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GONZAGA SLAMS ‘DEFECTIVE’ PRESIDENT DUTERTE LOW-COST HOUSING FOR TYPHOON PABLO VICTIMS IN DAVAO DE ORO

HOUSES ALLEGEDLY CONSTRUCTED USING RICE HULLS

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Davao de Oro 2nd District Rep. Peter Ruwel Gonzaga said low cost housing units built by government for victims in Davao de Oro of Supertyphoon Pablo were defective and constructed using rice hulls.

Go to Maparat and you will find out that rice hulls were used in the construction of the houses, said Gonzaga in a recent interview with an FM radio station based in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Maparat is a barangay in Compostela municipality, among areas hit worse by the supertyphoon that devastated the Davao Region in December 2012.

In a news report in 2014 two years after Pablo, the NHA said that in Davao de Oro, it built 2,967 units spread in the towns of New Bataan (Barangays San Roque, 1,214 and Andap, 50), Monkayo (Union, 225 and Lower Ulip, 443), Brgy. New Visayas in Montevista (335), Brgy. Maparat, Compostela (300) and Brgy. Kidawa, Laak (400).

In the aftermath of the disaster that killed hundreds and displaced thousands of families in Davao de Oro, the worst hit province, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of funds for contruction of houses for families who lost their homes in Pablo’s fury.

In the radio program, Gonzaga cited massive corruption in construction of the low-cost housing and accused Davao de Oro Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy as having benefitted from the alleged anomaly.

But Gonzaga is barking at the wrong tree for blaming Chiongkee, then the sitting governor when Pablo struck, as the houses were constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and not by the Davao de Oro local government.

Chiongkee has dismissed the allegation against him as pure lies and has dared Gonzaga to raise the issue to the NHA, the Commission on Audit (COA) or the court.

While his guns are trained at Chiongkee, Gonzaga’s attack on the government project is apparently ipolitiically-motivated aimed at the administration of President Duterte . Gonzaga is aligned with the opposition party Partido Reporma (Reporma) of former House Speaker Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, former Duterte ally turned critic.

After initially supporting the ticket of Senator Panfilo Lacson for president and SenatorTito Sotto for vice president in the 2022 election, Alvarez and Reporma have shited support to the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan against the UniTeam of former Senator Bongbong Marcos, for president. and for vice president, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of President Duterte.

To backstop her vice presidential bid, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party founded by Mayor Sara, is playing an active role in the Davao de Oro politics and has fielded a full slate headed by incumbent governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, son of Chiongkee, who is sliding down to an unopposed run for vice goernor.

The May 9 election in Davao de Oro is a battle between Inday Sara’s HNP and Alvarez’s Reporma: Gonzaga has fielded his politically neophyte wife, former Court of Appeals associate justice Dorothy Gonzaga (Reporma), for governor against comebacking former governor Chiongkee (HNP).

In the Second District, Gonzaga {Reporma) is gunning for his third and last term against former governor Jose Caballero {HNP); in the First District, Maricar Zamora (HNP), incumbent vice goverrnor and former representative, is up against Reporma’s Monkayo vice mayor Joanna Gentugaya.

THE DURIAN POST: Quo vadiz Gonzaga?

Gonzaga debacle already painted in the bad fortune wall

For breaking a unity pact for local political leaders and parties to field and support a common slate for the sake of political peace; and failing to reign in his itch to become governor in 2022, Davao de Oro Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga is reaping whirlwinds that could end his political career when the dust of next year’s election settles down.

Six months away from the May election, the reelectonist 2nd District congressman is ranged against former political allies, the who-is-who in the Davao de Oro politics: Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, his father Provincial Board senior member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, former governor Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, Vice Governor and former 1st District Rep. Maricar Zamora and majority of municipal mayors, councilmen amd barangay captains.

At the moment, Gonzaga’s thin bench consists of himself (he has filed for reelection as 2nd District congressman but with his camp hinting he would switch at the last minute to running for governor to challenge Gov. Uy as subsitute candidate — allowed by Comelec up to November 15); his wife Dorothy (reportedly also being prepped up as substite candidate for Rep. Gonzaga in the Congress or governor’s race; former Mt. Diwata (Diwalwal) barangay captain Franco Tito (who has filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for governor who could be substituted by either Rep. Gonzaga or wife Dorothy); and a bunch of hurriedly organized mayoral candidates to be pitted against the common candidate.

Gonzaga’s current political woes is a story of deceit, treachery taunted by a political virus that infected the congressman with an ambition to become governor in 2022.
The saga of the political treachery of Gonzaga, regional chair of the PDP-Laban, began in May this year when he signed a “covenant” with veteran politician former governor Chiongkee Uy, acknowledged kingpin in Davao de Oro politics and chair of the regional Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) of presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
The covenant, witnessed by church, police and military officials and local political leaders, promarily aimed at peace in the coming elections, with PDP-Laban and HnP fielding common candidates.
The highlights of the covenant include: (1) – Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy unopposed in his third and last term in 2022; (2) – Rep. Gonzaga and Maricar Zamora unopposed in 2022; (3) – common slate in other local elective positions;(4) – Tyron unopposed in Congress run in 2025; (5) – Rep. Gonzaga unopposed for governor in 2025.
But even as reports of the highly-appreciated covenant was still ringing in the air, Gonzaga secretly unleashed a challenger, Provincial Board member Nena Atimosa, to Maricar Zamora, 1st District Congress bet of the HnP, which came alongside with propaganda blitzes from the Gonzaga media camp of barangay captain Franco Tito running against Gov. Uy. The Gonzaga media bureau also floated scenarios of the congressman running for governor.
Tito has filed his CoC as Reporma, seen as a convenient vehicle for substitution by either Gonzaga or wife Dorothy in the governor’s race.
Tito’s ties to Gonzaga dates back to when Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, who resigned as PDP-Laban secretary general and reorganized the opposition party Reporma, waged a protracted war vs. former ally President Rodrigo Duterte, the PDP-Laban chair, and then picked Senator Ping Lacson as candidate for president and Senator Tito Sotto for vice president of the Reporma.
If Gonzaga joins Reporma to substitute for Tito to be able to run for governor, he is forced to combine forces with Alvarez, Lacson and Sotto and the machinery of the opposition party Reporma in attacking Duterte and his candidates, including potential PDP-Laban presidentail candidate Mayor Sara Duterte. How would the voters of Davao de Oro react to seeing Rep. Gonzaga attacking PresidentDuterte and Mayor Inday Sara?
Prior to the October 8 deadline for filing of CoC, Gonzaga further revved up on his political treachery with his PDP-Laban mayoral bets trooping to Comelec to file their bids against candidates covered by the PDP-Laban/Hnp covenant.
Gonzaga’s boldest move was pitifully dropping Atimosa and fielding instead Vice Mayor Joanna Gentugaya, wife of Monkayo Mayor Ramil Gentugaya, as PDP-Laban bet against HnP’s Maricar Zamora in the First District Congress race.
But Chiongkee is well-prepared for the Gonzaga assault and had all war fronts in the coming polls covered.
The Gonzaga debacle is painted in the bad fortune wall:
The veteran political leader has lured ex-nemesis retired former governor Way Kurat back to politics as HnP bet vs. Rep. Gonzaga or his wife in the Congress race.
Chiongkee will drop his plans of political retirement and engage Gonzaga or his wife in case either of them substitue for Franco Tito and run for governor .
In the Davao de Oro election in May 2022, the Chiongkee vs. Gonzaga face-off in the gubernatorial race would be the most exciting, but also saddest, event.
Exciting in that we would see how Chiongkee would demolish an ambitious, treacherous politician like Gonzaga; and saddest for Gonzaga who would see his politics end up in ignominy.
Now, what about Gov. Jayvee Tyron? If the Chiongkee vs. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga pushes through, young Tyron will simply move over to the Congress race by substituting for Way Kurat Zamora vs. Gonzaga’s wifey Dorothy.

QUO VADIS GONZAGA?

DAVAO DE ORO’S REP. GONZAGA TO DUMP DUTERTE, TO JOIN ALVAREZ’S REPORMA

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Congressman Peter Ruwel Gonzaga (2nd District, Davao de Oro) was expected any time to dump President Rodrigo Duterte to join the opposition party Reporma of his political ally former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Reporma, chaired by Alvarez (First District, Davao del Norte), is fielding Senator Ping Lacson for president and Senator Tito Sotto for vice president in the 2022 election.

Gonzaga, still a member of the ruling PDP– Laban that Alvarez previously served as secretary general, was expected to bolt out of the ruling party chaired by Duterte, in his bid to take a crack at the Davao de Oro governorship in the 2022 election.
Gonzaga would be up against reelectionist Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, a Duterte political ally.
Alvarez last year resigned from PDP-Laban and severed ties with Duterte, after attacking the administration of his long time political ally for alleged limp-wristed approach to the Chinese intrusion in the West Philippine Sea and the government’s war on drugs, among others. Alvarez is seeking reelection in next year’s polls.
Gonzaga has filed a Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for reelection, but has given hint his new bid for a Congress seat is not yet final sparking speculations he would take a last-minute switch, with substitution being allowed by Comelec up to November 15, and challenge Governor Uy of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), the regional party of presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
A Comelec ruling says, substitution of candidates maybe allowed but the candidate giving up and the substitute should belong to the same party.
If Gonzaga would run for governor, he has to resign from PDP-Laban and join Alvarez’s Reporma. He could then be a substitute candidate of former barngay captain Franco Tito, a Reporma member who has filed a COC for governor.
Speculations say that Tito was an”advance party” to the governor’s race for Gonzaga, who already had plans to run for governor by substitution. The congressman has junked a covenant with HNP, headed by its regional chair Davao de Oro Board member Arturo Chiongkee Uy, to support a united slate in the 2022 Davao de Oro polls and has instead organized a separate slate, a mix of PDP-Laban and Reporma members, against the HNP candidates.

Also Read: GONZAGA JUNKS PDP-Laban/HNP COVENANT

DAP, Davao de Oro partnership to send 300 ALS studes to school

Congratulations

Provincial Government of Davao de Oro for being one of the 14 LGUs and the only provincial local government unit, as official partner-beneficiary for Alternative Learning System-Education and Skills Training (ALS-EST) of the Development Academy of the PhilippinesDAP sa Mindanao.

Thru the aid of the said program, we will be able to cater 300 out-of-school youths (OSYs) all over the province to continue their academic endeavor thru alternative learning modalities

.Our deepest gratitude to DAP-Mindanao for choosing our golden province to be one of your partners.

Also, this success would never be possible without the active leadership of Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, MPA and ardent support of DepEd Tayo Davao de Oro – ALS team, Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs), and Youth Service Providers (YSPs).Thank you for becoming the instrument of hope and for always believing the power of the youth sector through education.

CATHOLIC CHURCH AGAINST FATHER EM-EM LUEGO RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN DAVAO DE ORO TOWN

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Even as the election is seven months away in May 2022, a Catholic priest running for mayor in Mabini town in Davao de Oro may have already lost: the Catholic Church is vehemently against his bid to win an election, with the Church expected to campaign among Catholic voters to drop the controversial priest.

Fr. Emerson “Em-Em” Luego, parish priest of Sr. Sto. Niño Parish, filed on October 8 his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for mayor of Mabini municipality amid ugly specualtions over why the Cathollic priest would involve himself in local politics.

Fr. Em-em may not expect support from the Catholic vote: Catholics are aware that the Church is against priests dabbling in politics.

“Priests should be involved in politics but they should not be political. We are involved as priests and not as politicians. Ours is not to hold government power but to guide the people to live and choose the right leaders,” Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. said.

The retired Catholic prelate reminded church servants, including priests, who are running for public office that the Church law allows them to run only in “extreme cases” and under the guidance of their bishops.

Reports have it that Fr. Em-Em did not seek permission from the Church primarily because  Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, the former president of the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), did not support his plan to enter politics in the 2022 election.

Without the permission of his bishop, there are consequences for his performance as a priest,” Bacani said.

The bishop added that as a citizen, a priest has the right to lead but as a church servant, his involvement in politics is just to guide the electorate in choosing their leaders.

CONTROVERSIAL PRIEST

Fr. Em-em is widely known to stir up controversies in parishes where he was assigned.

Years ago, as the parish priest in Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte, Fr. Em-Em reportedly acted as consolidator of dollar-earning export Cavendish bananas, illegally sold by small contract banana growers to unlicensed banana exporters, instead of to the banana plantation which financed their production operations.

The illegal scheme known as “pole vaulting” led to huge losses to members of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) operating in the Davao Region and triggered an investigation by the De[artment of Agriculture (DA) and other government agencies.

Even his running for Mabini mayor smacks of controvesry with shades of political treachery: Fr. Em-Em filed his bid at the instance and support of Davao de Oro Second District Rep. Peter Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Davao Region chair of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

In May this year, Gonzaga entered into a “covenant” with Davao de Oro Senior Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy (regional chair of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), for a unified (PDP-Laban/HnP) slate in the 2022 election.

The unity pact involved Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy (HnP) and Gonzaga running unopposed in 2022; with the son of Chiongkee, after his third and last term, also unopposed in the 2nd District Congress run and Gonzaga for goveror, also unopposed, in the 2025 polls.

But in what is seen as open and blatant political treachery against the May covenant, Gonzaga’s PDP-Laban fielded a candidate against First District Rep. Maricar Zamora (HnP) and candidates against HnP in five municipalities including Mabini where Fr. Em-Em is running under the PDP-Laban banner.

The camp of Gonzaga according to reliable sources, including hints dished out by Gonzaga in media interviews, indicated that Gonzaga or his wife, Dorothy, would substitute in the last minute for former Diwalwal barangay captain Franco Tito (Reporma) who has filed his bid for governor, to run against Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy.

The Catholic Church position against priests in politics is clearly stipulayed in Canon Law 285 that states that clerics are forbidden to assume public offices, which entail a participation in the exercise of civil power.

“Without the permission of their ordinary, they are not to take on the management of goods belonging to lay persons or secular offices which entail an obligation of rendering accounts. They are prohibited from giving surety even with their own goods without consultation with their proper ordinary. They also are to refrain from signing promissory notes, namely, those through which they assume an obligation to make payment on demand,” the Code of Canon Law states.

Report say that three priests are aspiring to be elected in the May 2022 polls — Fr. Granwell Pitapit of the Diocese of Libmanan, Camarines Sur, running as mayor; Fr. Emmanuel Alparce of the Diocese of Sorsogon, running as councilor in Bacacay, Albay; and Fr. Em-Em.


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WARRING FACTIONS IN DAVNOR POWER COOP SETTLE 7-YEAR DISPUTE

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After seven years of dispute, two factions fighting over control of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) have put an end to their bickering.

The factions–Daneco-National Electrification Association (Daneco-NEA) and the Daneco-Cooperative Development Authority (Daneco-CDA)– wrote finis to the squabble with the signing of a resolution of reconciliation in Tagum City on Thursday.

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The reconciliation was brokered by former Compostela Valley Province Governor Arturo Uy and his son, incumbent Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy.

Daneco serves about 200,000 electric consumers in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.

The conflict, which sometimes led to violence, started in 2012 when the Daneco management split into two, with each group insisting over the electric form’s operations, including the collection of monthly dues.

This resulted in confusion among consumers and caused huge damage to the cooperative.

Under Thursday’s resolution, both parties agreed to merge under the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco) Inc. (with PNA report)