Bince files for last term as provincial board member

October 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Board Member Alfonso Bince

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY — The longest serving provincial board member of Pangasinan filed his certificate of candidacy for probably his last term of office.
Provincial Board Member Alfonso Bince, 76, of Pangasinan sixth district, 76, would have served as provincial board member for 25 years next year.
He served under four governors of Pangasinan — Conrado Estrella Sr., Cipriano Primicias, Aguedo Agbayani, Oscar Orbos, Victor Agbayani and Amado Espino Jr.
Bince was board member from 1968-1977, 1992 to 2002, and 2007-2013. He is now gunning for his “final term” next year, running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
He first became a board member of the province in 1968 when he was appointed as such by deposed President Marcos for the seat vacated by then board member Antonio Villar Sr. who run for Congress to represent the sixth district.
His fist taste of elections was in 1972 when only Pangasinan had only three board members and elected provincewide. The other two were Porfirio Sison and Agerico Rosario who both had passed on.
“My contemporaries in 1972 when I first run as board member are already gone.I am blessed because of us three, I am the only one still alive,” Bince, who ranked seventh in the 1959 bar examinations, told reporters after filing his COC.
His stint as board member was interrupted in 1977 when he served as president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. In 1984 he became mayor of Rosales town, and in 2004 when he ran and lost as congressman of the sixth district.
He said after his last term, he will devote his time to farming and continue his law practice.
Bince longs for the days when the country had two political party systems and politicians were sure of their leaders and supporters.
“It was much better then because party lines were clearly cut. There were only two political parties — Nationalista and Liberal — and you already know who the leaders and followers of the parties are. It was also less expensive because candidates were supported by the parties,”
“Now you can’t understand anymore. There’s NPC, LP, UNA coalition,” Bince told reporters after filing his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections provincial office today (Wednesday), for his last term.

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