BY ROGER M. BALANZA
From nuisance presidential candidate to self-proclaimed president of an imaginary island state he called Republic of Mindanesia and now a gatecrasher, Ely Pamatong is unstoppable in seeking media attention at every turn.
Presidential Security Guards shooed him away from a gathering in Davao City last week, as he tried to barge into a hotel where city mayors had gathered for a summit, to sell his idea of creating a Republic of Mindanesia out of Mindanao.
A lawyer who wants to carve out Mindanao as an island state for Christians with himself as its president, earned an unwelcome handling in Davao City last week, pushed out of a summit with President Benigno Aquino as guest.
Ely Pamatong, who two weeks ago declared himself as president of the Republic of Mindanesia, was shooed away from the gathering of government officials that President Aquino was to address, to which he was not invited.
Upon sight, members of the Presidential Security Guard