MAGANES: Who’s now running the affairs of the provincial government?

May 31, 2015 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

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Had Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. already turned over his responsibilities to his “anointed son” and namesake Espino III the rein of provincial government?

Is an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the second highest official of the province?

These I asked because almost all speaking engagements of Governor Espino has his son as his proxy, to the envy maybe of the supposed next in ranks like the vice governor and the senior member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Governor Espino has shifted his gear from his previous mantra that politics should take a backseat for a while and concentrate on the affairs of the province.

He has by all means manifested that indeed his son, being his anointed candidate for 2016 elections, will already practice as a governor. This is not surprising though. The old Espino has to parry off the meteoric rise of the popularity of gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco, who has been busy circulating within Pangasinan, visiting villages together with his vice gubernatorial running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay. The duo has been received warmly by the villagers in their sorties bringing along with them the “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan Program” and espousing their development advocacies for the full take off of Pangasinan’s progress. The Espino camp, although silently fearful, has found a formidable political foe on Cojuangco who is perceived to be the gubernatorial aspirant to beat.

In its news story, Politikskoop: “Son and father versus husband and wife in Pangasinan 2016,” a source of “Politiko” said as posted at the website that if Cojuangco has P1.5 billion, the Espinos have to spend P2 billion to steer up their (Espino) campaign in 2016 elections.

What a statement! If indeed that statement is true, where will the Espinos get their money? Is it from their businesses? Isn’t it appalling to know that they have billions of pesos to drumbeat Espino III gubernatorial aspiration? I am not categorically saying here that the Espinos have no billions of pesos. They might have other sources of income and only the Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) that will prove, if there are other speculations.

Pangasinenses are aware that Governor Espino has only more or less P900,000 annual salary and with eight years as governor, he has only a total of P7.2 million salary? Cojuangco who we all know is a billionaire, a fortune accumulated from their family businesses and not from the public funds or illegal means not to mention that there’s the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) to back him up.

Is it true that the old Espino has transferred his residency to Bautista and registered as a voter there? If that is true, then he has already abandoned Bugallon, a town that adopted him for years to become a congressman of the second district. And if the same news was true that he will be pitting against incumbent 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, then the political situation in the province particularly 5th District will be more exciting.

We have to recall that in 2013 elections, Mark and his wife Kimi were on the front defending the old Espino on the issue of jueteng and illegal black sand mining. Amid the pressures of President PNoy being the second cousin of Mark, they stood firm on their resolve to support Espino through thick and thin. And now, this is what they got. The person they catapulted to power is the same person who now professed himself as their number one nemesis in politics. But on the Cojuangco side, they never resented and repented on what they did as they were allies during that elections in 2007 up to 2013.

As the days before the filing of certificates of candidacies draw near, we will be expecting more political alignments and re-alignments. Who among the local officials will finally be at the side of the Cojuangcos and Espinos? Who among the media men who are now divided will eventually transfer their loyalties to either of the two camps? Who will get the grassroots support?

The political telenovela is slowly unfolding before our eyes, but like the popular teleserye “Forevermore”, political bickering will come to pass. The bottomline is: All of these political maneuverings and changes are for the good of Pangasinenses.
We have to get a good and dedicated leader who will care and love Pangasinan not a leader who will just give lip service that he loves Pangasinan but behind it robs it with fashion.

(For comments, email me at Visit my blog The Roving Pen at For radio commentaries, tune in to Bombo Radyo Dagupan, 1125 KHZ, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:30-7:00 AM- ” GISING PANGASINAN”)

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