EDITORIAL: Pangasinan adopts a Japanese as ‘son’?

June 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm Leave a comment

Right after Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. and some department heads went on a study tour at Kurobe dam, a hydroelectric power facility of Kansai Electric Power Company in Japan last May 27-31, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan declared Ryukichi Kawaguchi, chair/president and Chief Executive Officer of San Roque Power Corporation as an “adopted son of Pangasinan.”Image (2)
The resolution of adoption number 1368-2015 was passed during the SP’s regular session last June 8, the very first session after the provincial officials’ trip.
Sponsored by 6th District Board Member Alfonso C. Bince Jr., who was designated as Acting Governor when Espino and Calimlim were in Japan, the resolution said Kawaguchi was “one of the best technocrats of San Roque Power Corporation who is responsible for the major decisions and processes of the corporation in ensuring the path towards clean power and building sustainable communities in Pangasinan.”
Moreover, said resolution stated that “for than a decade , San Roque Power Corporation since its start of operation in 2003, has become increasingly active in organizing and financing development projects that have benefitted different local communities.”
There’s nothing wrong in adopting civic-spirited persons as sons or daughters of Pangasinan especially if they have contributed to the province’s development.
But why only now that the provincial government has adopted Kawaguchi?
Was this a repayment of his initiative in bringing Espino, Calimlim and some department heads to Japan just to see a dam that generates power? What is the difference of such dam with that of the San Roque Power Dam in Pangasinan?
The adoption of Kawaguchi as “son of Pangasinan” has put questions into the minds of Pangasinenses. Here comes a foreigner who has not done much in the development of Pangasinan except as being president of a power plant, had been adopted as “son”.

Such action also of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has brought to fore another question why was former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco has been always referred to as a non-Pangasinense by the camp of Espino where in fact he has been serving Pangasinan not only for a decade but for four decades.
Who has done much service in Pangasinan, Kamaguchi or Cojuangco? Who has helped Espino to be elected three times as governor of Pangasinan? Was it not Cojuangco and his allies? Granting that Cojuangco was not a Pangasinense by birth, does he not deserve to be adopted too, by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Espino having been their political ally for years?

The irony of “adopting a Japanese” as son of Pangasinan and branding a person who has provided great service in Pangasinan as a “non-Pangasinense” is a disservice to the Pangasinenses.
Pangasinenses are dismayed by such action of the provincial government. Cojuangco, although he has done so much for Pangasinan, was brushed aside just because of political differences.
That power, however, is temporary. Pangasinenses who have been hoodwinked through the years under the Espino’s brand of leadership will ultimately be awakened from the shackles of political tapestry in Pangasinan.

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