Lingayen sees 3-cornered mayoralty race

February 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – A former mayoral candidate of this capital town said it could be a three- cornered mayoralty derby here in the 2016 polls.
Joe Ferrer, a former councilor and 2010 mayoralty bet, said it would not be a four-cornered clash in the next election but a three cornered probable fight, as he is not interested for the top post.
Ferrer said he dismissed requests of those who prodded him to run despite his burgeoning private contracting business that could bankroll his candidacy in 2016.
Political kibitzers have been discussing these days about the candidacies of this town mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda, Vice Mayor Nepthalie D. Pasiliao, and former Police Provincial Director Mariano Luis “Sonny” Verzosa, and Ferrer.
A source, who asked anonymity, said Governor Amado T. Espino is divided between Pasiliao and Verzosa – his political consultant at the Capitol here.
But other political observers opined he favors Pasiliao as he has enough financial chests to wage an electoral war against Castaneda.
Castaneda is supported by gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangco and Abono Party-list Rosendo So – the province’s acknowledged king maker.
But Ferrer dismissed the observation, he said Pasiliao would remain as re-elective vice mayoral candidate if his godfather former Mayor Nolan Evangelista throws his hat into the melee.
Another source said with the political landscape here still fluid, Verzosa and Councilor Judy de Leon Vargas could be found running for the vice mayoralty.
Ferrer, an ally of Rep.Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), said Vargas would seek reelection as councilor instead of the number two post as she is groomed to run for the Philippine Councilors League-Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, a source who asked not to be named from the camp of Bataoil said all their staff from the village consultants up to their congressional office here are apolitical comes the May 2016 election.

The source cited what happened in the last village election in 2013 when their supporters ran and lost.
“They lost their affiliation too from us because they violated the memorandum that they should be apolitical in the polls,” the source said.
The source also cited a fiesta celebration at the plaza whereformer governor and Congressman Victor Agbayani was seen hopping from one table to another table of the village officials by breaking bread with them and giving them a bottle of red wine.
Agbayani is rumored to be planning to reclaim his post from Bataoil.

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