist councilors Raul Caballero and Editha Arangcon.

Complainants of the case and authorized representatives of the people’s initiative petition were Councilor Alfonso Tabas, Jr. Emilio delos Reyes and newsman Cha Monforte.

The case filed was docketed as Civil Case No. 898.

The respondents have answered yesterday their comment and opposition to the case following Monday’s summons of Judge Clapis for them to enter appearance within 15 days from receipt of summons.

Only Minoza and Gamao were not present in yesterday’s hearing.

They were represented by their counsels prosecutor Ferdinand Villanueva and provincial prosecutor Graciano Arafol.

On the other hand, the complainants’ counsels were Atty. Rex Lopoz and Atty. Carlo Ancla.

In yesterday’s first hearing on the injunction with TRO, following hearing of arguments that a took a little over an hour, Judge Clapis said,  citing Rule 58 on the rules of court on injunction and a “limited knowledge of this court” on bond flotation such as about its fees and costs and how it affects the people of Nabunturan, “there is a need to issue subpoenas” to DoF and DBM “to testify and inform this court on the effects of bond flotation, whether or not it would be for the benefit or disadvantage of the people”.

He said that the court has the power to impose an injunction to a government unit if there is a need for “special probationary remedy to correct an error”.
He said there is a need for experts from neutral parties and not those coming from local parties on the bond flotation to enlighten his court whether he would issue an injunction or not.

He ordered his court sheriff Rene Suarez to serve the summons to DoF and DBM today and scheduled the next hearing Thursday next week, Nov. 20. (Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Minority councilors call for new public hearing on P90 M bond float

Posted in nabunturan councilor cheryl asion, nabunturan councilor cheryl trinidad, nabunturan councilor eddie minosa, nabunturan councilor editha arangcon, nabunturan councilor iluminada cabuga, nabunturan councilor jun tabas, nabunutran councilor raul caballero with tags , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 29

NABUNTURAN- The minority councilors opposing the controversial P90-million bond flotation of the municipal government managed yesterday in their session for the backtracking of the steps the majority councilors by putting anew for questioning the project and its feasibility study and particulars with the participation of the municipal accountant.

Opposing Councilors Alfonso “Jun” Tabas and Raul Caballero got their motion approved to call in municipal accountant Gilda Savellano in their next session by Monday to give her opinion on the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the P90-million municipal bond float that would fund for the construction of a new public market building.

Savellano, a member of the Local Finance Committee, accordingly has preferred a loan option and not the bond flotation which in the earlier LFC recommendation tagged as more costly and has uncertain terms that could potentially run havoc to government yearly budgeting.

Surprisingly, pro-bond float councilor Eddie Minoza, LFC chairman, suddenly moved for the deferment of the discussion of the TOR.

But Councilor Tabas was quick to call for a new public hearing on the TOR, that for the recent three sessions including yesterday has been sought for approval by the majority.

The consensus of six present deliberating councilors was reached to put it on public hearing although the presiding officer Councilor Iluminada Cabuga was insistent to put the TOR on “thorough discussion”.

Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin was not presiding as he reportedly graced an affair at the municipal gym for being the town’s OIC Mayor.

Mayor Macario Humol was accordingly out of town.

Also present in yesterday’s session were pro-bond float Councilors Vivencia Secuya and Cheryl Asion, and also opposing Councilor Editha Arangcon.

The town’s oppositionists have charged the P90-million as exorbitant, extravagant and grossly disadvantageous to the government as spelled out in their running people’s initiative petition to repeal the ordinance approving the project.

Last week, the sanggunian majority denied the petition filed last Sept. 25 but petitioners bounced back by girding to prepare at press time to lodge the petition in higher phase at the Comelec level which they hope could finally result to a people’s referendum to decide the fate of the controversial project. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews/

NEWS: P90 M bond float in Nabunturan being junked?

Posted in comgressman rommel amatong, cong. bobong amatong, councilor raul caballero, nabunturan mayor macario humol with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by cha monforte

Humol does not mention controversial project in town’s festival opening

oct 16
The controversial P90-million bond flotation project pushed by Nabunturan Mayor Macario Humol during his last term appears to be turning either a hot potato, otherwise it appears to be junked as local officials never mentioned a single word of it during yesterday’s opening of the town’s 14th Simballay Festival.
In his keynote speech, instead Humol drumbeat on his administration’s recent accomplishments such as the P13-million integrated agricultural center in 5.6-hectare municipal land at Barangay Saosao where the farmers’ training center building and new slaughterhouse were inaugurated yesterday before noon after the parade and program at the municipal gym in the public market area.
He called on for continued unity of the people and prayed for paying of respect to one another.
He thanked Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, who was present, for the P1 million financial contribution from his congressional office for the slaughterhouse project.
Guests present during the festival’s opening included Dept. of Agriculture regional director Roger Chio, provincial senior executive assistant Belo Melendres, who represented Gov. Arturo Uy, who was accordingly on barangay sortie at faraway Panganason in Pantukan, and other municipal officials.
Humol however capped his speech with parting words, “what we have started must be completed.”
He finally recognized in public the donation of Councilor Raul Caballero of an ambulance unit to the municipal government, twice thanking the latter in his speech.
Caballero donated an ambulance he got from his South Korean friends for humanitarian purpose last May and for almost five months now the unit is still being held at the town’s motorpool and is prevented from running as the majority in the council including Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin allegedly did not want it to run “due to politics”.
Clarin and Caballero have been reported to be both aspiring for the mayoral post by 2010.
With the holding on of the ambulance, it was even prevented from running during the July 3 bombing of Park and Go bakeshop which killed three persons and injured 14 others.
It was strange that the donee Caballero, who only wanted to realize one of his campaign promises, was even lengthily questioned by several collegues about the legality of the papers of his ambulance, “that’s why it is still not allowed to run,” said Councilor Alfonso “Jun” Tabas, another opposition councilor.
Yesterday, Caballero drove an ambulance with the same brand and looks to the one left in standby at the motorpool during the parade saying that it was meant for the public to know on the plight of his donated ambulance.
Also in yesterday’s affair, Clarin did not utter about the ambitious municipal bond float, which last Sept. 25 was formally opposed when about 200 petitioners filed a people’s initiative petition to the local sanggunian in their bid of having the controversial ordinance approving the bond float directly repealed by the people pursuant to the pertinent provisions of the New Local Government Code of 1991.
Petitioners led by Caballero charged that the P90-million bond float is exorbitant, extravagant and grossly disadvantageous to the government.
Amatong yesterday announced he would be infusing P15 million for roads in Nabunturan and other infrastructures in Nabunturan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Town anti-bond flotation group ready to file people’s initiative petition

Posted in nabunturan with tags , on September 24, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 22

The group that has been opposing the controversial P90-million bond flotation project of Nabunturan municipal government is now ready to file its people’s initiative petition before the Sangguniang Bayan after it managed to secure signatures of more than 200 registered voters in town.

In an interview, Antonio M.I. Mencidor, one of those authorized to file the petition complaint, said that the anti-bond float oppositors will file anytime this week to the SB their petition which seeks to repeal Municipal Ordinance No. 2008, that authorized the P90-million bond flotation that would fund for the construction of a new public market in town.

The project has been actively pushed by Mayor Macario Humol who is supported by Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and eight of the 11 councilors.

Opposing the project are Councilors Raul Caballero, Alfonso Tabas Jr. and Editha Arangcon.

Under the New Local Government Code, a local initiative can be initiated or resorted by a minimum of 100 registered voters in the municipality to directly repeal an ordinance.

The Nabunturan bond float oppositors charged that the said municipal ordinance is exorbitant, extravagant, oppressive and grossly disadvantageous to the government.

In case the SB fails to act or disapproved on the petition within the time required by law, the oppositors have no option but appeal and petition the Comelec, which if it finds the petition meritorious will then set a date to put the petition in a referendum of all voters in the municipality, Mencidor said.

At the latest, the pro-bond float councilors enacted a supplemental budget last month providing an item for “P40-million borrowing”, which had confused the oppositors on why the municipal government would be resorting to borrowing when the local administration has all been telling that the bond float would not engage in a loan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


Posted in nabunturan bond flotation with tags , , , on August 14, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

We’ve heard lately that several among the pro-bond flotation pushers in Nabunturan have already run out of reasons in justifying the exorbitant and extravagant P90-million public market building. Instead of rebutting squarely the project-bounded issues from the growing number of oppositors to the bond float that would only construct an excessively expensive market building, which would surely become a White Elephant, they have hoodwinked the people by the false reasoning that the Nabunturan cityhood could not push through if the SOB bond float could not be materialized. Santa banana!

We’ll pick this latest falsity on the discussion board. It’s clear as the sky that the Nabunturan would never be converted to a city now and in the near future. Reason: it fails on two of the three requirements of converting a town to a city. Nabunturan’s total income from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and local sources runs over P80 million only versus the required minimum of P100 million. Failure one. Based on the latest official census in 2007, Nabunturan has only 67,365 versus the required minimum of 150,000. Failure two. Only in the land area requirement does Nabunturan meet. The town has 245.29 square kilometers versus the required 100 sq. kms.

Simple statistics just cast a pale of doom to the bloated claim of Nabunturan officials that it is leading to a path of cityhood. The biggest obstacle of Nabunturan cityhood lies in its lacking population. Even if we take a greater annual population growth rate of 2.5 percent instead of its 2.3 percent, and by a progressing cumulative projection, the town population can only hit the required 150,000 by 2040 or 32 years from now. But since there’s this geometric behavior of the population to increase, we take Malthus seriously and cut by half my projected 32 years for Nabunturan to hit 150,000 persons. But in this still Nabunturan needs 15 years of waiting to become a city, at the very least.

Another selfish reason that stymies the cityhood bid of my hometown Nabunturan is the resistance of the existing cities to the conversion of towns to become cities as they don’t like seeing newcomers competing to bite for the IRA pie allocated for the cities. The existing cities and even the newcomers like the fortunate Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte and Bayugan in Agusan del Sur which became cities just this year and Mati in Davao Oriental in last year fear that if there would be more cities to come, in the end they would be munching smaller slices of the IRA pie.

With this, it is understandable now that the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has been fighting tooth-and-nail for the stoppage of city conversion in various fronts: lobbying the President to veto an approved cityhood bill, to Congress for a resolution declaring moratorium on cityhood bills and increasing conversion requirements, and going to the Supreme Court to ask for restraining orders to stop towns from holding cityhood plebiscites.

With this LCP selfish and strong resistance, it’s another waste of government resources and time for the Nabunturan officials to go into Lakbay Aral or study tours on cityhood or go into lobbying faraway national corridors of powers in Imperial Manila. And given the glaring population obstacle Nabunturan has or the lengthy years needed to hit the 150,000 population mark, it’s one great falsity to make the Nabunturan cityhood a crying reason of the bond flotation pushers. It seems they are now going bankrupt of their justifications and alibis for this all-too ambitious project that is doomed from the start.

For this cityhood false reasoning, we have this adage in vernacular: “Atika ang tatay mo, ayaw ko” (For online edition, visit my blog at: