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NEWS: “My friendship with Floirendos remains”- Baby Suaybaguio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 11, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

feb 2 

Davao del Norte Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr said that his friendship with the Floirendos will remain since he had established this relationship with them in the 80s.

In an interview over the weekend, the vice governor, who is running for reelection for his current post, reminisced the time when he was still serving as Tagum City mayor when the influential family in the province had been helping elected officials in steering the development of the province.

“Such benevolence of the Floirendos when Davao del Norte was still big has remained to be their hallmark that contributes to the continuing development of the province,” Suaybaguio said in tribute to the family, owner of the vast Tadeco banana plantation and firm.

“Until now I can talk with Dona Nenita and (former Congressman) Tonyboy (Floirendos)… our friendship will always be there,” Suaybaguio added. 

Suaybaguio who partnered with unopposed reelectionist Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (Liberal Party) is rivaled by fellow Tagumenyo Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), who has now no gubernatorial candidate in tandem when ex-Miss Universe Margie Moran, wife of Tonyboy Floirendo Jr, backed out from running against  Gov. Del Rosario, her uncle by affinity.

Meanwhile, reports said that Gov. Del Rosario has already got wind of side comments castigating the leadership of the governor allegedly made by Israel in some of his barangay sorties.

Sources alleged that Israel has been making a show of declaring that his governor is still Del Rosario and that he is the vice gubernatorial choice of the Floirendos as part of the “exchange deal” when Moran backed out from running against Del Rosario, “fueling a fire to the reported family feud between the Floirendos and Del Rosarios that is reportedly now on the path to inevitable reconciliation.”

There was actually no “exchange deal” made by the Floirendos and Del Rosario but it was the angered opposition of Dona Nenita that her brother Gov. Del Rosario would be rivaled by one coming from the clan that caused for Moran’s backing out, sources said.   (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: “Anti-Urban Poor” Ordinance reaches SP

Posted in boardmember artemio san juan, boardmember roger israel, davao norte vice gov. victorio suaybaguio jr, tagum, tagum city with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by cha monforte

Legislation seeks to defer approval

of urban poor housing for 5 years

oct 28

TAGUM CITY – Two weeks after the controversial Purok Ordinance of the City Hall was unanimously junked by Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan, another city ordinance considered by several quarters here as ”contentious” and critics as “anti-urban poor” reached yesterday at the provincial board in its 48th regular session.

Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio immediately referred City Council Ordinance No. 320 to the SP committee on human settlements, planning and development chaired by Boardmember Roger Israel as the lead committee and to the committee on laws, resolutions, ordinance and justice chaired by Boardmember Artemio San Juan.

Dubbed by critics as “Anti-Urban Poor Ordinance”, the new legislation reaching the provincial board, which recently smarted from its act of finally junking the controversial Purok Ordinance, is seeking to defer for a period of five years the issuance of accreditation and approval of permits and other requirements by the City Hall for urban poor subdivision housing projects.

It appeared to have been passed at the city council without much fuss, and suddenly it reached at the SP secretariat last October 22.

It was authored and pushed by Councilor Nicandro “Nickel” Suaybaguio as initiated by the city executive department. He is a nephew of the presiding vice governor.

But the young Suaybaguio,  in a phone interview yesterday, said that the city council had passed it in two sessions, the first one of which was followed by a public hearing attended by representatives of shelter agencies and the affected sectors.

He said that his measure was approved by the city council last September 22 and that for a month it was at the city council secretariat which had worked on its long minutes and proceedings.

Yesterday, urban poor leader Gregorio “Loloy” Ibanez said in text message that Suaybaguio’s ordinance “is anti-urban poor for being contrary to the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) and executive order of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government and to the policy of the Presidential Commission of the Urban Poor (PCUP)”.

He vowed that he himself will make a petition to oppose it at the SP level.

Ibanez is the executive director of the Davao del Norte Urban Poor Foundation, Inc. He is also the president of the Davao del Norte Press. Radio and TV Club.

Earlier, in one report of a weekly paper, District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano branded as “anti poor” the ordinance that would evidently stop him from carrying out land acquisition projects for the urban poor which he has been funding out from a congressional fund.

Sidlak clarified also with Vice Mayor Allan Rellon an earlier report that the urban poor ordinance would have still to be fully sponsored by Suaybaguio saying that he was confused on the question posed to him by the media adding that it mixed up with the preoccupation of the city council of also formulating a revised comprehensive ordinance on the city’s land use.

Earlier also, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio said he would not inhibit from the deliberations on the ordinance authored and pushed by his nephew, adding that the rule of the majority would prevail  He presided when the Purok Ordinance was unanimously junked by his boardmembers.

The urban poor ordinance has invoked the ground that that urban poor subdivisions and informal settlements in the city are not livable due to inadequacies of basic community facilities and services such as road, water, electricity and have low occupancy rate.

The young Suaybaguio earlier said that the deferment could be “automatically lifted” if a high occupancy rate of existing urban poor housing projects could be attained.

He also said that several existing urban housing projects whose requirements are on process are included in the exemption clause of the ordinance.

But critics also charged that the ordinance is “a class legislation” saying that it favored the rich subdivision developers and would stop informal housing for the poor in the city like the Habitat and the Gawad Kalinga projects initiated by the religious.

They said that the urban poor housing projects instead contributed to solve the city’s acute housing backlog of at least 28,000 families per projection of the City Comprehensive and Development Plan (2001-2010). (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Olano says he doesn’t want to break the Lakas unity in Davnor

Posted in davao del norte tagum officials, davao del norte vice gov. baby suaybaguio with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

He wants fair weather with local media

oct 17

Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano appears to be wanting to talk with the local media in fair weather.

He said that he did not want intriguing questions posed to him by the local media that would lead him to say words that would threaten to break the Lakas unity in the province.

Asked yesterday on whether he would make true his earlier statement of running for city mayor or for governor as among his options, he appeared evasive saying that he should not be intrigued with questions that would break the Lakas party in the province since City Mayor Rey Uy and Governor Rodolfo del Rosario as well as him belong to the same party.

He did not also give comment on the Purok Ordinance that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. junked last Monday.

But asked in an ambush interview about his congressional bill about puroks pending at the Congress, he said that it is still a pending measure.
Asked further on what it is all about, he cut short, saying: “it is not comfortable for us to talk about it here” in obvious irritation to the posed question as a streak of sunlight hit the place of interview. After snapping that, he then immediately sped away riding on his government issued car with plate no. 8. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Two kingdoms in one world

Posted in AGR davao del norte, cong. anton lagdameo, councilor oyo uy, former gov yayong gementiza, former vice gov anthony del rosario with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 1


By Cha Monforte

Provincial sports point man Anthony del Rosario (AGR), the ex-DavNor vice gov, for recently declaring he would be running – surefire- as congressman, has practically doused cold water to simmering political teapot in the District 1. Then Vice Gov. and former Tagum City Mayor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio and Boardmember Roger Israel were much talked of to be interested for the post.

Until that last Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, great lifetime ambitions of Tagum’s seasoned politicians have been stopped by discouraging statement coming no less than from the son of Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR), District 1’s assumed kingmaker.

Also, Boardmember Tony Lagunzad then trained his sight to the post that the last-termer Arrel Olano would be vacating by 2010. And what about Kons. Oyo, son of Mayor Rey “Chiong” Uy? There was also that little talk then about Oyo eyeing for the same post. But there’s report that he being young has fraternal bond with the youthful AGR. Will Oyo not run as city vice mayor and Vice Mayor Allan Rellon is shoved out to run as boardmember?

It’s Duterte’s magic formula having Sara sit as a city vice mayor during his final term before Sara gets the 2010 mayorship, and by that time Digong will sit as the presiding vice mayor and hence acting as real mayor behind. Second-termer Mayor Cee O, being the acknowledged kingmaker in the city, can have this formula to elevate Oyo further up to the political ladder. After all, Rellon, who is one of his good soldiers, is a pushover on this scenario. Just like in chess, in politics there are pawns.

After such AGR declaration, there’s now silence out here. But wait BM Israel, the non-Dick, could spring out yet like a ballistic Harry in the full coming of the Great Tug of War at the present backdrop of the absence of PDAF, pork barrel fund allocation for the BMs. In fact, Israel in one talk in the rounds retorted he has still not forged a MOA with AGR unlike VG Baby S, who is also proving to be a good soldier of RDR. Without Yayong in the political limelight, BM Roger is fast coming out like a wildcard- in Yayong’s political persona that leaves a lot of eager-beaver voters guessing on which post he would be running.

Yayong’s “last two-minutes” decision moment and his ready COCs- several of which- close to the deadline of the filing of candidacy are still alive and kicking in talks under the grooves of Tagum politics, and BM Israel, also a Masa of a kind like Yayong, has shoved out the latter for recently talking that he’s squaring off against the reelectionist mayor, who countered he’s not afraid of Yayong nor to other political enemies whom he could not choose.

Coupled with RDR’s own reelection declaration, the political landscape now is quite revealing from a hazy one. But there’s potential source of irritation on Yayong’s statement that he’s open to sleep with strange bedfellows by 2010 like RDR, who defeated him, to stage a return bout against the city mayor whom he defeated not once, but twice.  This as several reports said that Cee O would have no qualm in siding with the former Cong Tonyboy Floirendo in the awaited battle royale between Tonyboy and RDR for governorship.

But overall, the present political landscape in Davao del Norte and Tagum City that entered in a new era first spawned by the squabble over gubernatorial post and then by corporate boardroom brickbats within the currently divided clan of Floirendos and Del Rosarios has only painted the picture that the province that was once one mammoth Floirendo political kingdom has been split into two smaller kingdoms, the District 2 one held by kingmaker Tonyboy and the District 1 held by kingmaker RDR with one city suzerainty held by kingmaker Uy. Sa iyo ang Tondo, sa akin ang Cavite.

And such is fully realized if – RDR gets reelected as gov, AGR gets the District 1 congressional post, Tonyboy reclaims his District 2 congressional post and Cong. Anton gets the vice gubernatorial post. It’s one happy but divided family in the making. In such scenario, the corporate split has but become a blessing in disguise. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, e-mail:

NEWS: Davnor PCL slams SP practice

Posted in davao del norte website, larry caminero with tags , , , on October 5, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 29

SP confirmation to budget augmentation ordinances ‘counterproductive, redtape’

Despite the recent contrary opinion of the Dept. of Budget and Management, Davao del Norte PCL president and Boardmember Helario “Larry” Caminero vowed to continue advocating that budget augmentation ordinances of cities and municipalities do not need confirmation of the provincial board.

“How can you explain that say, in San Isidro (town), the municipal engineering department could not augment its depleting gasoline allocation from savings of other items without the confirmation of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that takes 2 to 3 months (of passing the ordinance),” said Boardmember Caminero.

He said that the legislative process of having budget augmentation ordinances passed first the SP before it can be implemented is “counter-productive and redtape”

He said that the provincial government has long been losing a lot of precious time and money in allowing the old practice takes its toll for being “so bureaucratic”.

He particularly said that SP confirmation to an augmentation from savings and other items with the same expense class is no longer necessary since this has already been thoroughly reviewed in the approved annual budget.

He cited that a recent the Congress and the Supreme Court do not subject their augmentation budgets for confirmation by the Congress after the General Appropriations Act (GAA) was approved.

Two weeks ago Caminero called colleagues to stop the practice of approving budget augmentation ordinances.

The SP virtually disagreed with him but he wrote the DBM regional office seeking for a legal opinion on the issue.

Last week Caminero received the reply from DBM XI regional director Achilles Gerard Bravo who notified him that under existing rules and regulations of the New Local Government Code budget augmentation of the same expense class is still subject for review by the local chief executive or by the presiding officer of the provincial board.

Caminero said that he would abide with the DBM opinion but he said this would not stop him from advocating for his earlier call.

But reports said that in other provinces SPs have not been confirming augmentation budget measures from towns and cities. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)