Archive | June 29, 2007

Brothers pledge continuity in Samal governance

PEÑAPLATA, Island Garden City of Samal (MindaNews/28 June) — It was a brother to brother affair at the turnover rites as the city’s newly elected officials took their oath of office in this tourist island city on Wednesday.

Outgoing Mayor Rogelio Antalan, 69, elder brother of mayor-elect Aniano, 66, was emotional in his parting speech, exhorting the incoming officials for excellence in work and partnership with the people, two strategies he said that took in his full nine year term.

Antalan said they can boast of their achievements because it is a product of a “successful partnership between the executive and the city council and the people of IGACOS (Island Garden City of Samal).” Read More…


Duterte takes oath with congressmen, except Nograles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) —  President Arroyo’s two Dabawenyo allies, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and House Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles, will not take their oath of offices at the same time.

Duterte will take his oath Saturday, with two of Davao’s three congressmen at the City Hall entrance with a reception at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

Judge Antonina Escovilla of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 2 will administer the mayor’s oath while Judge Emmanuel Carpio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio will swear in reelected 2nd district Rep. Vincent Garcia and 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab.

Nograles told MindaNews in a text message Thursday that he will take his oath in Manila over the weekend, administered by President Arroyo.

He said he wasn’t invited to Duterte’s oath-taking. The invitation sent by the Office of the City Mayor for the oath-taking did not have the legislator’s name on the program.

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Lost and Found in Samal

After cocktails at the party launching Duty Free Philippines’ return to Davao on Wednesday, I hurried to Samal Island with another reporter to cover the inaugural ceremonies of the newly elected city government officials there.

Somebody told me my energy was amazing, it was already past 1p.m. when we took the ferry from Sasa Onse to Babak pier.

It wasn’t, however, a sound decision. Of course, not because the coverage was not worth it.

I always find solace in the island across that’s why I wasn’t able to resist the temptation to tag along. Rural life is irresistable, especially when work gets into your nerves as stressful. To cross the Davao Gulf with the 15-minute boat ride was like taking a dose of stress management. Read More…