BY PERCY A OSTONAL
Early campaign … The JP regular eight Sanggguniang bayan members, federation presidents of "Sangguniang-bayan” and “Sangguniang Kabataan" travelled recently to Davao City to attend the national convention of the Philippine Councilors League. Each of the delegate was said to have P20,000 allotment for lodging/accommodation, food, land and air travel expenses. It has been reported that the cost of this annual gathering of cities and towns councilors across the nation was funded by the national government. The PCL was established in 1990 with "public service above self" as their organization’s official motto. The current president, movie star and councilor of Paranaque City Alma Moreno delivered the opening remarks and welcomed the 3,000 delegates. San Juan Rizal representative and its former mayor, son of former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada and brother of Senator Jinggoy Estrada (senate president pro-tempore ), Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito who was the keynote speaker during the welcome dinner last Tuesday, Feb 5 was introduced by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Surprisingly, she endorsed the candidacy for this mid-term May election of Ejercito before the 3,000 local politicians. "His track records in San Juan speak of how he works. So, I would like to personally endorse his candidacy to the senate. JV Ejercito, based on a major survey conducted recently, ranks among the leading candidates to make the top four. "Bahala nang ma-electioneering ako … hindi naman ako tatakbo," Duterte said with her biggest smile ever!!! The crowd followed with thunderous laughter!!!. Mayor Duterte-Carpio has been a public servant for six years in Davao City. She was vice-mayor from 2007 to 2010 and mayor from 2010-13. Having been experienced in an unwanted limelight, she advised more than 3,000 members of the PCL just to stay COOL. "Ang natutuhan ko po is always keep your cool, huwag pong mag-init ang ulo. It’s a very important lesson that I learned.” She became nationally and even Internationally famous when she attacked and punched several times a court sheriff who did not listen to her plea to allow her a grace time of two hours before the shanties’ demolition started at baranggay Kapitan Thomas Montaverde St Suliman, Agdao district on June 21, 2011. The writ of demolition was issued by RTC II branch 16 presiding judge Emmanuel Carpio. Prior to demolition, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was attending to the needs of the flood victims. She is not seeking re-election nor running for any position in this year's poll. (Inserts of information courtesy of Sun Star Davao/Sunnex, Feb 6-8, 2013 - Arlanne Caryl N Casas )
Don't want to be branded as "EPALS" in Mambulao? If you're one of those running for Sangguniang-bayan in JP or any other elective offices in this May 16 local election, never show that "PA- POGI" on Facebook or Twitter before the official campaign season starts on March 30. The word "EPAL" might apply to you based on how you say things in perspective about yourself. This was the advised of a young voter who spoke with our local reporter in JP. Nice to remember the "old-Mambulao lingo "HUH!” Perhaps, we can add this into it!!!
Simple political arithmetic in JP. Our local reporter spoke with a former Jose Panganiban SB member and current political supporter of "Padilla-Non tambalan", and he said that: "Ang gusto ni Mayor Dong Padilla at Vice-Mayor Aye Non ay iisa at buong administrasyon Sangguniang-bayan candidates ang magpatuloy ng mga proyektong-pangbayan. Meaning, walang maiiwan at lahat ng walong kandidato sa konseho ay dapat magkakasamang mananalo. Ang taong-bayan, una sa lahat ay umaasa sa patuloy na progresso sa bayang Mambulao at once na may “maka-singngit" na hindi ka-partido ... seguradong "mahabang usapan at delay ang bawat resolution sa konseho-municipal … at tiyak itong darating. Being there before, I know the consequences. Anything better than 8-to-0 shutout???” Abangan po natin ang magiging resulta ng election.
A house is not a home ... Without Mayor Dong around, Vice-Mayor Ariel "Aye" Non acting as mayor is simply getting "loaded" every day; the longer the town’s executive stays in Metro Manila on official errands, the pressure gets heavier. Our news correspondent in Mambulao was told by a highly-reliable source that the mayor is on a "fishing expedition" for the much-needed infrastructure funding from his national political connections and friends. It is apparent that the on-going projects not covered by the election ban need to be pursued and the only way such thing could be done is through vigorous personal follow-up on funds support and early funding releases. "It's FUN dito sa munisipyo kapag narito si Mayor Dong … parang laging may PISTAHAN, one municipal employee said. As soon as Mayor Dong Padilla shows up, the whole building seems to light up … and the glow all over the place is for sure back, a smiling female temporary worker said to our news reporter.
Next project: Baranggay Parang bridge. As to who will assume the reconstruction and funding of Parang bridge per report reaching MWBuzz remains the biggest question. Our local reporter was told that it is the job of the DPWH-CN (provincial) and on the other hand, someone said it should be the municipality of Jose Panganiban. Well, we will get to you the right information on our next report. For now, it is good to know of this development specially for Parang residents.
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