Conversation with ART LOMIBAO

January 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

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Former LTO head Art Lomibao (R) and former RP President Fidel V. Ramos

One of the questions that face former Police Director General Arturo Lomibao is why he joined politics, instead of just enjoying his retirement and quiet family life. A candid interview by Northern Watch editor Yolanda Sotelo with the General provides a glimpse into the Liberal Party’s vice gubernatorial bet. Excerpts:

Northern Watch (NW): How do you find the new road you are travelling?
Arturo Lomibao (AL): Very tiring but inspiring though. Why inspired? Because I’m a people person. I am inspired during gathering like this, bringing ideas out in the open. And with Nani (Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, his teammate) I am trying to interact with them, nagkakaruon ng kaunting interaction, I get excited. If and when by the grace of God and with the support of the people we will be there, then we can do something to make an impact on their lives. Make a difference in their lives. That is what inspires us.
NW: Your life is quiet now. Why would you want your life to be disrupted by politics?
AL: Yon na nga eh, tahimik na. Ito kasing OBL na ito istorbo (laughing). (OBL is former Vice Governor Oscar Lambino, the Liberal Party’s provincial spokesperson.) There’s short history why I joined this political scene. Tahimik and buhay ko, hatid sundo ako ng aking anak. I was enjoying my retirement. But there comes a point in your life when you ask, “Ano ba talaga ang purpose ng buhay ko? Im still physically and mentally strong. I am 62. I am already entitled to 20 percent discount (laughing). As I said there comes a point in your life when I should give meaning to your existence. As you know I spent more than 40 years of my life in public service and you can’t just get that out of your system. Especially when people come to me even when I’m retired, asking for many kinds of help. Sabi ko maganda na rin ang bumalik uli.
NW: What “shocked” you as you go around the province?
AL: Hindi naman shocked but it is the outpouring of support, Outpouring of people’s awareness on issues that confront them. Nakikita namin na perhaps pwede kaming makatulong sa kanilang buhay. Pangasinan still needs to be developed, to be harnessed of its potentials. I think I can contribute to that kind of vision of the LP. Through us as the medium, Nani and myself, If and when we make it.
NW: Are you hereto win?
AL: I don’t join a race just to lose. Siyempre you have to win so you can implement your vision.

NW: How did you convince your family for you to run?
AL: Sila ang nagkumbinse sa akin. Nakikita nila, ni Jackie my wife, that I am a people person, that when I’m with people I am happy. Of course I happy with my family but I’m happier when people visit me. Jackie said ‘I can see that your heart is for service so where your heart is. Six years ka na din na nagaalaga sa amin. (It is time) you maximize your talent, your service for the people.
If I could contribute in my small way to the program of the present administration, then I would be happier. I retired from government service two years ago. After pnp, I was with Land Transportation Office, then National Irrigation Authoritiy. But the best years of my life was spent with the military and the police.
NW: How is your relationship with the governor?
AL: That’s a very intriguing question. Sabi ko nga, this politics is beyond personal consideration. Although (the relationship is) hindi na kagaya nuon. We have talked but very short lang. Kumustahan lang. I hope our friendship will transcend politics. That after this political exercise, babalik pa rin ang friendship. Win or lose. Para kaming magkapatid niyan, eh. sabi nga nila, we are closer than brothers. This is beyond personalities, beyond personal consideration. Friendly exercise lang ito. I hope it remains that way.
NW: What can you say about the so-called militarization of Pangasinan politics?
AL: I would say civilianization of the military and the police. We retire at 56. Tumatakbo ka and then the momentum stops, parang kulang eh. Too early for us to retire. But that’s the law. People who retire from the military and police, parang naghahahanap sila ng something to do. So whey go to farm, but get bored. Especially as everyday we dealt with people everyday of our lives, hahanapin mo yong maki interact ka. And the service, passion is there.

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