Cojuangco laments Espino resignation remarks

August 11, 2014 at 8:31 am Leave a comment


LINGAYEN – Has the season of electoral intramural started this early in this gargantuan province? Former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco lamented the remarks of former ally Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. when he and kin submitted their resignation as members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition party.

POLITICAL SUPPORTERS OF M&M: Aside from the 10 mayors of the 6th Congressional District of Pangasinan who went to the house of Abono Party-List Congressman Conrado Estrella III (extreme Right), the District's Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (3rd from Right) and District's Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani  (2nd from Left) swore their support to the gubernatorial plan of former Congressman Mark Cojuangco. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

POLITICAL SUPPORTERS OF M&M: Aside from the 10 mayors of the
6th Congressional District of Pangasinan who went to the house of
Abono Party-List Congressman Conrado Estrella III (extreme Right), the
District’s Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (3rd from Right) and
District’s Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani (2nd from Left) swore their
support to the gubernatorial plan of former Congressman Mark Cojuangco. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


“Is it ‘partisan activity’ to inform the people that I am running for governor in 2016? Is it ‘grossly improper’ to introduce myself to our provincemates? From what I know, this is called ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘freedom of expression’,” Cojuangco said in a statement.
Last July 31, Espino, his brother Bautista Mayor Amadeo T. Espino, and son Bugallon Mayor Jumel submitted their resignation to NPC President Georgidi B. Aggabao who acknowledged receipt of the letter in August 4.
His son and namesake, Provincial Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay President, Ex-Oficio member of the Provincial Board Amado III sent his resignation last August 5 through electronic mail at the NPC’s headquarters in Metro Manila.
Last July 29 Espino, now on his last term as governor, came out from months of silence by declaring to media men that he was allowing Amado Jr. to run as governor in the 2016 polls.
In his resignation letter, Espino said, “As elected leader of the entire province of Pangasinan, the undersigned Governor finds it grossly improper (for Cojuangco and the NPC), and totally out of place, to announce political preferences, or to actively take part in any partisan activity, at this point in time when the next elections, in May 2016, are still a long way to go”.

Espino added the NPC have espoused a different view, and in fact, have actively engaged in purely partisan activities.
He said his resignation would allow his former NPC party leaders and party mates to have a free hand in pursuing their respective political agenda in the province.
Cojuangco countered that the “ good Governor should not criticize the party because the NPC was shelter for him when he needed shelter; it welcomed and was kind to him”.
“It seems that the good Governor now has other needs. The least he should say is ‘Thank you,’” he deplored.
NPC Pangasinan spokesperson Rosendo So said the endorsement of the governor for his son’s gubernatorial bid and their resignation bode well for the Pangasinenses who now knows the aggrupation of the personalities and direction of politics in the province.
He said his friendship with Espino, who was his ally in the three gubernatorial outings, remains, despite his being a steadfast loyalist of Cojuangco.
Feathers had been ruffled at the Capitol here after Cojuangco declared in February 10 his intention to run for the top provincial post in 2016 polls.
One of his statements that alarmed the occupants of the Capitol was when he said that there should be a final end in the flooding in city and towns in Pangasinan.
“Itong mga low laying areas may baha dito, wala na ang dahilan para magkaroon ng baha if we can do it right. Just do the engineering right,” he said then.
He posed also to media men what took too long for the governor to finish the expansion of the airport in Lingayen.
Espino and Cojuangco were close allies at the NPC. They fought together a hard won fight against Jamie Agbayani in 2007, the wife of then outgoing Pangasinan Governor Victor Agbayani, where Espino won by more than 33,087 votes out of the more than a million registered voters and without the support of the vaunted partisan sect Iglesia ni Cristo.
In 2010 and 2013 gubernatorial derbies, the NPC and Cojuangco supported Espino in dusting off with a lead of more than half a million votes each rivals Victor Agbayani and former Alaminos City Hernani Braganza.
The province has a registered voters of 1,558,947 based on the 2010 census.

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