MAGANES: Political “bitterness

October 25, 2012 at 8:16 am Leave a comment


The bitterness could easily be discerned on their faces. They could not hide their frustrations and dismay over the political maneuverings within their political parties. Most of them have voiced out such frustrations to the delight of the media men who are always on the alert to get newsy details.
After the filing of candidacies last October 5, the first to come out from his shell to voice out disappointment over the selection process of the Liberal Party (LP) was 6th District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani. He was so frustrated by his non-selection as the vice gubernatorial bet of his party in tandem with gubernatorial bet Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza. Shahani said that there was lack of transparency in selecting former police general Arturo C. Lomibao as Braganza’s teammate.
Because of his disappointement, Shahani shifted his loyalty. He announced that instead of supporting his second cousin Braganza, he will be supporting the re-election bid of incumbent Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and his team mate Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. His abrupt action caught the attention of the media practitioners in the Pangasinan and for several days, the topic was feasted on. But media practitioners are divided on the issue. Many raised their eyebrows, and some especially those on the side of Espino were feasting so much on the issue.
Shahani’s action might be construed as a political suicide especially because he belongs to the LP, a party he said he loved so dearly as his grandfather Ambassador Narciso R. Ramos was one of its original founders. But he has to turn around. He has to unload his wounded pride and hurt ego. He worked so hard to consolidate the local bets, but he felt his efforts were not compensated well. But then, if we look at it there might be some party decisions that he was not privy of. Those party decisions might be hurting to some but perhaps were for the good of the party and the members themselves. Shahani, however, to many of his supporters will always be the winner. He will be fighting for his re-election bid as a board member of the 6th District and I am sure that after all these issues, he will weather all the storms in his political career.
His shifting of support of course will make a difference to the Espino-Calimlim team, but the question is: Can Shahani maintain his being too vocal with his frustrations? Can he continuously voice out his bitterness especially when former President Fidel Valdez Ramos come into the picture? As of the moment, there is what we called sibling rivalry between him and Braganza, but knowing our political system, there are no permanent alliances but permanent interests. I wish that the two gentlemen someday will talk together and iron out their differences. In politics, personal interest might come first but in the Filipino psyche, blood is always thicker than water.
Another 6th district board member who cannot hide his dismay and frustration is the maverick Alfonso C. Bince Jr. Bince. He belongs to the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) and is also seeking his last term as the board member of the district. He could not also hide his disappointment on the selection of party bets in his district. There are two candidates of NPC for board members in the 6th District – Bince and Salvador “Dong” Perez Jr. but with Shahani’s support to Espino, will NPC drop one of them to support Shahani?
But that’s not all the issue of Bince. He has questioned the loyalty of NPC District Chair Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas who at the last hour of filing of candidacies, her husband former Board Member Tyrone Agabas filed his candidacy as an independent for mayoralty in Tayug? Who will Rep. Agabas support- NPC mayoralty bet Nestor Mapili or to her husband Tyrone? And how about the two NPC mayoralty bets of Asingan town- incumbent Mayor Heidi G. Chua and Eleanor Viray?
Another issue that Bince voiced out is the candidacy of former Balungao Mayor Joselito Peralta who also filed his candidacy as board member under the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP). However, the former Mayor has the backing of his brother incumbent Mayor Philipp Peralta who is the official mayoralty bet of NPC. It was also learned that former Mayor Peralta has joined NPC making the board member fight in the 6th district a 3-cornered fight of NPC with the inclusion of Shahani as a dark horse of the NPC bets.
Politics in this country is full of uncertainties-from the selection of candidates up to the last leg of campaigns. The worst scenario will be during the election day: Who will be supporting “who”? Who will be dropped like hot potatoes? Will there still be a solid loyalty to the parties? The only bottom line during the election is to win. And to win is to source out all other means- to get help from all the parties to catapult them to power.
Let me quote Paul Ryan when he says,”We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative- not political clout- determines who succeeds.”
(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

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