Bataoil says ‘Congressman’ is fulfilling

May 19, 2010 at 9:21 am Leave a comment


By Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre

LINGAYEN – He held different key positions in the Philippine National Police (PNP), serving three PNP chiefs. He retired from the police service as a two-star general.

But congressman-elect Leopoldo Bataoil said the title “congressman” of the second district of Pangasinan is more fulfilling.

“This title is a result of people’s voice, love and outpouring of support. And there’s no better and more fulfilling title than this title that had been bestowed on me by the people. And the voice of the people is the voice of God, and I believe that this is God-given. It is all in God’s greater plan,” he said after his proclamation Friday afternoon.

He said his entering politics is a continuation of his passion of serving the people. He filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) just before the last day of filing closed

Bataoil garnered 74,705 votes as against former CIBAC partylist representative Kim Lokin’s 36,087 votes, former board member Arthel Caronongan’s 31,902 votes and outgoing Board Member Nestor Reyes’ 24,337 votes.

There was no major funfare in Bataoil’s campaign. In fact, some of his friends were very concerned as he was very silent.

“One of the factors that helped me in winning this electoral process is my going to places my opponents have never been to. I’ve seen very remote

places like the farthest end of Mangatarem (barangay Cacawiten); the farthest end of Aguilar (Sitio Mapita); to the very remote places of the different towns of Urbiztondo and Binmaley (I went to Pototan where you have to ride a banca during high tide and walk during low tide. In the middle of the night, we walked to reach out the people,” he narrated.

“In Lingayen, my hometown, I really thank the outpouring of support. I have not campaigned with the party I’m supposed to be with. But I really felt the love of the Lingayenenses even if my own little way I feel that it was inadequate, They gave their full support. And the result are very encouraging,” he said.

Re-elected Lingayen Mayor Ernesto Castaneda, his partymate in the Lakas- Kampi-CMD, supported the candidacy of Reyes who ran under the Nacionalista Party.

“People from all walks of life, I’ve seen them, I’ve felt them, and I’ve experienced also their way of life. And today as I receive the proclamation of the Provincial Board of Canvassers, I say it again that I commit myself my passion for public service for God, country and our people,” Bataoil further said.

He said aside from his commitment to visit back the remote places, he also promised his wife Gina to really do so as “she the living conditions of the people there.”

Bataoil is the second retired police officer to successfully jump from to the political arena at the second district, and on the same electoral post.

Re-elected Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. first ran for congress in 2001 and was re-elected in 2004. In 2007, Espino he was elected as governor.

Meanwhile, Bataoil’s mistah retired Gen. Silverio Alarcio Jr. was elected as mayor of Laoac town at the fifth district of Pangasinan.

Both are members of the Philippine Military Academy Magilas Class of 1976.

Entry filed under: News.

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