Bono Adaza

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By Ben Emata

From Across the Seas

Sunday, December 29, 2013


IN TIME for the holiday season, Manny Quisumbing, a veteran newspaperman from Cagayan de Oro City who is now permanently residing in New Jersey City and me, based in San Jose, California, had a long distance phone interview with former assemblyman and provincial governor of Misamis Oriental, Atty. Homobono Adaza who is based in Metro Manila.

Adaza opened his remarks by greeting the Mindanaons for joyous Christmas and peace on earth this holiday season. He disclosed that he is launching two new books he authored: the Corona Impeachment and the other that relates to freedom for the brave. The triangle interview that ran thousands of miles from one another covered so many issues about Philippine politics and the affairs of the government in relation to the needed reform of the country. He has authored about 10 books to this day that were distributed in the USA and the Philippines.

Adaza who founded the Mindanao Alliance, a political party in Northern Mindanao that catapulted to power himself as provincial governor, Reuben Canoy as ssemblyman and Nene Pimentel as city mayor of Cagayan de Oro.
The group, however, did not last long as the three superpowers developed a serious political misunderstanding that broke up the infant party that was intended to spread throughout the whole country. A lot of Kagay-anons expressed regrets over the breakup saying the future of the new party was so bright and it was gathering supporters so fast.

Adaza declared he supports total reform in the country but he regretted so much the kind of move that the national government is undertaking as unappealing. A lot of things should be involved in the process in order to arrive at the objectives. Although he did not elaborate well, it appears that the kind of reforms, which the national leadership has started, is missing the target.

Asked if he has some plans in the future political activities, he did not emphasize anything although he seems to be far from retiring from politics. He still engages in fulltime law practice as he goes on writing for new books that touch on Philippine politics.

Adaza, a brilliant law practitioner for a long time plans to visit his friends and relatives in the United States of America. He said he would meet Quisumbing and me for discussions on other subjects important to the Filipino people.

I met Adaza and his family some seven years ago at the 60th floor of the world-famous Equinox Restaurant in downtown San Francisco. With him during that talk was his wife and daughter, who just passed the bar examination.

[Email: benemata@yahoo.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 29, 2013.

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