EAVESDROPPER:The mayoralties in the province’s 5th district

March 11, 2010 at 3:27 am 1 comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

As the formal election campaign for local politics starts on March 26, candidates for mayoralty positions in the 5th district in the province are becoming spectacles. Speculations from political camps are beginning to emerge on who will likely be the possible winners on May 10, 2010 polls.

The 5th district is composed of 9 towns- Bautista, Alcala , Sto. Tomas, Villasis, Urdaneta City , Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison.

In Bautista, the mayoralty seat is already on the hands of the incumbent Mayor Amadeo “Pogi” Espino III, being unopposed.

In Alcala, Mayor Manuel Collado is comfortable over his opponent who is claimed as having no mass support.

Sto. Tomas is still dominated by Mayor Vivien Villar who has no political opponent.

As we moved eastward, the fight between Libradita Go-Abrenica (wife of incumbent Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica) against retired police general Ismael Rafanan is something to watch. Will the first lady Dita lash out the general who to some political kibitzers is gaining more supporters from the barangays of the town? Can the general muster comfortable lead when March 26 comes as the Abrenica team as of today is reported to be enjoying popular support from the town’s electorates?

In Urdaneta City, the toss-up between Amadeo “Bobom” Perez III and Vice Mayor Julio Parayno is reaching its intensity. Bobom, the shy and unassuming mayoral bet is reported to have gained grounds. But Parayno is silently working hard and constantly visiting every barangay in the city. A political observer in the city said that if Bobom wins, his lead votes over Parayno would be slim and vice versa.

Binalonan town is worth observing. Will it be the end of the political reign of the Guicos? Incumbent Vice Mayor Ramon Guico III is pitted against Councilor Francis Melville Tinio who has reportedly gained higher popularity from the town’s electorates with his platform of government. Tinio once said in an interview that he’s offering himself as an alternative candidate to the people. Tinio, a young lawyer, has positioned himself to be the unbeatable mayoral candidate in the town. On the other hand, Guico has the backing of his father, Mayor Ramon Guico, Sr., who is running as senator. Will Tinio ultimately snatch the mayoralty from the hands of the Guicos? That we have to observe as election campaign rolls on.

Another interesting town is Pozorrubio. Incumbent Mayor Emma Chan is bowing out from office so her husband cum consultant and political mentor Artemio Chan decided for a mayoralty come back. But what’s this I heard that the Chans were not able to complete their slate- no vice mayoralty bet with only four councilors in the ticket?

Chan will be running against come backing opponent Ernesto Go who according to political observers in the town, has gained mass support. Go is said to be enjoying also the support of two vice mayoral candidates and his complete line-up of councilor candidates. What is more interesting in this town is that Councilor Dennis Uy, who’s an ally of the Chans before, is now supporting the candidacy of Go. Is this a sign that the Chans will now be dislodged by fellow Chinoys?

In Sison where the Cojuangcos reign has also another story. The Cojuangco’s bet Councilor Mina Pangasinan has been reported to be tail ender with Dionisio Lagmay leading. Lagmay used to be a mayor of the town with political backing from the Cojuangcos. Kimi Cojuangco took the rein of the town from Lagmay and the rest is history. I presumed Lagmay did not sever ties with the Cojuangcos, but as events unfold in the town, the Cojuangcos are supporting other candidate. With this situation, does it augur well for the candidacy of Kimi as 5th district representative? The situation in Sison is a challenging work for Rep.Mark Cojuangco. Could Mark sway votes for Mina Pangasinan or an alliance with Lagmay will be groomed in the near future?

That’s the political situation in the 5th district as of now. As I’ve said, the real battle will start on March 26 and ends on May 8, 2010. Political speculations will gradually change and by then the situations emerging at present will be reversed. (For comments email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

Entry filed under: Opinion.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carlos R. Sarmiento  |  April 14, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Congratulations for the updated info in your eavesdropper Gil.
    I eavesdrop everyday to be informed of the latest, from Pinas.

    Good work.
    Manong Carlos


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