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“Envelopmental politics” raised on PCL elections, P15T, P20T given to “80 councilors” to vote for Gavina?

Posted in boardmember allan dujali, boardmember janet gavina, boardmember janrey gavina with tags , , , , on November 4, 2010 by cha monforte

Aug 19-25, 2010

Who owns the three P1,000 bundle wrappers left at Room 17 of Lakan’s Hotel?

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Imprints were left, regrets were raised and words on alleged vote-buying spread across and up to the Capitol a few days after the holding of the Philippine Councilors League in Davao del Norte last August 13 at the posh Lakan’s Hotel and Inland Resort in Tagum City.

Boardmember Atty. Raymond Joey Millan, in casual talk with Boardmember Hernani Duco and some local mediamen, said that he heard that there were “40 councilors” who received vote-buying money before the election and not “48 councilors” as told by a broadcaster from Panabo City.

A broadcaster, Bogart Saliot said that he had earlier talked with a Panabo City councilor who showed him a text message that they had allegedly given money to “48 councilors” to ensure the victory of now PCL president and Panabo City Councilor Janrey Gavina.

Millan also said that he also heard that three wrapper bundle papers for P1,000 bills were also swept from “Room 17” of Lakan’s Hotel.

He added that he learned that a day before the election the money for the councilors “was already P13,500”.

But there was also a sketchy report about a white pickup vehicle parked in the hotel parking area that was approached by several councilors, one by one, and each was smiling or in visibly happy facial mood each time a councilor went out from the vehicle.

But a separate sketchy reports said that vote-buying money ranged to P15,000 to P20,000 for each targeted councilors, and that there were “many bagmen” operating in days close before the PCL election.

Another sketchy report though said that the money given was only P5,000.

The province has a total of 116 city and municipal councilors.

The City & Valley Chronicle tried to contact Gavina in his office at Panabo City Hall for comments but he was out. His female staffer named Bel gave instead her own cellphone number saying that she should first be sent with text message before to Gavina. Until press time, Bel has not yet replied to this paper’s request for Gavina’s comments.

During the PCL affair but before the election of officers, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo arrived and respectively spoke before the assembly of councilors.

The governor left before the casting of votes, but Cong. Lagdameo remained in the venue past the lunch and until the results of the election were known.

Reelectionist PCL president Helario “Larry” Caminero of Kapalong lost only by two votes to Gavina, in 55 to 57 votes in favor to the latter.

Caminero, being a Liberal Party member, was the governor’s bet, while Gavina of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD was Lagdameo’s bet.

The PCL presidency race was equated to be a contest between two competing political parties in the province, with the governor and Lagdameo being the provincial chairmen of the LP and Lakas-Kampi-CMD, respectively.

Observers have now deemed that with Janrey’s entry, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD has now “six votes” in the SP associated with the Floirendos and Lagdameo as represented by the two Gavinas, Boardmembers Duco, Dr. Daniel Lu, Ely Dacalus, and Dr. Fred De Vera, as compared to the LP and LP-allied “seven votes” associated with Gov. RDR as represented by Boardmembers Millan, Dujali, Antonio Lagunzad, Vicente “Enting” Eliot, Shirley Belen Aala, FABC president Demetrio Maligro, and SK federation president Dennis Cafe.

Dr. De Veyra though was merely “perceived to be Lakas”, while Aala is known to be close to former Congressman Tonyboy Floirendo Jr.

Millan and Eliot, on the other hand, are perceived to be loyal political soldiers of influential last-termer Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, who is also known to be a close friend of Tonyboy Floirendo.

Interviewed right after the PCL winners were sworn in, Cong. Lagdameo said that he stayed put in the venue until the results were known “to show my full support to Biboy Gavina.”

“Sana walang problema yan,” he added while expressing hope for the continued unity in the PCL. He also congratuled Gavina and the rest of new PCL officers.

But Dept. of Interior provincial director Gregorio Versoza, in a separate interview, dismissed allegations of rigged PCL election saying that “everybody was given a chance to witness the election that was held in the open.”

He said that there was no undue inteference on the part of the governor and Congressman Lagdameo whom he said “just observed the proceedings”.

It was Versoza who administered the oathtaking of the new PCL officers right after he declared Gavina and the rest as winners of the election.

During the privilege hour of last Monday’s session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Boardmember Alan Dujali (Panabo), while graciously accepting defeat of the LP in the PCL polls, expressed woe and regret over the reign of “envelopmental politics” that came to associate with the election of the councilors in the province.

In what appeared as a satirical speech, Dujali congratulated first and gave a salute to the campaign managers and operators who gave victory to Lakas and obviously reminded fellow LP councilors that the governor “personally campaigned” for Caminero for “party interest above anything else.”

“He campaigned to hold the line.. even saying wala tayong pera,” he added, and to just bring the good party principles of integrity without bribery and intimidation during the PCL polls.

Dujali said that they in the District 2 delivered though “defeated but not outfought” but he added that it was sad to say that some party members in the District 1 ostensibly in Tagum City failed to support Caminero even as he reminded them that the governor had been with them during those “trying moments” in the last May polls.

He added that despite the majority of the LP number among the councilors, Caminero lost “because he was betrayed by some fellow partymates.”

With this “serving as a lesson”, Boardmember Dujali then dared betraying LP partymates to “show us your true colors- either you are with us or you are against us”.

In the last part of his speech, he though welcomed Gavina saying, “welcome aboard”.

Dujali, an independent candidate in the last polls, was the only survivor in Lakas onslaughts in District 2 in the race for boardmember. He was though adopted by the LP as guest candidate.

Gavina was a no-show during his supposed first session last Monday. It was presided by Senior Boardmember Shirley Belen Aala, the acting vice governor with the current travel of Gov. Del Rosario in California to visit his ailing son Cong. Anthony Rafael del Rosario (District 1).

But acting Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr told  this paper last Monday he would have to administer an oath first to Gavina to be a new ex-officio member of the provincial board representing PCL on Monday.

Gavina was reportedly on the wake for the death of his grandmother Liwayway Gamao, mother of Boardmember Janet Gavina. The latter is Janrey’s mother.

Other PCL provincial top winners were Tagum City councilor Mylene Baura, secretary general, who was unopposed, Gabriel Eric Estela, treasurer, Nieljun Esdrelon, auditor, Donna Mae Baldonado, business manager, and Julie Montequilla, public relations officer. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

OPINION: The dark horse and the populist

Posted in boardmember larry caminero, boardmember roger israel, councilor joey millan, plc president boardmember helario "larry" caminero, tagum councilor vicente "enting" eliot, vice governor baby suaybaguio with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by cha monforte
By Cha Monforte

Boardmember Helario “Larry” Caminero has all the potential to be a congressman in the District 1 of Davao del Norte. At least that was one floated by others last week. But I say BM Caminero has first the qualifications- he came from the legitimate media, became a Kapalong administrator, councilor and now the PCL president in the province. He has also the winnability- only and only if all the municipal councilors will troop around him and dream they could produce a congressman of their own. Why not?
In the country’s elections, there are suprises and upsets. But it looks like these took place in different tempos. North Cotabato Greg Andolana, for one, had only little money from lawyering but he was carried by the waves of victorious opposition right after EDSA Uno uprising and had the backing of the Church people that made him a congressman. Andolana fought against an entrenched fortress of moneyed poliliticians in the late 80s and showed that with a galvanized people long revolted by the traditionalism and excesses of provincial power brokers one poor man could still win in a high public position. That was Andolana’s favorable epoch- similar to the springing up of Atty. Bal Sator as congressman then.

It was so long after EDSA Uno military-backed civilian uprising that Grace Padaca of Isabela in 2004 and Ed “Among” Panlilio of Pampanga in 2007 respectively captured the gubernatorial post against long-entrenched and moneyed political clans, no less than in the President’s home province in Among’s case. While they lacked a party and a well-oiled machinery to run a campaign, there was a groundswell of support from the people, who desperately sought a change in leadership. The good political fortunes of Cong. Way Kurat Zamora, former Gov. Joecab, and Cong Olano were etched in queer political milieu and tempo, but these need a another essay or two to bare.
But if a tempo that local legislators, the councilors who comprise 98 percent of incumbent elected officials could be made and they rally for their own congressman, BM Caminero has a chance to beat today’s current aspirants for the post- Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio and BM Roger “Dangpanan” Israel. This is the key in setting up BM Caminero as the dark horse for the congressional post in District 1.
But at the end of the day, it is still the people who should be awakened for ideals for them to rally for a good candidate who truly represents their plight and aspirations.
Then and now populism- seen in the common tao’s cry “gikan sa masa para sa masa”- has been a leveler factor for poor candidates against those coming from the rich and moneyed. Even if it’s made and spinned as battlecry, in the likes of the hit rapped up by Erap in his presidential run, the dominantly poor electorate are won over for the sight that they have one of their own running for a public office. Ours is representative democracy, and we need true representatives, not the representa-thieves.
Former Davao del Norte Governor Yayong Gementiza quipped in my recent interview that he had only the fermented tuba nga bahal when he was still a jambolero, a street-smart broker of agricultural products, to feast on with the masa when he defeated a young, popular UM Tagum professor Nick Suaybaguio Sr. for Tagum municipal mayorship in 1967. For being with the unwashed masa, Yayong’s political career keeps on flickering- even now, I suppose.
Last-termer City Councilor Vicente “Enting” Eliot, the one teased (condescendingly?) during sessions by lawyer Councilor Joey Millan, has been in a life of odors, dusts and gutters as a magbobote, but being “Mr. Botelya” is one sight the great unwashed masa in Tagum has been visibly proud of. No wonder they voted “Enting Magbobote” for a long-reigning barangay captain and a city councilor for three straight terms, besides the various presidencies of Church organizations he served from the mandate of pastoral and laymen’s flocks (Name it, he has it). For over thirty years now since the early 70s, Enting does buy and sell of bottles, bakal, plastics and other recyclable saleables for a living, from which his brood of six children have succesfully earned their respective professions.
No doubt, Enting’s livelihood on scrap through the decades allowed him to talk and immerse with the masa. That makes him different to Millan, who lawyers for the few landowners. Enting is not annoyed of the sweat and brawn of the laborers, who compose the backbone of Tagum’s economy. The populism that has long come to associate to Enting Eliot by his trade is his most competitive edge in politics. That did him already through the years as a populist politician.
That makes him also a sure replacement to one of the four vacant slots for boardmember in District 1 of Davao del Norte. Sources said that only BM Tony Lagunzad will be left for reelection as two BMs are going back for mayoral comeback, one is graduating and another is running for Congress. Now if there’s already that Great Tug-of-War in the SP, with the moves of former Cong. Tonyboy Floirendos (will this ever come), the more a populist Eliot is given vacant BM slots for a good filler.
BLOG & BUZZ: Welcome Police Supt. Giusseppe Geralde for the Tagum City PNP chief post. His first name, from Italian name, is just pronounced “Joseph” and his family name pronounced “Heralde”. Today he would be conferred the rank of police supt from police chief inspector. He’s a PNPA graduate Class ’98 and has gone serving as chief of police in Sulop, Magsaysay and Digos City in Davao del Sur before becoming the intel and operations provincial chief of Davao del Norte, his most recent prior his present assignment. The new COP is like Police Supt. Dario Gunabe- amiable, friendly to local reporters. COPs being civilian in character should know rudiments of community relations through the legitimate press….Who’s this rumored public officials (male and female) who went abroad to secretly meet there to rekindle past and present love affair? Just tsismis?
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