Pangasinan leaders back Cojuangco

February 24, 2014 at 3:09 am Leave a comment

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Politicians from Pangasinan have signified their support to former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco in his effort to get the people’s mandate for governor of the province in 2016.
Rosendo So, Abono Party-list Chairman and personal friend of Cojuangco, said third district Rep. Rachel Arenas (Liberal Party),second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (National Unity Party) and Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. (Nationalist People’s Coaliton) have given their full support for Cojuangco.
So said the Abono Party-list will also support as they have always supported Cojuangco in the 5th District.
He said Abono and Cojuangco share the same vision of having farmers and other stakeholders from the agricultural sector emancipated from poverty.
Cojuangco, after the State of the Province Address of Espino, declared his intention to submit himself to the voters of Pangasinan for the position of governor, carrying with him three consecutive terms as 5th district representative and his passion to serve.
“I think I am uniquely qualified and experienced to succeed Gov. [Amado] Espino [Jr.] I will seek the mandate of the people of Pangasinan , 2016,” Cojuangco told reporters here shortly after Espino delivered his state of the province address.
“With my experience, my age, my wisdom, my knowledge, I am offering my services to Pangasinan as governor. I offer these to the people of Pangasinan and I hope to continue the progress of the province,” he said.
Cojuangco is the Nationalist People’s Coaliton Pangasinan Chapter President of which Espino and majority of elected officials belong to.
“[Espino] is a party mate. We helped him in past elections. But he is on his last term so I decided to run [in 2016] to continue the development of the province,” he said.
So said that there were persistent calls from local party members for Cojuangco to run for governor.
Political observers have been seeing more of BM Pogi Espino in the 6th district lately whereas Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil has not been seen outside of his district after Cojuangco made the announcement.
Planners and 2014 calendars bearing the office of Rep. Bataoil were given away during the Christmas Season even in areas outside the second congressional district.

There is still a call for an Espino-Calimlim tandem for 2016 and this group is alleged to have been training their guns against Cojuangco on the issue of trees cutting along the Manila North Road and as a non-native of Pangasinan.

Cojuangco said Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., as an NPC member,, may declare to the party if he wants to run for governor or take the offer to be his running mate.
“He is a member of the NPC of good standing. He is an incumbent vice governor. He has the first option to signify to the party if he is interested or not for the governorship. I already sounded him off. He told me he is honored. Let’s see if he wants to commit (himself) as my vice gubernatorial candidate,” Cojuangco said.
Others being mentioned for the position of vice governor are board member Pogi Espino, Liga ng mga Barangay Pangasinan Chapter President and Pangasinan 6th district Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani of the Liberal Party.
Shahani is a former vice governor (1992-1995) of Pangasinan and two-term congressman (1995-2001) of the 6th district.
Cojuangco took the responsibility for the cutting of the trees along Manila North Road to give way for road widening.
Wider roads and highways facilitate the easier flow of goods and services in the country.
“Panahon na po para harapin ang isyung ito, napakatagal nang nagiging cause ng delay ng progreso sa atin bansa,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco branded as misplaced environmentalism, the sudden increase in the number of criticisms against him among local media practitioners and netizens.
“Hindi po tayo dapat magkaroon ng misplaced environmentalism,” he said.
Cojuangco said there is a proper way of planting trees along the road in consideration of the growth of the tree and its roots so as not to cause damage to the road and give more benefits to the people.

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