NPC, Biskeg members unite
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
SISON- Gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangco personally handed the certificates of nomination and acceptance to members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Biskeg na Pangasinan on Saturday night.
The affair was also Cojuangco’s 58th birthday celebration held at the courtyard of the Cojuangco’s residence in this eastern Pangasinan town. It was his “blow-out” for municipal/city mayors and vice mayors who are running under the two parties.
Cojuangco is the provincial chair of the NPC which his father, former Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco founded; and the chair of local party Biskeg na Pangasinan.
Cojuangco’s birthday was actually last October 6 but he chose to celebrate it by visiting schools and villages to be with students, farmers, senior citizens and other sectors.
The celebration in Sison was happy and exciting with music provided by EC Jammers Orchestra.
In attendance was political patriarch of 5th District and Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr.
The Conas of the party members were distributed in time for the filing of certificates of candidacies on October 12 to 16 as scheduled by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Vice gubernatorial aspirant Mark Roy Macanlalay urged the members of NPC and Biskeg to rally behind the gubernatorial bid of Cojuangco as he sees him as the best leader of Pangasinan that could propel its progress.
Macanlalay reiterated also his call for their support to his vice gubernatorial bid.
Alaminos City Arturo “Art” Celeste lauded the members of the two parties for uniting behind the gubernatorial bid and vice gubernatorial bid of Cojungco and Macanlalay, respectively.
“With our numbers, we will not fail in our quest for victories in 2016 elections. But we have to work harder and ensure the victory of Mark,” he said.
Celeste took a swipe on Governor (Amado) Espino Jr. for calling him and his brother 1st District Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste as “bakes”, a local word for monkey.
” When we were still allies and friends, Espino called me with endearing words like “ading” (a little brother) and “Bok” ( word of endearment of close friends) but now he just called me and my brother “bakes”. Who looks more of “bakes” between us? Maybe, I am a more handsome “bakes”,” Celeste said.
MECO Chair Perez chided the media group of Espino for airing his previous statements during last year’s Cojuangco’s birthday celebration.
He said his words have been spliced losing their contents just to score against Cojuangco.
“It’s true that I was the one who prodded Mark to run for governor because I believe that he can replicate the programs and projects he had accomplished in the 5th District. I told him that if he can do it in the District, then he can help in bringing development in the whole province,” Perez said.
Perez also said that with Cojuangco, Pangasinenses will be assured that the province’s money will be spent efficiently as he is not a corrupt official.
“Look at your towns and villages, what projects BMW (buhok mo wig) have done? None! Yes, he renovated the Capitol, hospital, Urduja Building but contracted by his favored contractors and earned from them. I was told he’s receiving P30 million a month payola from “jueteng”,” Perez said.
BMW is a moniker coined by Perez referring to Espino who dons a toupee (wig) in retaliation of calling the Celestes “bakes”.
In his response, Cojuangco thanked his guests and well wishers and assured them of the support of NPC and Biskeg to ensure their victories in 2016 elections.
“I am confident that with our strength, we will win in the elections. I am banking on your support not only for me but to Mark (Macanlalay), congressmen and board members,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco reiterated his program agenda to develop the agricultural and fishery sectors of the province being an agricultural area.
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