“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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)