Sara Duterte Launches Regl Political Party, Asks Speaker Alvarez To Stop Attacking Her “Even in Whispers”

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte as party chairman led the formation Friday afternoon in Davao City a new regional political party named as Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), swearing in more than 500 incumbent officials led by four of the five governors in Davao Region.
Besides the governors, other officials who took oath during the HNP founding convention were mayors, board members, councilors and barangay captain representatives across the region except Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas and his loyal pack, although there was also a good number of officials from his province attending.
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The convention was also less of the 11 congressmen in the region except Davao del Norte 2nd District Cong. Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo.
Floirendo however left the venue, The Royal Mandaya Hotel, at past 2 p.m. before the mass oathtaking of the first batch of HNP members took place.
The congressman has a warrant of arrest issued by the Sandiganbayan Wednesday in connection with the graft case filed by Speaker and Davao del Norte 1st District Cong. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez. The case is bailable by P30,000.
Closing in ranks with Mayor Duterte were Governors Claude Bautista (Davao Occidental, HNP president), Nelson Dayanghirang (Davao Oriental, HNP vice president, Anthony del Rosario (Davao del Norte, HNP secretary) and Jayvee Tyron Uy (Compostela Valley, HNP treasurer).
With the joining of majority of governors and their respective packs of leaders, Davao Region or Region XI, President Duterte’s home region  effectively became an HNP country even as Davao del Norte remains to be a house divided between the turfs of feuding Congressmen Alvarez and Floirendo, who is allied with Gov. Del Rosario.
Mayors from Davao del Norte who sworn in to HNP were only Floirendo’s five ally mayors while the other five mayors stick with the Alvarez’ PDP-Laban.
It turned out that those who sworn in since late last year during the PDP-Laban mass oathtaking activities pushed by Speaker Alvarez like the contingent from Compostela Valley led by Gov. Uy and several packs from Davao del Sur not loyal to Gov. Cagas (Nacionalista Party to PDP-Laban) have defected again to the regional party.
In an interview, Uy said there is “no conflict” as he would give officials in his province freedom to choose whether they would remain with PDP-Laban as their national party or be with HNP as their regional party.
Around 99.8 percent of Comval officials from provincial down to barangay levels swore to be new PDP-Laban members in mass oathtaking administered by Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel Aug. last year.
Uy said he already had resigned from PDP-Laban Friday morning to be with HNP that is still to be registered and accredited with the Commission on Elections. The convention is one of the requirements.
Gov. Bautista said he was “considered resigned” from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), while Gov. Dayanghirang said he “intends to resign” from the Liberal Party, and Gov. Del Rosario said he already resigned from the LP last November.
Mayor Duterte said HNP would be a regional party which would focus in bringing equitable development of Davao Region during Duterte administration.
As Davao del Norte remains a house divided in the new political realignment, with the swearing in of ex-Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, ex-Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy or the switching of the Uys from Alvarez camp to HNP fold, Mayor Sara Duterte said she would “not interfere in the politics of Davao del Norte”.
The Speaker intends “to run a full slate in Davao del Norte” in the coming elections, the mayor echoed the words of the Speaker whom she said called up her husband Atty. Mans Carpio to ask for help.
But she asked Speaker Alvarez to exclude her from his attacks by not mentioning her name “even in whispers or even in thinking on her” otherwise she might abandon her own campaign in the next election and go to his district to ensure he would lose in his reelection bid.
The mayor fumed on her social media posts Thursday over purported says-so of Alvarez that she is part of the opposition by forming HNP and that he could impeach the President, which were all denied by the Speaker, while the President called it as just an intrigue by the “media again.”
The Speaker earlier said he never said those words and would never said those words to Dutertes.
Mayor Sara Duterte said “a mayor” who was not around in the convention told her the information.
“He is a friend of the Speaker,” she added.
“Who is he, the male mayor, a friend of the Speaker and who can communicate with Mayor Sara, who sow the intrigue?” commented a councilor who asked not to he identified at the sidelines of the jampacked HNP convention. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

I Never Said Those- Alvarez to Inday Sara

“I never said those words and I will never say those against Dutertes,” said House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez in his respectful reply to Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

The Speaker denied saying to the mayor to belong to the opposition in organizing a separate political party named Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) which will be launched today, Friday in Davao City.

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At the same time yesterday, President Duterte said that the ruckus between his daughter and the Speaker, “who are both lawyers”, was just an intrigue, a wedge driven by the “media again”.

Sara made two posts on her Facebook and Instagram accounts lashing out at the Speaker, his father’s most staunchest ally. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

Alvarez Wants To Slap Gov. AGR, Accuses Him of Getting P500,000 Commission from DPWH Project

House Speaker and 1st District Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez publicly dropped unsavory words that he wanted Davao del Norte Governor Anthony “AGR” del Rosario to be brought to him so he could strongly slap him.

This, as he accused the governor of getting P500,000 commission from an infrastructure project in Dept. of Public Works and Highways when he was still a congressman.

Alvarez’ fit of anger and accusation were both thrown at Del Rosario during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Davao Regional Medical Center Extension Hospital in Sawata, San Isidro, Davao del Norte last Saturday. It was attended by mayors in the 1st District, municipal officials and guests. The governor was not present.

Alvarez statements in Sawata blew the lid wide open telling all that Alvarez and Del Rosario have a running secret rift, generating political excitement and unease in the province.

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In a press conference at the site, Alvarez was asked what he could say on the issue that the P2.6-billion flyover project currently being constructed at the heart of Tagum City suddenly came out from nowhere as it was not part of the Annual Investment Plan of the region and that somebody was blocking its implementation.

Hearing the question, Alvarez fumed saying in vernacular: “Kinsa may gustong mopugong sa project nga flyover? Kinsa man kay akong laparohon. Unsa man ilang tuyo ug gusto nila? (Who’s he who wants to block the flyover project? So i can strongly slap him. What do they want?)

The mediaman asking the question mentioned the word “governor”.

Alvarez then continued: “Kinsay nag-ingon ana? Kay laparohon nako. Kinsa man na nga governor? Ingna siya reklamo dire nako kay laparuhon ko siya, o ingna pagbasa usa ug libro usa siya moreklamo… Nagyaya lang na nga gobernador na! (Who said that? So I could slap him. Who’s that governor? Tell him, complain right to me so I can slap him, tell him to read first the book. What a docile governor!)”.

The Speaker added that if the governor could not place a big project in the province it would be better for him not to complain, adding: “seguro nagreklamo siya tungod kay di ka porsyento (he complained as he could not get percent from it), in apparent reference to Del Rosario.

Another question during the same presscon put the Speaker on further attack mode.

He alleged that the governor when he was still the District 1 congressman went “wild” in DPWH office over not getting the P200,000 balance of his supposed P700,000 commission from a contractor.

The contractor did not give the P200,000 balance because the governor had already taken the P500,000 in cash advance, Alvarez told mediamen and witnessing officials and guests.

Alvarez said somebody told him about it, even as he challenged Del Rosario to prove it wrong so that he could present his source to him.

However, last Sunday during a media dinner for a cause in Tagum City where Gov. Del Rosario was the honored guest, he replied to Alvarez allegations, saying that in Del Rosarios’ long years of serving the province they never have been involved in corruption.

He challenged the people not to elect them if their alleged corruption could be proven.

He added that he had never been in DPWH provincial and regional offices, as he denied Alvarez’ allegation of him pocketing commission.

He further said he would not further add to Alvarez allegations, saying he does not know where the information came from and why Alvarez was mad at him when he has not sinned against him. “Kay basig masuko na pod si Bebot (I don’t want Bebot to get angry again at me)”. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

Chiongkee Still Leaves Tagum Brgy Audience Hanging on What Post He’ll Run To | But 1 Brgy Capt Says at the End of the Day Chiongkee Will Run for Mayor vs Rellon

Compostela Valley senior Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy talked for more than an hour before a different provincial audience composed of more than 300 barangay captains, kagawads and key functionaries, all from Tagum City, Friday night in Davao City.

He first talked about his invitation to the gathering, the 4th Liga ng mga Barangay Congress of the city chapter being held at hideous D’ Leonor Inland Resort in Malagamot area, which would run until Sunday, Feb. 18.

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He said that the occasion might as well provide him the opportunity to clarify on the speculations about him planning to run to a certain post like for mayor, governor, or for any post.

He and DILG Tagum City Director Eliza Mendoza were the only top officials present during the opening of the barangay congress.

Uy said that he was at first reluctant to accept the invitation of the city Liga president Prospero “Popo” Estabillo, Jr to talk before them, saying he is not an official of the province.

Later he said that he came “from Tagum” and “from Madaum”, then he traced a bit of the history of his family, his father, 24, and mother, 16, then when they arrived in 1944 in Madaum.

He added he was born in Madaum, and the present barangay indigenous mandatory representative Kagan Datu Abelardo Bangud is his “kababata.”

“I recalled we sometimes walked from Madaum to the crossing of Tagum (about 14 kms in distance) when there was no vehicle,” the ex-Comval governor said.

In 1974 the Uy family transferred in poblacion of then municipality of Tagum.

He said he believes in destiny, like it never crossed in his mind that one day he would become a governor, or his son Jayvee Tyron becomes the present governor in Comval.

“It’s really hard when political leaders are not united,” he said, recalling what had happened in Comval during the last term of ex-Gov. Joecab Caballero.

He took a swipe at Amatong who did not endorse him thinking that the former was the kingpin.

Uy then shifted talking in length on the feeding program of Comval that he wanted to be replicated first in Madaum and neighboring barangays.

As to speculations that he would be running in Tagum or in its province, he said: “kabalo man mo ron grabe ang iringan sa inyong lugar. Taga Tagum ko, di pwede di ma involve. Motabang gyod ko bisag wa koy plano. Kay politiko ko, ila dayong koloran, but syempre taga Madaum ko. It’s payback time,” adding he would help in the unity of the warring top leaders in the province.

He described Speaker Bebot Alvarez as his “kababata” and the Floirendos and Del Rosarios as “all of my friends.”

After his long talk, Uy then witnessed the distribution and raffling of kitchen and glass wares and LED TVs, gift certificates and cash gifts he gave to barangay officials.

Meanwhile, a barangay captain said in an interview after the distribution of goodies that “It is now clear to me that at the end of the day Chiongkee will run for mayor against (Mayor Allan) Rellon.”

The barangay captain, who asked not to be named, added that the Comval board member talked so much “but still left us hanging.” (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

“Marcoses Are Solid Sara”- Imee 

Davao City- Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos did not hide her profuse like to the Dutertes saying “solid Sara kami” in an interview with reporters at the sideline of a business conference at Marco Polo Hotel here Friday.

Without a cue, she said the Marcoses are “solid Sara” supporters.

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She said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is her “kumare” while the “Dutertes and Marcoses have been friends since a long time ago.”

The governor added that the President’s father was the “last man standing” in President Marcos’ Cabinet.

Mayor Duterte was earlier reported to be planning to run for Congress, a report that she later debunked. She was anticipated to be running for speakership if she runs and wins as congresswoman in 2019 polls.

Meanwhile, on the issue on the shift to federalism,  Gov. Marcos said there is need for a thorough debate and discussion on it as well as on how the poorest regions of the country such as Cordillera and Muslim regions would be treated under federalism.

“We have to hammer out details of the nitty-gritty of the operational issues of federalism,” she said.

Marcos also expressed her frustration on what she said as delayed resolution of her brother Bongbong’s electoral protest to the winning of Vice President Leni Robredo.

“It’s high time to put closure on this. We did not invent evidences or fake news. Cheating really occurred in the last election. There is so much delay. Kailangan nang tapusin ito,” Gov. Marcos said. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

Photo Posts of Vice Gov. Alan Dujali Set Off Online Frenzy Among DavNor Netizens 

Davao del Norte Vice Gov. Alan Dujali posted two photos Tuesday afternoon showing known personages who could be potential mayoral challengers in District 2 municipalities in the province.

The second photo shows Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez administering oath of membership to PDP-Laban for Panabo businessman Frank Gentiles, 2nd District Board Member Erning Evangelista of Sto. Tomas, LYR President-CEO Larry Y. Rubinos (aka LYR), Carmen Councilor Leony Bahague and Arman Saniano of Samal Island.

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They took their oath inside the Speaker’s office in Congress.

The first photo shows the new party members with the Speaker and the Vice Governor in a pose.

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Except for Saniano who might vie to be included in the councilors’ slate of IGACOS Mayor Al David Uy come 2019 midterm election, the rest are seen to be formidable mayoral bets.

What is most surprising according to pundits is the swearing in of LYR, who might run for mayor in BE Dujali where he has commercial lots and businesses. He donated a lot which is now part of the municipal hall compound. Present BE Dujali Mayor is Atty. Leah Marie Moral-Romano.

The swearing in of Board Member Evangelista and Councilor Bahague, too, is quite surprising and– interesting.

Evangelista is considered the most senior, experienced, tough and seasoned incumbent politician in Sto. Tomas who could give a run to current Mayor Daniel Batosalem Jr. of his political luck while Bahague was the trusted guy, an ex-external administrator of Carmen who knew the closed-door intricacies of the governance of former Mayor Marcelino Perandos, husband of incumbent first-termer Mayor Virgie Perandos. 

Gentelis, an engineer-businessman and president of Abante Panabo, has long been known to be dueling again Mayor James Gamao after losing though unscathed in the last 2016 election.

Both posts of Vice Gov. Dujali are now being talked interestingly by many Davao del Norte netizens setting off an online frenzy.

PDP-Laban formidable mayoral bets backed up by superkingpin Speaker Alvarez have come full circle apparently threatening the District 2 bailiwick of Floirendos of Tadeco fame.

Will the Bailiwick of The Firm crumble in 2019? (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)

Udenna To Infuse P625M To Operate Water System of Monkayo Town in Comval 

The municipal government of Monkayo in Compostela Valley is in the process of granting a 25-year franchise to a private water company to operate the municipal water system.

“We will be investing a total of P625 million, and for the first year P100 million to build a water treatment plant,” Federico Noe Goco, program manager of the Udenna Water Integrated Services, Inc. told those attending the Sangguniang Bayan’s public hearing Tuesday on the proposed ordinance granting the private company a franchise to engage in the business of water supply and distribution.

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Public hearing and consultation on the proposed water franchise ordinance was conducted by Monkayo SB on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 3rd floor of the Monkayo Municipal Hall.

The sanggunian reasoned out that there is pressing need to address the  insufficiency  of  water supply  services in the municipality.

The town’s waterworks system has since been operated by the local government unit and it has been encountering difficulties of improving it as the town population increases while it does not have  the  technical expertise  and  financial  resources  to rehabilitate  and expand  the existing water system.

Mayor Ramil Gentugaya, in an interview, acknowledged they need an expertise in improving the water system, from the source in Buay river in uphill Barangay Salvacion down to household connections.

He said that part of the agreement would be for Udenna to assume the P23 million balance of the P45-million loan contracted earlier by the previous municipal administration. The loan from Land Bank was sought to rehabilitate the waterworks system.

The mayor is presently rehabilitating the system’s piping connections from Buay source after these were destroyed by recent typhoons.

He said that Udenna is one among the biggest and expert water companies in the country, adding that the firm has pledged to make their Monkayo project “a benchmark” for their next projects in various sites nationwide.

Goco said that based on Udenna’s financial projections the average tariff they would collect would be about P19.59 per cubic- from the existing average of P13 plus per cubic,  with minimum charge of P166.50 for residential users and P331 for commercial users, both consuming water of not more than 10 cubic.

“We want to be always transparent, there’s an increase because we will invest, we will put up a filtration plant, we will increase the service coverage, we will upgrade the pipelines and do many others,” he said.

In exchange for the franchise, the grantee will pay a franchise fee of two percent (2%) based on gross sales after the value added tax and after a grace period of three years from the start date of the operations.

Under the proposed ordinance, the take-over  of  the  existing water system  shall be  commenced  within  a  period   of  five months from the  date  of  approval  or upon  the  agreement   between  the   municipal government and the  grantee.

Goco estimated that if the approval is made this quarter, Udenna could operate with already the treatment plant “by May next year.”

Udenna stockholders include the known successful Davao businessman Dennis Uy. Its president is Melden Al Uy.

Also attending the public hearing were barangay officials, sectoral leaders, sanggunian members and municipal officials and employees. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)