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Treñas scores Gonzalezes for harassments

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

“ILOILO City is not a kingdom.”

Mayor Jerry Treñas issued these words of caution to his political rivals amidst reports that the Office of the Ombudsman will file charges against him relative to the anomalous P134-million housing project located in Pavia, Iloilo.

Treñas, who is running for Iloilo City congressman, said the housing project issue keeps on resurrecting during election time to put his name and administration down.

He said he was surprised why his political nemeses, Sec. Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. and Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr., have been discussing the developments of the case which has been gathering dust in the Ombudsman central office.

“My conscience is clear and I have done what I thought should have been done in that case. And if charges will be filed against me, so be it. We don’t flee from such things anyway. But this only shows that other people are experts in what we call waslik poder (abuse of power). The people will analyze and decide on the basis of what they are doing,” the mayor said.

Treñas said the Gonzalezes are experts in “harassments, intimidation and pressure.”

The mayor also reacted to the so-called “Three Kings” in the Gonzalez camp who have been criticizing his administration.

“The city of Iloilo is not a kingdom owned by anyone. This is our city and all of us have a stake in our city, its growth and development through the years and that bickering and intrigues spawned by our enemies should not affect the city’s growth,” Treñas said.

The Gonzalezes said they have nothing to do with any action of the Ombudsman relative to the substandard housing project.

But Sec. Gonzalez Sr. told the Iloilo media Monday that we was responsible for telling the Ombudsman to hide the case so that Treñas will not face charges and get suspended early in his administration.

Sec. Gonzalez also said he was responsible for Treñas’ election as mayor and he only protected the latter.

Treñas said Sec. Gonzalez might be taking too much credit for the mayor’s political career.

“Damu na nga tomboy sa akun. Hasta ako mapatay siguro tumbuyon man niya ako gihapun. You all know the situation in Iloilo City. When I ran for reelection, my votes were higher than his son’s (Rep. Gonzalez Jr.). But they keep on harping that they helped me,” Treñas said.


Treñas also denied the claims of Rep. Gonzalez Jr. that he signed the housing project contract with Ace Builders Enterprises.

The mayor said he only implemented the contract which was signed and approved during the administration of former mayor Mansueto Malabor.

“There was already an initial payment to the contractor by the previous administration. During my watch, I only paid for services rendered. I did not sign the contract because it was already ratified by the previous administration.

Despite the word war, the mayor said he wishes the Gonzalezes well for the upcoming holidays.

“I want to greet them a very Merry Christmas this season and may the good Lord touch their hearts,” Treñas said.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo and Lydia C. Pendon

THE “proxy political war” between two political behemoths in Iloilo City through punong barangays continues.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, who is running for congressman versus incumbent Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr., said he will not recognize new district presidents of three Associations of Barangay Captains (ABC) in the city.

Punong Barangays Carlos Guarin of Aguinaldo, LaPaz and Jonas Bellosillo of Simon Ledesma, Jaro lost the ABC district headship following the coup d ‘etat staged by their colleagues.

Roberto Divinagracia of San Agustin resigned the presidency of ABC-Iloilo City proper district.

Guarin, Bellosillo and Divinagracia are supporting Treñas’ candidacy for congressman.

Punong Barangay Ernie Poral of Ingore replaced Guarin after 16 of the 25 barangays captains voted Poral as ABC-LaPaz head.

Romualdo Jalandoni of Gen. Hughes took over Divinagracia’s post.

Barangay Captain Lovejoy Hosenilla of Buntatala, Jaro replaced Bellosillo after 22 of 42 punong barangays in Jaro ousted the latter.

But Treñas said he will continue to support and recognize the three ousted ABC presidents.

Treñas said he is still the city mayor and the barangay captains are under his jurisdiction.

He said that development projects will be coursed trough the incumbent barangay captains and ABC district presidents he recognizes.

“Lest they forget, I am the only one chief executive of this city and this chaos at the barangay level shows a dangerous pattern of local politics,” he said.

The mayor said barangay leaders should be left alone and they should remain non-partisan.

“They should stand firm and not follow unjust instructions from persons claiming to be powerful,” he said.

Treñas said the barangay leaders should be left alone and must remain non-partisan. They should stand firm and not follow unjust instructions from persons claiming to be powerful.

The Gonzalez camp claims 144 of the 180 barangay captains in seven city districts are loyal to their group.

Last Saturday, the ABC-LaPaz faction headed by Poral tried to hold an assembly at their office in LaPaz plaza but failed as the office was closed,

Poral said Guarin has yet to turn over the keys to the ABC-LaPaz office.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

PARTIDO Lakas Kampi (PLK) will decide soon if who will be the administration party’s standard bearer in Iloilo City.

House Majority Floor Leader Arthur D. Defensor Sr. said PLK’s arbitration committee will deliberate if who between Sec. Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. and Undersecretary Lorenzo “Larry” Jamora will lead the party in the city.

Both Gonzalez and Jamora are eyeing the Iloilo City Mayor’s Office in the 2010 elections.

Gonzalez is a member of Lakas and the coalition party’s vice president for legal affairs while Jamora is identified with the Kapatiran ng Mamayang Pilipino (Kampi), the original political party of President Gloria Arroyo.

Lakas-CMD and Kampi merged last May in preparation for the 2010 national and local elections.

Defensor, who is a member of the arbitration committee, said the principle of equity of the incumbent cannot apply on Iloilo City’s mayoral race since Mayor Jerry Treñas is serving his last three year term.

“The post is open as Mayor Treñas cannot seek reelection anymore. The arbitration committee will settle this matter soon,” Defensor said.

Jamora said he will get Kampi’s endorsement as the party’s mayoral bet in the city.

But Iloilo City Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr. said his father will secure PLK’s nomination for the top post in Iloilo City.

“We respect Mr. Jamora’s belief that he has the backing of Kampi but I believe that Sec. Gonzalez will be the administration’s candidate here in the city,” Rep. Gonzalez said.

Still, Jamora said he can run as independent without the backing of any party.

“With or without the party, I am decided to run for Iloilo City mayor,” he said.

Two days after Treñas declared his intention to run for Iloilo City congressman, reports surfaced that Sec. Gonzalez might run for congressman while his son Rep. Raul Jr. will slide to the mayoral race.


Meanwhile, Rep. Defensor said the decision of Mayor Treñas to leave Lakas so he can run for congressman is a big blow to the administration party.

“But I respect Mayor Treñas’ decision. It was a natural recourse for him,” Defensor said.

Defensor said he saw himself in Treñas’ shoes when he first ran for Iloilo governor in 1992 against former Gov. Simplicio Griño.

“I had to leave my old party and join Lakas because Griño enjoyed the equity of the incumbent,” Defensor said.

Defensor said the match between Rep. Gonzalez and Treñas “will be a good and interesting fight.”


The Liberal Party has invited Treñas to be their group’s congressional bet in Iloilo City.

Former Senator and LP president Franklin M. Drilon said he relayed the invitation to Treñas after the latter decided to run for congress.

Drilon said over Aksyon Radyo that Treñas was non-committal “but he promised to think things over.”

LP held its Visayas-wide convention at Westown Hotel Thursday to choose its delegates to the national convention on November 16.

Among the 80 delegates present in the Visayas convention was Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who is running for city mayor.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

NOVEMBER will be a month of revelations as regards politics in Iloilo City.

Tomorrow, November 3, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas will announce his political plans for the 2010 elections in a 9am press conference at his law office on Iznart Street.

Treñas has several options regarding his political career:

–         quit politics;

–         remain with the group of Sec. Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. and slide to the vice mayoral post;

–         accept Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s invitation to run for congressman;

–         join the group of mayoral candidate Lorenzo “Larry” Jamora.

Treñas said he agonized over his decision and reflected on what is good for him, his family and the city.

The so-called Jerry Treñas for Congressman Movement gathered more than 10,000 signatures of people who claim to support the mayor’s candidacy for the city’s lone congressional seat.

If Treñas runs for congressman, he will face incumbent Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr.

After Treñas’ announcement, Mabilog will also announce their complete slate in a press conference around 11am of November 3.

Mabilog, who will run for mayor next year, described their slate as the “dream team” of Iloilo City as it is composed of representatives from various sectors in the city.

Sec. Gonzalez, who will also run for mayor, will also announce his running mate in two weeks.

Gonzalez, the chief presidential legal counsel, said he will seek the consensus of their party if who will be his running mate.

“Under the principle of equity of the incumbent, Jerry (Treñas) will get the slot of vice mayor. If he does not run for that post, we will look for a replacement via consensus,” Gonzalez said his TV and radio bloctime program “Counterstrike.”

Gonzalez said he had a 2-hour dinner with Treñas last Saturday “but he did not say anything about his decision.”

“Daw wala pa bala kaagahun (There’s no dawn yet). There are many speculations but we will just wait for the mayor’s announcement,” he added.

Gonzalez said he will tender his resignation from his cabinet post so he can file his certificate of candidacy before the November 30 deadline.

June 2020

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