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NEWS: Gov. Chiongkee, Comval incumbents stick to Lakas, Gibo

Posted in bobong amatong, chiongkee uy, rey navarro, way kurat zamora with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte

nov 24

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and the rest of incumbent officials under the political aggrupation Uswag Comval have finally decided to stick it out for the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD Sunday evening in final minutes during what could be described as intense political meeting called for to choose who should be their presidential candidate.

In a closed door three-hour meeting held at Miko’s Brew coffee bar in Tagum City, the group decided as “final” to remain with the administration party and support the  administration party’s standard bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, confirmed Uy in a text message.

The meeting was attended by first district Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora , second district Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, municipal mayors and vice mayors except Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr and his Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag.

Midway in the meeting Laak Mayor Rey Navarro, in an interview, said that the group was “divided” in that Cong. Amatong and several mayors were for Teodoro, as the governor and other mayors rooted for Senator Manny Villar of Nacionalista Party while Cong. Zamora “would side whoever the governor would decide to support” . Sources said that the name of Senator Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party was also entertained.

Close to 9 P.M. and about 45 minutes before the meeting ended, Amatong was seen hurrying to leave from the venue.

Sources said that the group then ended up into voting where the administration’s bet emerged to be the choice fearing a break up of Uswag Comval.

After the meeting, Navarro said “it’s final for the sake of unity we go for Lakas and Gibo”, while Mabini Mayor Hajji Amir Munoz said “we agreed that nobody would leave Lakas”.

Uy said in text message that he had already discussed the issue with Mayor Brillantes in a lunch with him Saturday and that the latter agreed to abide with the group’s collective decision.

Earlier, the governor has been much talked of by pundits to be rooting for Villar than with Teodoro although he was reported to be not closing the door to the Nacionalista Party or Liberal Party if ever they would not remain with the administration party citing that “both parties have the firepower needed for the elections.”

Meanwhile, in separate interview, former Maco Mayor Miller Alaba, who said he is an ardent fan of former President Cory Aquino and presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, said that “Gov. Uy’s act of going down under his partymates is so humbling and endearing to me”.

Alaba said that while he would go for the opposition he would support Uy and would not support this early former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero who has been reportedly forming slates under the opposition, possibly swooping down to get the vacant NP now for either a gubernatorial comeback or a renewed congressional run.

The recent support the Uswag Comval has at least boosted up Teodoro in the province despite that he is far trailing behind in local surveys reportedly made by local politicians while Aquino has remained to rank number 1. (By Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

BALITA: Mancao modagan gyud pagka-Kongresman sa Comval Distrito Uno, Lopoz mi-welcome kang Mancao

Posted in MARICAR ZAMORA with tags , , , on October 27, 2009 by cha monforte

oct 26

Mikompirmar kagahapong adlawa ang kontrobersyal nga kanhi police officer Cesar Mancao nga siya modagan gayud pagka-Kongresman sa Distrito 1 sa Compostela Valley sanglit mamahimo nang usa ka three-corner fight ang panagtigi sa politika sa distrito sa 2010 nga piniliay.
Una nang mideklar si Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz Jr, kanhi graft investigation officer sa Ombudsman for Mindanao, nga siya makigharong kang Boardmember Maricar Zamora-Apsay sa administration party tungod kay way mideklarar nga makigbuno sa kandidatura ni Apsay human nga unang miatras si Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya ug aron katagaan sa abugado ug “kahulugan ang eleksyon ug kahigayonan ang katawhan sa pagpili sa ilang lider”.
Apan kagahapon, sa usa ka eksklusibo nga phone interview ning manunulat, si Mancao miapil sa pangtigi sa politika sa distrito tungod kay matud niya “para kini sa katawhan, ug dili kini usa ka personal money-making, ug dili usab para sa dynasty-making” sa iyang tataw nga pagpuna kang last-termer Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, amahan ni Maricar.
Matud pa ni Mancao, sa iyang nahibal-an sa mga estorya sa  mga tawo sa Manila ug gawas sa probinsya, ang Compostela Valley partikulartemente sa Distrito 1 nailhan na lamang nga usa ka lugar nga may kongresman “nga taga lukdo lang ug balota, taga silhig lang ug salog” sa iyang pagbalik lantaw sa mga scene-stealing nga kahimoan ni Zamora sulod sa Kongreso nga nabalita sa national media.
“Demeaning na kaayo to sa iyang posisyon, nagpa kiko-kiko, napersonal na kaayo ang iyang posisyon  ug dili na para sa kadaghanan,” matud pa ni Mancao.
“Gusto nako nga makatabang sa katawhan sa akong distrito, sa ilang krusada alang sa kalamboan,” dugang pa sa kanhi PNP opisyal.
Matud niya, sa kasamtangan wala pa siyay partido politikal diin siya mopasilong samtang busy pa siya sa mga negosasyon sa mga partido nga makatabang kaniya ug nagapangita pa siya ug “right connect” sa mga national political leaders ug mga partido sa Manila.
Midugang pod siya ug ingon nga ang pagkuha ug tingog pinaagi sa Kongreso usa sa mga solusyon sa iyang kasamtangang problema tungod sa iyang pagkalambigit sa double murder Dacer-Corbito case.
Sa laing  bahin, daling mi-welcome si Atty. Jun Lopoz sa pagsalmot ni Mancao ug “gani kini tataw nga makapahimo sa tigi sa politika sa distrito nga usa ka kahinaman sa katawhan ug mahagitnon human sa dugay nga kahilom sa una nga wa daw moparang sa anak ni anak ni Way Kurat nga si Maricar.” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: A Season’s right topic

Posted in governor rodolfo del rosario, prospero amatong, tonyboy floirendo jr, way kurat zamora, yayong gementiza with tags , , , , on December 22, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

dec 19

If there’s one good topic good-natured politicians in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley must discuss during the merrymaking in the Yuletide Season it is the death of vibrant democracy in this part of the country. This death has been with us since two elections ago. This dying little by little occured starting when Fernando Poe Jr. ran for President, and when Kampi emerged as a new pro-administration party that fought against Lakas in 2004 polls. In FPJ’s loss, a song was made with a lyrics, “sa Pinas ang talo ay naging Pangulo.”

Since then electoral battles in Davnor and Comval have been engaged by Lakas and Kampi parties although there was such exemption when former Davao del Norte Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza was forced to jump ship and went to United Opposition (UNO) after a political wrangling. But then Yayong’s muckracking wasn’t against Lakas nor Kampi being opportunist political parties, while his campaign went only for rallying around his personality and not much on issues. It was in that 2007 polls when Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario clutched in straws both the Lakas and Kampi bets that threw a monkey wrench to the District 2 bets of former Cong. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Comval in 2004 polls has that political unification with former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero running under Lakas with erstwhile political rivals, former Cong. Pros Amatong, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, and the Lakas mayors while Kampi then scarcely fielded municipal slates. It was in 2007 polls, when Caballero was shoved out from Lakas forcing him to use Kampi to engage in feverish battle with the Lakas titans.

When Kampi emerged only with few flickers in 2004 polls, it turned out to be a serious, alternative power contender against Lakas in 2007 polls, but in so far as the national bets were concerned, just the same to Lakas, Kampi also rued for Malacanang bets.

Without now the strong presence of Erap’s PMP, De Villa’s Reporma, Danding’s NPC, Drilon-wing Liberal parties in the two provinces, alternative political figures in the opposition are largely absent in the present political landscape.

At this writing, nobody even from the losing bets especially those having provincial stature and prominence, while not yet considered as political has-beens have engaged in even discursive engagements with Lakas and Kampi incumbents in critical and gut public issues of the day. Well, then Gob. Yayong and then Gob. Joecab are not yet seen as has-beens and spent force as far as my jaded eyes can see, but the former chose to still play a guessing game with the media when he earlier said he was convenient also to run with Gov. RDR, while the latter is still reportedly entertaining to be with the administration through Kampi. Santa Banana! Basa na ang record sa Lakas ug Kampi these days for pure and simple political opportunism while corruption issues are burning the fences of the administration, but sadly in our locales, no non-incumbent politician has yet emerged to engage in democratic discourse pertaining the incumbents’ policies and ways of running the government, nor someone from them has risen to be counted on as representative of the legal opposition.

But maybe potential legal oppositionists in our provinces, if really there are still souls out there, are just waiting for Lakas and Kampi parties to turn from basa to baho in the likes to what had befallen into KBL (Kilusang Bagong Lipunan) during the dying years of Marcos dictatorship. It seems that the blunder of legal oppositionists occurs not only when they continue to be in the comfort zone but more so when the refuse to see the writings in the wall, like the sentiments of our bishops these days, and feel the pulse of people. Look only how people gave political fortune to Isabela Governor Grace Padaca and Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio, who read well the temper of their own people.

For their continued silence as we now enter in electoral year a few days from now, while people observe, see and listen the failings and arrogance of administration Lakas and Kampi parties over the media, legal oppositionists in our provinces have only themselves to blame when they are routed again comes 2010. It’s they who voice for the practical check and balance in the provinces. The legal opposition place is right in the bedrock of our democracy. It’s the safety valve of peace. Without it, the alternative is the underground opposition, that only begets further violence and bloodshed we can only regret. It seems they don’t rage to the dying of the light or choose to become bystander in their own dark tunnel. (For online edition, visit my blog:, txt 09069104553, e-mail:

NEWS: Compostela banana workers decry losing land, jobs by DAR- installed “dummies”

Posted in comval banana growers, comval labor union, way kurat, way kurat zamora with tags , , , on October 12, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 13

Some 170 banana workers in Barangay Osmena in Compostela town

. Leaders of Namasco banana workers decry forcible takeover of their banana plantation in Compostela town during the press conference last Saturday with the Davao del Norte Press Radio and TV Club (DNRPC), Cevannah Bar Café and Restaurant at Lapulapu St., Tagum City. At left is DNRPC chairman Greg “Loloy” Ybanez

. Leaders of Namasco banana workers decry forcible takeover of their banana plantation in Compostela town during the press conference last Saturday with the Davao del Norte Press Radio and TV Club (DNRPC), Cevannah Bar Café and Restaurant at Lapulapu St., Tagum City. At left is DNRPC chairman Greg “Loloy” Ybanez(Rural Urban News photo)

who are claiming to be the actual tillers of the land are protesting the forcible takeover to the 139–hectare of banana plantation by 159 “agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)” after earlier given with Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) by the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The plantation is then leased bv the Ayala-owned Davao Fruits Corporation until leasehold contracts expired and workers went on growership.

“Many of them are dummies, former DFC employees, already businessmen, even some area already living in Davao City and in United States,” said Zosimo Ombajin, president of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Compostela (Namsaco) in a press conference after Saturday’s “Ipalanog sa Katawhan” press forum of the Davao del Norte Press, Radio and TV Club, Inc., (DNPRC) at Cevannah Bar Café and Restaurant in Tagum City.

Ombajin said that last August 11 the ARBs, accompanied by District 1 Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora and some policemen, allegedly went into breaking their barricade, disarmed their security guards and forcibly takeover a half of their supposed land.

“We were surprised on that day that the DAR installation order suddenly arrived ejecting us from the land we have been productively cultivating for many years,” said Ombajin.

Zamora accordingly accompanied the ARBs to help them be installed on the land as the CLOA holders due to the congressman’s promise in the last elections.

The 159 CLOA holders are accordingly girding to takeover the whole of the 139-hectare land, while the 170 actual workers are holding on working on half of the plantation area.

“As a result our families are now starving,” said complaining of scarce jobs and excess workers since they have already to be content on working a half the 139-hectare land.

On the same press conference, Pantaleon Libre Jr, an officer of Namasco, said that after the takeover the occupied land have already new workers of new growers from CLOA holders.

The actual workers though would still get the last harvest from the remaining bunches in the occupied land, he said.

“What we are demanding is that we should also be included as CLOA holders since it is us who made continuous possession and production over the land for the past ten years since 1998,” he said.

He said that CLOA holders are former DFC employees and workers who were already compensated by DFC as early as 1994 due to retrenchment, resignation or retirement.

“We were not informed on the CARP application nor had seen in the barangay bulletin board of any posting on DAR notice to put the land we have been actually working under CARP,” Ombajin said.

The Namasco has already petitioned the DAR central office to revoke the CLOA. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Way Kurat: “I’m willing to face the SP” “But Joecab should also go there”

Posted in joecab caballero, way kurat zamora with tags , , on September 15, 2008 by cha monforte

july 14

Compostela Valley Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (1st District) has accepted the challenge of former Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero saying that he is very much willing to go to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to shed light about what he can remember during the meeting with Chinese-speaking investors and with President Arroyo herself during her visit to Compostela town last July 2006.

In that presidential visit, the President announced at Zamora’s congressional office that she was bringing with her investors of Chinese firm ZTE Corp interested to invest in mining ventures in the province.

In an interview over the weekend, Cong. Zamora said that Caballero was right in saying that the President came to visit her congressional office and was also right for passing the buck of the issue to the congressman but “with all respect to him, Caballero should also go there” referring to the SP which moved last week to conduct a legislative inquiry on the reported $1-billion mining project of ZTE Corp to Diwalwal.

Zamora suggested that since he is on the thick of marathon budget hearings at press time until October 11 and onwards Caballero should first face the SP so that his statements “could be put on the record” and “after that, file a motion for me to appear”.

“I’m willing to appear but I could not just be available due to the marathon hearings,” Zamora said.

Zamora said that during the presidential visit there was indeed a meeting that occurred inside his congressional office with the President and Chinese-speaking officials with their interpreters.

But, he said, he did not know what were the particular companies the Chinese-speaking visitors were representing for.

He said he was not the only the one who knew what transpired during the meeting since former 2nd District Cong. Prospero Amatong and all the mayors were also there except Monkayo Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes.

Caballero, then governor at that time, was not invited to attend in Compostela visit of Arroyo but reports said that he and Brillantes had also met with ZTE investors at Marco Polo Hotel during the visit.

Caballero, in separate interview, denied he met with ZTE officials saying they were only having their lunch with Mayor Brillantes at the hotel while the President graced for the launching of the congressman’s earthworm and nursery project at his congressional office.

Currently, the ZTE Corp is embroiled anew of another controversy about its award of mining rights over 8,000 hectares of mineral reservation in Diwalwal a year after the firm figured in the anomalous NBN deal. The firm was accused of giving millions of bribe money to national officials including the President to bag the multi-billion NBN contract.

For its legislative probe, the SP entasked last week its environment committee to call Caballero, Finance Secretary Peter Favila, DENR Sec. Lito Atienza, former DENR Sec. Michael Defensor and others to shed light on the report of $1-billion deal of the ZTE Corp. for the mining rights over Diwalwal which the SP feared could trigger unease among Diwalwal miners if the report is not clarified.

The SP acted on following privilege speech of Boardmember Dexter Lopoz who notified his colleagues two weeks ago about the deal as first hinted by an editorial of the Philippine Star before the new ZTE controversy hit the current headlines.

Boardmember Neri Barte joined with Lopoz last week calling for legislative probe on ZTE’s Diwalwal deal which got the SP nod. (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)