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Will Ramil Gentugaya be the next Comval Governor?

Posted in ramil gentugaya 2016 comval governor with tags , on May 16, 2014 by cha monforte

mar 13-19, 2014

In 2010 one humbly bowed down for the sake of party unity. And that unity spreads and galvanizes a political party. He is Ramil Gentugaya, board member now for first term and former vice governor of Compostela Valley Province for three terms.

Politics is such an essential ingredient in the life of a community or a nation, and it’s grinding daily to influence policies, people and places. Perhaps this is why a political teapot is percolating early now in Comval.


Board Member Ramil Gentugaya: Aiming for 2016 governorship

Board Member Ramil Gentugaya: Aiming for 2016 governorship

Thus, among political circles now, the name Ramil Gentugaya rings a bell- he is an upbeat gubernatorial wannabe.

But, will he be the next- the 3rd Comval governor?

The province was separated from the once big Davao del Norte in 1998. Regularly elected governor were first, Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero, who had 3 terms, then followed by Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, who would be graduating his third and last term by 2016.
Last January Gov. Uy announced he would be running as the vice governor of Board Member (BM) Ramil in 2016 polls.

If destiny would smile at BM Ramil, he would succeed an ally governor.

Throwback: Close before the electoral hustings of 2010 polls, Ramil, then in his second term as vice governor with Uy as first-termer governor, made his intention to take the crack for the District 1 congressional post held by then last-termer Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (now the vice governor).

By that time, the Uswag Comval Party (UCP) was already on its early formation with alliances of the governor, two congressmen and almost all mayors and barangay officials in the province.

But then Board Member Maricar Zamora also vied for the position that would be vacated by her father.
Battle-pitch negotiations and positioning ensued, as Ramil was prepared to do an electoral battle for the congressional post that was considered vacant.

But BM Ramil in the end decided to run for re-election for party unity’s sake as continuing to run for Congress would break and tear apart the phenomenal unity of leaders of the new Uswag Comval Party (UCP).

It can be said that the UCP could not be what it is now as a powerhouse united political aggrupation without the sacrifice made by Gentugaya.

In 2013 polls, facing a term limit, he further slid down to run for board member. He handily emerged Top 1 in the winning circle’s list.
Demarcated by that 2013 polls, Ramil had already fought and won 9 elections since he ran in the barangay post as a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in poblacion Monkayo. From the barangay, he ran and won in the municipal level then in the provincial level SK elections in the then undivided 22-town Davao del Norte province.

By his beginnings alone, who says now- he is still young and not capable not to be a governor?
Ramil is 38 years old. The prime of his youth and young-to-mid adulthood was eaten up by his long record of public service in elective post- for 18 years now.

He’s been an elected official- without rest, without cuts, without interruptions, without defeats. He continued to labour and wait.
Ramil was a handover provincial official from the very start when Compostela Valley was given birth by its historic provincehood in March 8, 1998.

He was the Sangguniang Kabataan federation president carried over to compose the first set of officials for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the newly-created province.

He was the SK federation president of the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte from 1996 to 1998. From 1996 until 2001, he was the SK regional director, winning votes from SK provincial presidents in the Davao Region.

When the first election came when Comval was already a province, he ran for regular board member in the first district and won, serving from 2001 to 2004, He was the youngest board member at the age of 25.

By 2004 polls, after serving one term as board member, he ran and won as vice governor. By then he was the youngest vice governor in the country at the age of 28. And he was reelected in 2007 and 2013 polls.

When Gentugaya served as the vice governor, he steered well the sessions of the provincial board which led to landmark legislations which included the children’s code, environment code, amended revenue code and provincial investment code.

He was instrumental in the installation of the electronic legislative tracking system at the SP office and implemented the paperless sessions at the SP.

After graduating his last term as vice governor, he settled to run for board member in the recent 2013 polls, again without challenging the peace and unity of the UCP.

“Dili siya hilabtanon ug samokan,” quipped a colleague board member.

Again, BM Ramil now just continue to labour and wait, serving his constituents.

Aside from being a politician, BM Ramil is an entrepreneur, conditioned by the business environment of his family. His father Rizal Gentugaya, a civil engineer and a former mayor of Monkayo, and his mother Rose Lao Gentugaya successfully developed their rice trading and milling business for over 50 years.

BM Ramil manages his cavendish banana plantation in Monkayo.

When typhoon Pablo struck Comval, almost putting to death his plantation, entrepreneur as he is, BM Ramil just let the crisis pass and pursued rehabilitation, and with a dogged determination managed to rebuild his plantation. Recently, he has his first post-typhoon harvest already.

“With the Almighty’s blessing, slowly we were able to rebuild the farm,” he quipped in a brief interview recently.

He’s a family man now. It was during his 2nd term as vice governor when he got married to Joanna Aileen Ang, a lass from Davao City. They have two children now- Anjelika Rose, 4 years old, and Annika Ysobelle, 10 months.

Now, on the threshold of moving to attain his highest aspiration, BM Ramil looks up with foresight and optimism in showing his constituents what he is made of and is capable of doing backed by his sterling performance for the past 18 years. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

NEWS: No Lakas decision yet on Ramil-Maricar toss up- Chiongkee

Posted in chiongkee uy, comval news, comval officials, maricar zamora-apsay, ramil gentugaya with tags , , , , on February 4, 2009 by cha monforte

The Lakas party in Compostela Valley has not yet made a decision on who to anoint between Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay for the District 1 congressional post for the 2010 polls, breaking the party leaders’ pledge late last year that they would announce the decision by January 2010 after a party caucus.

In a text message, Comval Lakas party provincial chairman Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy said that “it is still too early” in reference as to when the party decision would be handed down to resolve the Ramil-Maricar row over who between them becomes the Lakas standard-bearer.

Vice Gov. Gentugaya in separate text message confirmed on Monday that no party decision yet has been made on the issue.

In a news report November last year Uy was qouted as pledging that the Lakas party would convene a caucus to resolve the issue that has already become a major party headache while there has been no competition among partymates in the District 2 congressional post currently held by neophyte Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong.

District 2 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, father of Maricar, is serving his last term at present.

Both Gentugaya and Apsay have still one more term for reeelection in their respective posts.

Gentugaya is a kin of Uy by Chinese blood while Cong. Zamora has been a political ally of Uy.

Sources said that the issue has already tried to rock the unified Lakas party about two weeks ago during a meeting of provincial party leaders for the Uswag Comval, a local political aggrupation being pushed by the governor.

Sources said that at one time during the affair when Cong. Zamora introduced his daughter as the incoming congresswoman to affix her signature to support Uswag Comval, former Cong. Prospero Amatong stood up and said it would be Ramil as the next congressman of District 1.

The elder Amatong is a voting member-emiritus of the Comval Lakas provincial directorate.

Earlier, Uy said that both “stand in equal footing if the choice is baeed on the Lakas party rules”. He did not not enumerate the rules.

He said it would be the Lakas provincial directorate which would decide the official bet for the post. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


Posted in maricar apsay, ramil gentugaya with tags , , on September 25, 2008 by cha monforte

Potential congressional bets form shadow slates

The much-touted political unity of incumbent leaders in Compostela Valley especially in the District 1 is continued to be threatened with the reported formation of “shadow slates” of both Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya and Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay, who both earlier confirmed to run for the congressional post by 2010.

Sources said that recently both of the camps, although feigning to be friendly in public gatherings, have recently formed their respective “shadow slates” in the scenario of break-up of the merged Lakas-Kampi administration party in choosing the standard-bearer for the post that is being finished for serving by the last-termer Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora.

The shadow slates that have been much-talked of have divided the incumbent boardmembers and mayors in the district.

Earlier, Boardmembers Dexter Lopoz, Neri Barte and last-termer Armando Codilla and Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes and Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina Sr were reported to be supporting the congressional bid of Gentugaya.

Apsay on the other hand has reportedly got Boardmember Paul Galicia, former Maragusan Mayor Arsenio Yanong and former Boardmember William Andres in the initial list for her “shadow slate” while taking the support of Montevista Mayor Teofista Jauod and last-termer Compostela Mayor Reynaldo Castillo.

In this scenario, both Gentugaya and Apsay might end up fielding non-Lakas rivals in towns where they have no support of incumbent mayors.

As this developed, reports said that in Compostela town opposing councilors are reportedly blocking the plan of Mayor Castillo of getting a P35-million bank loan for an infrastructure project for his last term.

Reports said that the tiff involved councilors allied with the former Vice Mayor Joerge Rapista, who was defeated in 2007 for mayoralty bout with Castillo.

Sources also said that current Vice Mayor Jesse Bolo, who ran in tandem with Rapista in the last polls, had already pledged as Lakas member, but is entertaining to run for a mayor still if he would not be endorsed as official mayoral bet of the administration party.

Bolo, for becoming a Lakas member, becomes the most senior incumbent official who could claim for the administration’s mayoral bet but sources said that Cong. Zamora has not been endorsing Bolo yet for the post even in jest during public gatherings where both were present.

Sources also said that the influential councilor Dolfo Ang is also aiming for the mayoral post if Rapista would run with him as his vice mayor.

Otherwise, Ang would run as vice mayoral bet of Rapista if the latter decides for a comeback, sources said.

In the last polls, Castillo and Rapista had only more than 1,500 votes between them as a margin.

Councilor Haidee Suarez is also reportedly eyeing the mayoral post.

On the other hand, Mayor Castillo because of health reason is now contemplating to run as vice mayor than as vice governor especially after provincial officials have not earlier given support to his plan of running as vice governor, sources added.

But sources said that since Bolo is not being endorsed yet by Cong. Zamora and the latter is the Lakas district chairman, the congressman might have the mayoral post for himself as the administration’s party standard bearer with Castillo as his vice mayoral bet

But that scenario might pull a hometown decision of voting a mayor really coming from Compostela, sources told Sidlak.

Zamora’s town is Monkayo while he has his congressional office on his three terms located at Compostela, which he considered as his second hometown. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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)