Mark & Mark barnstorm countless villages
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – “We are almost there!” quipped vice gubernatorial aspirant and this town’s mayor when asked if he and his gubernatorial tandem had stumped already two-third of the 1,333 barangays in the humongous province nine months before the election.
“We have been to towns, villages, fiestas, medical missions. We have visited a lot of places in our powwows with former Congressman Mark Cojuangco,” said Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.
He said in all of the places where they went, they felt the warm reception from the people there.
After he declared in February 2014 his intention to run for the province’s highest public post, Cojuangco said he divulged early his plan to run for the governorship because Pangasinan is a huge province.
The provincial government covers three cities and 44 towns in a land area that is bigger than the combined three provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union in Region 1.
He rents a house in Alaminos City where he stays whenever he goes around the western part of the province.
During his declaration in February 2014, Cojuangco pooh-poohed he was a shoo-in for the post but instead said he had to buckle up early to rove in the huge province.
“There is no such thing as shoo-in. We all have to work (to get) the people’s confidence. That’s what I intend to do in the next two years when I will go around the province. I will talk with the people to find out what their hopes and dreams are, on which I can make a plan,” he said.
During the first term of Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, Macanlalay’s rival in the May 9, 2016 election, he told this paper that it was physically impossible for a gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial bets to do the hustling in the 1,333 villages in one year.
Macanlalay cited that during his and Cojuangco’s consultations with the Pangasinenses especially during their Medikalinga Program, they understand thoroughly the people’s problems. He said he was exhilarated about the warmness of the people who promised them support during their visits.
He said in case he and the former solon are elected next year, they will introduce a new kind of leadership in the province.
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