Envoy hits Gov’s ‘ape-faced ole’ man’ call
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – A veteran politician whose stint in public office started in the late 1950s, assailed the Pangasinan governor for calling him a ‘wretched ape-faced handicapped old man.’
Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadito Perez Jr., told supporters of Nationalist People’s Coalition’s gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and vice gubernatorial bet Mark Roy Macanlalay, said he got the ire of exiting Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. after he (Perez) said Espino did not implement any project in the fifth distrct.
Espino is running for the fifth cogressional district seat against incumbent Rep. Kimi Cojuangco. His son Amado Espino III is running for governor against former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco.
Perez said: “Nag punta doon iyong mag –ama sa distrito. Sabi nila iyang pa pilay-pilay na hukluban na matanda na iyan nakiki-alam pa sa pulitika na kamukhang tsonggo. Sabi ko totoo iyan, nagbabaston ako dahil hukluban na. Pero hindi dapat tignan ang physical na itsura ng isang tao.
“May baston na ako ngayon. Sabi ko sa mga kaibigan ko na ang ikatatlong paa ko ay gawa sa bakal,” he said.
Perez cited the fate of former Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza who tremendously lost to the older Espino in the 2013 governorship race.
“Alam ninyo kung bakit ganoon lang kalayo ang diperensiya ni Governor Espino at ni Braganza ng halalan ng nakaraan? Dahil amay kwandad Pangasinan walay ibubulsa ton tilay, walay ibubulsa ton banyas. Amom data nga malas naguyod mo idyay malas nga ibulbulsam nga banyas ket sisigurado nga naabak ka (Why that huge difference in the voting tabulation between Espino and Braganza? Because as what the Pangasinenses say Braganza kept a lizard in his pants’ pocket thus a misfortune because he carried a lizard that caused his loss),” he said in a mixed Pangasinan and Ilocano’s dialects.
Perez said Cojuangco was not corrupt. He said when they were both a congressman, a jueteng (illegal number game) financier came to Cojuangco and asked for his protection for half-a-million peso a month.
“Dahil si Congressman Mark Cojuangco ay hindi anak ng jueteng. Oo totoo iyan dahil ilang beses na may kilala ako na nagpapalaro na binibigyan ng kalahating milyon buwan-buwan si Congressman Cojuangco. Natatandaan ko pa iyan tinangihan niya. Pinagalitan niya pa iyong tao,” Perez said as the people gave Cojuangco a rousing applause for his integrity.
Ever since the son of business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco became a congressman, Perez said, he never saw Mark asked for S.O.P (euphemism for financial cut) in government projects in his district.
“Sinabi niya sa kontraktor kung ano iyang ibibigay mo na porsiyento idagdag mo na diyan sa proyekto. Ganyan ka linis po ang ating kandidatung governor!”.
Perez also regaled the crowd how naughty was a colleague in Congress who told him how to stop aging.
He said Abono Partylist Congressman Conrado Estrella, then a regular congressman, advised him to look for pretty women to take care of him especially after work.
“Tanungin ninyo si Congressman Estrella mahigit singkuwenta na iyan, pero parang biente otso lang dahil maraming nag aalaga sa kanya,” by pointing to the solon who was seated near Cojuangco at the chairs in stage of the public plaza here.
“Nakasabay ko sa Congress iyan. Sabi niya ang unang tinuro niya sa akin. Manong, para huwag ka tumanda, maghanap ka ng mag-aalaga sa iyo. Sabi ko natatakot ako sa misis ko. Kamukha ni Mark…” he continued as the hoi polloi applauded.
Perez, a rumored Don Juan, said he out rightly dismissed Estrella’s suggestion because he feared the brunt of his wife.
“To tell you the truth, I feared my wife because I am just like Mark Cojuangco who is a one man woman”.
He joked that in a fiesta he pulled out Cojuangco from the presence of beauty contestants especially if his wife was there looking.
He said the gubernatorial bet is a faithful husband who has no children with otheer women.
“Sisiguruhin ko sa inyo na si Mark walang second crop iyan,” he said.
AIR POWER DISPLAY. Philippine civilians and military officials mill last April 9 around the various combat aircraft of the United States, Philippines, and Australia at the static display at Clark Air Base in Pampanga. The combat planes and surface to surface rockets HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) were used in the March 18 to April 22 Balikatan (military exercise) 2016. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
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