District I leaders declares support for Mark

July 28, 2014 at 8:48 am Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo

Pangasinan politics heat up with the declaration of fifth district political leaders to support the gubernatorial bid of former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco, the chair of Nationalist People’s Coalition in the province.

MARK C AND DISTRICT I LEADERS.  Former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco and first district political leaders form the letter “C” with their hands after the leaders declared their support to Cojuangco on his gubernatorial bid. From left are Mayors Gwen Yamamoto (Bani), Carlitos Reyes (Mabini), Aldrin Cerdan (Anda), Jose Pajeta (Agno), Noli Celeste (Bolinao), Provincial Board Member Anthony Sison, Cojuangco, Arrthur Celeste (Alaminos City), Provincial Board Member Napoleon Fontelera, Noel Nacar (Dasol),  Infanta Vice Mayor Richard Martinez, and Alberto Guiang Jr. (Burgos). Unable to attend were first district Rep. Jesus Celeste and Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue, but who are said to also support .

MARK C AND DISTRICT I LEADERS. Former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco and first district political leaders form the letter “C” with their hands after the leaders declared their support to Cojuangco on his gubernatorial bid. From left are Mayors Gwen Yamamoto (Bani), Carlitos Reyes (Mabini), Aldrin Cerdan (Anda), Jose Pajeta (Agno), Noli Celeste (Bolinao), Provincial Board Member Anthony Sison, Cojuangco, Arrthur Celeste (Alaminos City), Provincial Board Member Napoleon Fontelera, Noel Nacar (Dasol), Infanta Vice Mayor Richard Martinez, and Alberto Guiang Jr. (Burgos). Unable to attend were first district Rep. Jesus Celeste and Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue, but who are said to also support .


During a meeting at the NPC headquarters here on Friday, Alaminos City Mayor Arturo Celeste said the decision to support Cojuangco was reached after each leader was consulted, and after a series of meetings among them.
The first district political leaders openly supported Governor Amado Espino Jr., also an NPC member, for three terms. He is reported to be fielding his son Amado III for the seat he would vacate in 2016, but is yet to make an official statement.
“This is not a decision of only one person. This is a group decision,” Celeste said.
Celeste’s brother Jesus Celeste, the first district representative, was not around during the meeting but he also was supporting Cojuangco’s bid, he said.
Present were Mayors Gwen Yamamoto (Bani), Carlitos Reyes (Mabini), Aldrin Cerdan (Anda), Jose Pajeta (Agno), Noli Celeste (Bolinao), Alberto Guiang (Burgos) Noel Nacar (Dasol), Infanta Vice Mayor Richard Martinez. Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue was not able to join the meeting but Celeste said he would also support Cojuangco.
Provincial Board Members Rene Anthony Sison and Napoleon Fontelera, who did not join the five other board members who resigned from the NPC party last May, were also present.
Celeste said it was not true that they have turned their back on Espino “but he is already on his last term and he has not declared who he was supporting for the governorship.”
But he said the decision to support Cojuangco is final and the leaders won’t leave NPC.
Nacar said the first district leaders work as team, and is solid behind Cojuangco.
“We met for several times and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of who we will support. We decided to support Cojuangco,” he said.
Cojuangcco, who declared his plan to run as governor last February, said he was “humbled” by the show of support from the first district leaders.
“I am touched by the message of Arthur (Celeste) and by association his brother Jesus and their support for my candidacy for governor. I am anxious to prove my leadership, to make sure they won’t be disappointed in their decision to support me,” he said.
“If the people of Pangasinan chose me to be their leader, it’s a personal challenge to be able to deliver on my promise to be a good governor,” Cojuangco said.

Celeste said Amado III visited him at his office “and I told him about the group’s decision to support Cojuangco.”
“He said he understood us,” Celeste, who said he still has to talk with the governor, said.

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