Young Espino, a no-show at radio debate with Cojuangco
PANGASINAN GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- The namesake and son of the sitting governor Amado T. Espino Jr. who is running for the gubernatorial post in Pangasinan against former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco snobbed the scheduled debate at the Bombo Radyo here last April 16.
Because of his non-appearance, Pangasinenses were dismayed and frustrated on their hopes to be enlightened on the platforms and development advocacies of the two contending gubernatorial aspirants.
Gubernatorial candidate Cojuangco of Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) and Biskeg na Pangasinan, attended the debate and was ready to face his rival to answer all issues hurled against him and to lay down his platform and advocacies of governance.
Before the debate, Bombo Radyo informed its listeners that the invitation to Espino was given ahead of the scheduled date and in fact his camp has postponed the earlier schedule set.
As Espino was a no-show, Cojuangco discussed his programs of government should he win the governorship. These are agricultural development, solving the flooding and drainage problem of central Pangasinan, enticing businessmen to invest in the province to generate jobs, education, energy, disposal of the illegally mined black sand in Lingayen and many more.
Cojuangco was also frustrated why Barangay Captain Pogi Espino of Poblacion, Bautista did not show up to the debate.
He said the Pangasinenses should have the opportunity to hear the ideas and programs of both candidates for governor that will affect their lives and future.
Cojuangco further said the Pangasineses should have given the option to elect their next leader on May 9.
It was a one-sided event that only Cojuangco was able to present his platform and advocacies.
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