December 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

Political “chopsuey”

Political chopsuey is what described our political party system in the country. Like a “chopsuey”- a Filipino dish with mixtures of vegetables like cabbage, pechay, carrot, baguio beans, red and green chilis, etc., political slates of candidates who filed their certificates of candidacies from November 20 to December 1 belong to various political parties.

Where can you find a local slate with all the dominant parties in one group? Where can you find a party adopting a candidate and yet this adopted candidate will field candidates under his party? These are the whirlwind questions now in politics because people are already confused on whom to support and vote.

To some political observers particularly in the province of Pangasinan , this situation in the political system is counterproductive. This might lead to political fiasco for some candidates as they will be branded as opportunists.

My apologies to Governor Espino.

But take for example Urdaneta City . The Nationalist People’s Coalition and Biskeg na Pangasinan under Mayor Amadeo R.Perez, Jr. has adopted Governor Amadeo Espino, Jr. as the gubernatorial bet.

However, Lakas-Kampi-CMD in which Governor Espino as the provincial chair has fielded Vice Mayor Julio Parayno as the mayoral candidate. Parayno will be contesting the mayoral candidacy of Bobom Perez who is the bet of NPC-Biskeg. When election campaign comes, who of the two will be endorsed by Espino? If he will indorse anyone of them, what will be the feeling of the other? If he will not indorse one, what will be the feeling of the official candidate of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD?

This is the same case in Villasis and probably in most towns in the province. How can this be remedied?

Let’s leave it to them. This is how our political system works. It makes us dizzy and dazzled.


This is now my Battle Royale in local politics, part 2.

Sison Mayor Kimi Cojuangco’s bid for 5th district congressional seat is not unopposed after all. A legal luminary of Binalonan in the person of former court of appeals justice Demetrio Demetria and a Villasis pastor Martin Fao-ilan will be challenging her. Of the two challengers, Demetria has the edge having been in the provincial political limelight quite sometime. He is also known provincewide because of his wife Editha Guico-Demetria who had been a Board Member and the President of the Lady Legislators League of the Philippines .

For the mayoralty fight in Binalonan, it will be a three cornered fight among incumbent Vice Mayor Ramon Guico III, Councilor Francis Melville V. Tinio, a lawyer and Councilor Myrna Belle Uy- wife of Board Member Danny Uy.

In Sison, the Cojuangcos have fielded Mina Joy Pangasinan as their mayoral bet who will be fighting against a come backing Goliath – former Mayor Dionisio Lagmay.

For the congressional seat in the 4th district, it appears that Manay Gina de Venecia is already a run-away winner. General Arturo Lomibao backed out from the race and made a position ala-Chiz Escudero- “it’s not yet time for me to run.” (Celia Lim, wife of former Dagupan Mayor and former fourth district Rep. Benjamin Lim, is running as congressman in the fourth district– editor)
In the 2nd district congressional race, retired Police General Leopoldo Bataoil will be pitted against the wife of Rep. Victor E. Agbayani, who will be having a come back for the gubernatorial post. Will the husband and wife team will make it this time? Or, will it be another political blunder on their part by fielding two members of the family in the political arena at the same time. Will it be a déjà vu? One will win and the other will lose?

Congressional race in the 3rd district will be contested between Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas and Galant Soriano. Will the magic of FVR and Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas works again this time?
Well, big names in politics are again edging with each other. Sabi nga ng kapitbahay ko, wala na bang iba? I told him pointblank : “There can only be change in the political system, if you will not be blinded by the money of the politicians.”
“Ako mismo” – start from here.
(For comments email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

Entry filed under: Opinion.

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