MAGANES: Political Surprises

October 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment


The filing of certificates of candidacy among aspirants for the seats of senators, representatives, governors, vice governors, board members, mayors, vice mayors and councilors all over the country has ended at five in the afternoon of October 5 at the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). These candidates have all the noble intentions to serve the public for three years starting at the noon of June 30, 2013 up to June 30, 2016.

Comelec says for the senatorial seats, there are 84 who filed CoCs, many of them under coalition parties and some are common candidates of the ruling Liberal Party, Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) and United Nationalists Alliance (UNA). The senatorial bets I expected to run did not file their CoCs like my favorite Quezon Province Rep. Erin Tanada, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, TESDA Chairman Joel Villanueva and NBN-ZTE deal barker Joey de Venecia.

Perhaps, there are reasons why they are not pursuing their political plans but they would have been good public servants and partners of President P-Noy’s ” Matuwid na Landas.”

In Pangasinan, I was surprised that many candidates I speculated would run did not materialize. Former Governor Victor E. Agbayani opted to be the campaign manager of the Liberal Party and not a 2nd District Representative or vice governor of gubernatorial aspirant Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza. Instead of Agbayani, former police general Arturo Lomibao was chosen as the vice gubernatorial mate of Braganza under the Liberal Party.

Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani (6th District) who was very vocal to run as vice governor under the LP ticket is now questioning the selection process. He was not satisfied with the LP slate and he is now wallowing in frustration and despair. But Shahani still filed his CoC as board member of the 6th District through his lawyer Nelson Palaris. Whether that frustration could still be turned into a positive force for the Braganza-Lomibao team is worth waiting for. Knowing Ranjit, I know that his frustration will soon come to pass and like a good soldier, he will still support his cousin Nani Braganza and the whole slate of the party he worked hard to consolidate in the province.

For the congressional race, Tim Orbos who was touted to run against incumbent Rep. Jesus Celeste in the first district did not pursue his plan. Instead, Leonido J. Pulido, a lawyer and son of former Anda Mayors Nestor and Alice was chosen by the LP to be pitted against Celeste. This is now the second time that a Pulido will be facing the Celeste in the congressional race. Maki Pulido, a famous broadcaster/reporter of GMA, lost to Rep. Celeste in 2010 elections.

Another surprise is in the 2nd and 4th Districts. Political pundits said Agbayani will run for the congressional seat of the 2nd District against incumbent Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil. But it was not so. A new face in the political scene in the district emerged in the person of Luis Kow Lokin Jr. ( husband of former CIBAC Rep. Kim Lokin) to face Bataoil. Lokin is LP’s bet. In the 4th District, incumbent Rep. Georgina “Manay Gina” De Venecia is seeking a fresh term under the NPC and not her husband former Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr. as was reported before. De Venecia will be challenged by a neophyte Mario Paragas Lim of the NP who was accompanied by Dagupan City Mayor Benjie Lim during his filing of CoC.

In the 3rd District, Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas is unchallenged. She filed her CoC under the LP. Arenas was once a member of NPC and maybe her shifting of party was a strategy so that she will not be challenged by the famous Sorianos of San Carlos City. Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco of the 5th District will be challenged anew by former Court of Appeals Justice Demetrio Demetria. It will be a rematch as they ran against each other in 2010 elections. In the 6th District, Rep. Marlyn Primicias Agabas will be challenged by an independent candidate Brigido M. Gallano, a new face in the political scene.

For provincial board, there are 31 candidates who filed their CoCs dominated by NPC with 11 candidates, nine from LP, two from Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), one each from UNA and six independent. Ernesto L. Rabago, an independent candidate has withdrawn his CoC last October 4.

As I was saying in my previous articles, the May 13, 2013 polls is a fight not of political parties but of personalities. Voters will select the best from among the candidates based on their previous performances and development advocacies. Quoting gubernatorial bet Braganza, “We are against ourselves. We are offering a slate for the good of the Pangasinenses and not of our personal interests.”

I am just hoping that our electorates will be enlightened on the issues at hand. Party affiliations could help to push through political machineries but at the end of the day we have to think: Who among these candidates could catapult us to greater heights of development? Who among them could really go for the “Matuwid na Landas” of President P-Noy? Who will really be our anchors in times of calamities and distress?

Let us think. We should not be blinded by their “money”. A thousand pesos is only good for one day but we have to suffer for the next three years after the May 13, 2013 elections.

(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

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