EDITORIAL: Who are on the political side of Cojuangco?

August 11, 2014 at 9:24 am Leave a comment


Barely six months after he announced his gubernatorial bid for Pangasinan in 2016 elections, former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco is getting support from local officials in the province- congressmen, municipal mayors, vice mayors, councillors and village heads.northernwatch 8-10-14

Last month, leaders of the second congressional district with Alaminos City Mayor Arturo Celeste as spokesman, endorsed the gubernatorial plan of Cojuangco, to the consternation of Governor Amado Espino Jr. Days after, Espino announced that his son Provincial Federation of Liga ng Barangay President Amado “Pogi” Espino III, will be his gubernatorial bet.

Espino said the province’s progress and development will eventually be handed down to the future generation thus the next leader of the province must be a genuine resident of Pangasinan and should opt to retire in the said province.
Last July 31, Espino’s brother Bautista Mayor Amadeo T. Espino and his son Bugallon Mayor Jumel Anthony Espino, resigned from the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC)- a party that nurtured him and backed up his candidacies in three three previous elections. Amado III, also known as “Pogi,” likewise resigned from the NPC.
The main reason for Espino’s resignation from NPC was he “finds it grossly improper, 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. The leaders, and the members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition have espoused a different view, and in fact, have actively engaged in purely partisan activities.”
However, Cojuangco was unfazed by the Espinos’ resignations.
Cojuangco said: “I can not believe that a simple announcement for candidacy would cause so much consternation to the good Governor.” Partisan activity” ba na magpahayag lang ng pagtakbo sa 2016″? “Grossly improper” ba ang pagpapakilala ng sarili sa ating mga kaprobinsiya? Sa pagkaalam ko, ang tawag doon ay ang pag gamit ng “freedom of speech” at “freedom of expression”. He (Espino) really should not criticize the party because NPC was a shelter for him when he needed shelter, it welcomed and was kind to him. It seems that he now has other needs. The least he should say is; “Thank you.”

The Espinos resignation from NPC elicited more mass support from the local officials of the province. Last August 8, Municipal Federation of Liga ng Barangay Presidents (35 of 47 presidents) endorsed Cojuangco’s bid while the rest assured their support.
After the leaders of District I openly declared their support to Cojuangco, the leaders of District VI followed suit.
Led by Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III and District VI Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, municipal mayors, vice mayors, councilors and village heads of the 10 towns declared their support to Cojuangco.
Next to endorse Cojuangco are the officials of Districts II, III, IV and V, and various sectors like farmers organizations, women’s groups and other non-government organizations (NGOs).
While the May 2016 elections is still far, it appears that Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid has already taken off and could no longer be shaken up by any opponent come political campaign.
Indeed, the outpouring of support is intimidating, as what Cojuangco admitted.

And he is bent to win the gubernatorial race only to bring progress and make Pangasinan a premier province.

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