Archive for October, 2015
By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – The election is virtually over for a congressional candidate, seven mayors, three vice mayors and eight councilors in Pangasinan as they are all running unopposed.
The pack, all incumbent, is led by second congressional Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil who is gunning for his third term.
He would not have been unopposed had another candidate from Lingayen not late in arriving at the Commission on Elections provincial office on Friday, the last day of filing.
It is a walk in the park for seven unopposed mayors are Ramon Guico III of Binalonan; Silverio Alarcio of Laoac, Alain Jerico Perez of San Manuel; Teodoro Ramos of Sta. Maria; Timoteo Villar III of Sto. Tomas: Roberto Arcinue of Sual; and Amado Gregorio Perez IV of Urdaneta City.
The unopposed vice mayors are Wilfredo Pescador of Santo Tomas; Dionisio Caburao Jr. of Sual and Jesus Franco Jr. of Villasis.
Just like in the past elections, there is only one ticket of local candidates from mayor to councilor. The councilors who are already shoo-in for the next term are Tomas Castanaga Jr., Alfredo Eleccion, Dominador Lardizabal, Benjamin Oculto, Benito Ordono, Ely Ramos, Vengco Estefania and Leonora Zarasate.
Among the six congressional districts in the province, the fourth district is the most contested with seven candidates. (more…)
Lumabas na sa bansa ang Bagyong Lando na nag-iwan ng malawakang pinsala sa mga lalawigan ng Gitnang-Hilagang Luzon lalong-lalo na ang Lalawigang Aurora. Ang Lalawigang Pangasinan ay isa sa mga tinamaan ng naturang bagyo na kung saan maraming bayan ang binaha, nawalan ng kuryente, maraming natumbang mga punong kahoy, nasirang mga pananim at palaisdaan, mga bahay na lumipad ang mga bubong at iba pang pinsala na dulot ng malakas na hangin at ulan.
Isang linggo bago pumasok ang Bagyong Lando sa loob ng bansa, nagbabala na ang pamahalaan na ito ay nabibilang sa tinatawag na ” supertyphoon” dahil sa dalang lakas ng hangin.
Pumasok sa Pangasinan noong Oktubre 19 ng mga bandang alas-onse ng gabi. Malakas na hangin na parang bumabayo sa paligid at umiikot na parang trumpo na ang bugso nito ay nagdulot ng pagkatumba ng mga poste ng kuryente at mga punong kahoy. Nagkaroon ng malawakang “brown-out” na sa ibang lugar ay umaabot ng limang araw.
Ang mga lokal na “disaster, risk reduction management councils (DRRMC)” ay nagsipaghanda sa kung anumang pinsala idudulot ng bagyo. Ang DRRMC ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Pangasinan ay naghanda rin. Noong araw ng Oktubre 21, naglabas ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) ay naglabas ng ” weather forecast” ng ” typhoon signal 2″ na kinabibilangan ng Pangasinan.
Taliwas sa inaasahan, malakas na hangin at ulan ang naramdaman sa buong lalawigan na kung saan ibinunton ng sisi ni Gobernador Espino ang hindi tamang “forecast” ng Pag-asa.
Bakit sisihin ang Pag-asa? “Ang salitang “forecast” ay walang kasiguraduhan, ito ay hula lamang sa pamamagitan ng mga apparatus. Ang mga bagyo ay pabago-bago rin ang mga direksyon sa bawat minuto at oras kaya walang katiyakan ang magiging epekto nito. Ganyan ang nangyari sa Bagyong Lando. Ang kahandaan ng pamahalaan sa pagsapit ng kalamidad ay hindi dapat ibabatay sa mga “typhoon signals”. Basta may namumuong mga bagyo na papasok sa Pangasinan, dapat simula pa lang handa na ang panlalawigang DRRMC. Dito ay nagpapakita si Espino na hindi sapat ang paghahanda ng kanyang administrasyon dahil sa kasagsagan ng bagyo, walang agarang ” rescue operations” na ginawa sa mga bayan ng Agno, Infanta, Mabini, Mangatarem at iba pa. (more…)
It never sank into my mind the popularity caused by their commentaries such that in places where I went in these past few weeks, many people both known to me and strangers approached me and offered their help in my future campaign. I reciprocated their good natured gestures with grins with thoughts toying in my mind that the commentaries hurled for and against me are doing wonderful works in the realms of politics. Hahahaha!
So I am now the center of tirades by the Espino camp. They were speculating as to why I filed my candidacy under the National Unity Party (NUP)- the party that gave certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA) to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and his son who are running for 5th District representative and governor, respectively. But their CONAs were short-lived. It was only four days since their filing of their candidacies last October 13 and have to be recalled on October 16, the day I filed together with my slate of candidates.
I am personally amused by the attention I am getting over the continuous tirades over the Espino camp’s radio commentary programs. One anchor even questioned my capability to embark a provincewide campaign, saying I don’t even have a car or any vehicle to use. How silly and immature this anchor was! I don’t know if their group is conducting political analysis and strategies. I don’t know if they are just reacting for the heck of it, which I don’t mind either. That anchor, who is known for his stupidity, might not be aware how politics work, at least, in this part of the province. Hahahaha, again!
The shifting of tirades from Mark Cojuangco to me has spawned political confusion. Cojuangco who has heightened his campaign and widened his popularity over his perceived gubernatorial nemesis in 2016 elections, has likely been grinning. The cheap antics of Espino camp has given him the edge of increasing the people’s awareness of his candidacy much so in espousing his development programs for Pangasinan. And the more I will be receiving lengthy tirades, the more that people will remember me with the “anointed son” left behind and thrown into oblivion as the election period comes close.
Why not a little bit of sleeping in my dreamland? Cojuangco against Maganes for Governor in 2016? Will it not be great? And how about the “anointed son”? Oh I don’t care about his candidacy, a bit. Hahahahaha! Another big laugh, huh?
Well, meantime that the election period is not yet around as it will just start on January 10, 2016, we are free to speculate political developments in the province.
I am bewildered by how my mayor friends in the 5th and 6th Districts mustered to run for re-election unopposed in their municipalities and city. It’s not surprising though that politicians in their areas have no guts running against them because they have shown exemplary performance during their administrations. (more…)