The Lady or the General? Mangaldan mayor in a quandary who to support

September 14, 2009 at 1:28 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Mangaldan -– This town mayor is in a bind whom to support in the coming congressional poll next year.

Mayor Herminio Romero said he was having a difficult time deciding who he will support because the “probable congressional aspirants are highly qualified.”

“Talagang napakahirap. Pareho silang mahuhusay, mabait, and both are qualified – the wife (Gina) of the good (former) Speaker (Jose de Venecia), and (retired) General (Art Lomibao),” he said.

When asked about the latest pronouncement of the former speaker that the five mayors of the 4th District will give Lomibao zero support, Romero answered in the affirmative.

He said the mayors in the said district communicate with each other. He stressed that the latest consensus is all of them will support Gina

Romero said the people of this town are watching if Lomibao is serous in his bid for congress.

He said however that the body languages of the retired general show he has a moist eye for congress.

In an interview featured in Northern Watch recently, the former Speaker said the mayor will abandon the new Lakas-Kampi Party where Lomibao is expected to run since he is identified with the administration.

De Venecia said however that Lomibao cannot count on the support of Administration mayors because “they are my men.”

He added his mayors will abandon the new party because President Gloria M. Arroyo is already finished.

“In a few months from now, many people will try to send her to prison. The declines of Gloria will be very rapid,” he continued.

Meanwhile, this town mayor launches a series of health, social and economic programs to help alleviate the standard of living of the people here.
He led officials from the town’s agricultural office by inoculating farm animals like carabaos and cows in some barangays here last Sept 4.

Romero said this was a preventive measure against diseases that could afflict the farmers’ cattle.

In cooperation with the Church of the Latter Day’s Saint commonly known as the Mormons, and the Philippine National Red Cross, the mayor also led a blood letting campaign at the compound of the said church last September 6.

Donated blood, he said, would be stocked in the blood bank of the PNRC so those who need it can immediately avail of it.

The mayor said the donors, who will be given by the PNRC with a donor’s card, will be given priority in case they need blood.

“I am thankful to the cooperation of Floyd Jardeleza (District Director of the Mormons), and Marlon Perez (Team Captain of the PNRC) because of the influx of donors. We intend to conduct this bloodletting jointly and annually. Our goal is to have 100 bags (of blood) in one setting,” Romero said.

In September 6, the mayor led his subordinates and some officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office in a medical-dental mission that was held at the Municipal Youth Development Center here.

He said the give-away medicines for the people came from the municipal funds, and the PCSO, while the volunteer doctors came from this town, and from the Regional Medical Center in Dagupan City .

The mission covered people that came from this town’s 30 barangays.

On Sept. 16, the mayor leads public school officials and pupils in planting 2000 seedlings all over this town.

“This was my program since I became a mayor, it will be my 5th year in office. With 2000 seedlings a year that would be 10, 000 trees that I hope would all survive,” he explained.

This town will open its first infirmary on September 28; it will be a five-bed-maternity clinic where giving of birth will be free of charge to the residents who are card bearing members.

“If you’re not a card bearer, you pay only P2000,” he said.

On Sept. 29, Romero will lead corporate entities from Manila, Makati, Subic, and Clark for a job placement to graduates of this town who are looking for jobs locally and abroad.

“That is a special job fair to allow sons and daughters of Mangaldan who are unemployed to be given a chance to employed,” he stressed.

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