The Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao has no record of any complaint filed against Davao de Oro Provincial Board member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, belying reports that an alleged case of corruption and extortion has been filed by overstaying Chinese national Yuehui Li against the former governor.
The report about the Ombudsman case against Uy has been widely propagandized for many months now by a group publicly known as “Otso Inidoro,” which openly claim as the media outfit of Team Gonzaga and RPG Team of Davao de Oro 2nd District Rep. Peter Ruwel Gonzaga.
Uy, who is running for governor against former associate justice of the Court of Appeals Dorothy Gonzaga, wife of Gonzaga, in the May election, has said the claim, now discredited by Ombudsman, is part of black propaganda against him and son Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy.
In the alleged complaint with the Ombudsman, as broadcast by the Otso Inidoro radiomen, Li, who is engaged in a desilting and dredging project in Nabunturan town that recovered gold dusts drained downstream into Naboc River from gold processing plants in the minesites of Davao de Oro, claimed that Uy demanded P1.5 million a month and gold shares from Li’s business.
Gonzaga himself has claimed that such a case has been filed with the Ombudsman by Li, who has been arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) as an illegal alien.
“The public should not believe the claim of congenital liars Gonzaga and his Otso Inidoro paid hacks about the case as the records of the Ombudsman denied that there is such a case filed against Provincial Board member Uy,” said the camp of the former governor in a statement dated March 10.
“The false claim about the Ombudsman case against PB member Uy is but one of the many lies and black propaganda invented by the fertile but dirty imagination and phantasy of Gonzaga, and peddled by his Otso Inidoro paid hacks, to save his corrupt image and destroy Uy and Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, ” said the statement.
The Otso Inidoro is a group of eight radio broadcasters who are not credited by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) noted for black propaganda against the Uys and promoting Gonzaga in block time radio programs in several Tagum City-based FM radio stations.
The broadcasters are listed in the payroll of the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol under the office of Governor Edwin Jubahib, with monthly salaries of from P15,000 to P30,000.
Politics explain why Otso Inidoro is doing propaganda work in Davao de Oro even as they are paid by the office of Jubahib.
Although they belong to separate parties, Jubahib (Reporma) and Gonzaga (PDP-Laban) are allies of former House Speaker Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, chairman of the opposition Reporma party.
Uy is a stalwart of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, which gravitates around the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP- Laban) chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte.
As the alleged case filed against Uy in the Ombudsman is a regular topic of discussion by the Otso Inidoro radiomen, Gonzaga has also claimed a case against Uy has been filed with the anti-graft body. He vowed to initiate a legislative investigation by the Hoouse on the Ombudsman complaint, when interviewed on radio on March 10 by one of the Otso Inidoro broadcasters.
The congressman’s intervention has led the Bureau of Immigration to investigate if Gonzaga could be charged with harboing an illegal alien in violation of the Immigration Law. Li had gone into hiding with Valmonte for two months until his arrest in Panabo City by virtue of a Nission Order issued by Bureau of Immigration Commissiner Jaime Morente.
The camps of Uy and Gonzaga are gearing up for battle in the May 9 election.
Gonzaga, even as he is the Davao Region chair of the ruling PDP-Laban chaired by President Duterte, has organized a hybrid slate with the opposition party Reporma chaired by Alvarez, former Duterte political ally turned foe and vocal critic, against the Uy-led HNP of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Gonzaga has fielded his wife, Dorothy Gonzaga (Reporma) against comebacking former governor Uy in the gubernatorial race; and former Mt. Diwata barangay captain Franco Tito (Reporma) vs. Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, son of Chiongkee Uy, in the vice governor race. Gonzaga’s reelection is being challenged by former governor Jose Caballero (HNP) .