MAGANES: More on Espino’s media threats

July 27, 2015 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

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The issues on the threats of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to media men have not subsided as of late. It is the favorite topics of politicians when they are in group, of media men, of barangay officials and other sectors who were disgusted of what Espino said over the radio stations last July 17.

Much that I want it personally to put an end of the issue, I was bombarded with calls and emails from relatives and friends who said they feared for my life as a radio commentator. Others opined that I should leave radio broadcasting and not even meddle in politics and live in peace. While I accept their deep concern over my personal safety, I could not in conscience leave the crusade I impressed upon me to help Pangasinan thru my factual commentaries. The threats are there. Unluckily, these came from a supposed most revered official of the province -the governor of Pangasinan.
At the back of my mind, there are many thoughts coming. Was Espino provided with right information by his media consultants and “paid broadcasters?” Did Espino fully grasp the issues being hurled against his administration? Why did he act without sobriety that is expected from a public official like him?

In fairness to him, he might not have been given the right advice from his circles of media consultants. He ranted information provided to him by his consultants.
This is not a war of personal attacks. If there is one person to be blamed on the backlash against Espino, it’s his broadcaster Celso Manuel aka Manny Celso who started the idea of “threats”.
If I were Governor Espino, I would not allow this Manuel to broadcast over the radios. Instead of building up the administration, he put it into a situation that is now the talk of the town. Issuing threats does not augur well for the Espino administration, it even opened the minds of Pangasinense on what kind of a leader he is.
Surprisingly, not one member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has taken the threat issue. Are they deaf or could not muster courage to talk against the Governor? Board Member Nestor “Nicky Boy” Reyes of 2nd District was once a broadcaster himself but apparently has not commented on the issue. Will they just wait that something happen to some broadcasters? God forbid!
The issue at hand is a tug-of-war on whom to support as gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 elections. Pangasinan broadcasters, like any voter, are torn between two contending parties- former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and the governor’s namesake Amado I. Espino III, the incumbent President of the Liga Federation of Barangays in Pangasinan.

Why blame broadcasters if they lean towards Cojuangco? Is it wrong to side with a politician whom you think is a good leader if not the best to give more development in Pangasinan? Siding with him does not mean that the other contender is not qualified but just fall short of the needed characters that Pangasinenses need.

Now on the side of Espino, let alone his broadcasters and some media practitioners on his side. If they think his son will be the best governor to succeed him, let it be. They must work on developing him to endear himself to the Pangasinenses. This is the beauty of democracy. We have to decide by our own and whoever will win in the elections, so be it. We will rally behind whoever that person is.
But threatening media practitioners who are perceived to be on the fence of Cojuangco is a big no-no. Let’s talk on issues that are obtaining in Pangasinan. The issues hurled against the Espino administration are devoid of malice. They are all true substantiated by documents and evidences. These are not hearsays as what his camp claimed.
Why don’t we let the Pangasinenses decide for themselves? Why don’t we work together for a brighter Pangasinan? Can we not adhere to Espino’s vision that “Pangasinan is the best place to invest, to live and raise a family”?

With all those threats to media men, I am thinking otherwise.
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