10 mayors, religious groups rally behind Celeste

August 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm 1 comment

BOLINAO – Ten mayors of the First Congressional District of Pangasinan and religious leaders signed manifestos condemning the persons who fed wrong information to President Rodrigo Duterte that their solon was protecting illegal drugs peddlers.
Boy 14FABRICATED. Pangasinan First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste tells reporters that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was fed fabricated information that he was a drug lord. He says his family’s political opponent since 2010 was behind the demolition of his reputation and that of his brother Alaminos City’s Mayor Arthur Celeste.

According to a staff of Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste, who asked for anonymity, all the ten mayors of the district met last Thursday noon with the solon at his world class El Pescador Hotel in this rustic coastal town.
“Each of all the ten mayors, all of the vice mayors and barangay chairmen of the first district signed the manifesto declaring their support to the congressman,” he said.
The ten mayors who joined the solon for the lunch cum meeting were Anda Mayor Aldrin C. Cerdan, Bani Mayor Gwen Palafox Yamamoto, Bolinao Mayor Arnold del Fiero Celeste, Burgos Mayor Alberto R. Guiang, Jr., Dasol Mayor Eric Verzosa, Infanta Mayor Marvin Martinez, Mabini Mayor Alimar Briana, Sual Mayor Roberto L. Arcinue, and Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste.
Religious leaders led by this town’s Reverend Father Bayani “Yannix” M. Liguid, Parochial Vicar Reverend Father Allan Jose R. Manaois, and countless officials and members of religious ministries, organizations, and movements affixed their signatures in a letter to the Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa and President Duterte lamenting the charges against Celeste.

“Allow us further to comment that perhaps you were fed with wrong and politically motivated information. This is very sad because as Parish Priest of St. James the Great Parish here in Bolinao, Pangasinan since June 2012, I have not observed the good Congressman whom you have addressed as Municipal Mayor in your pronouncement to suspiciously doing illegal activities especially on illegal drugs,” Reverend Father Liguid said after the president publicly mentioned the name of Celeste and other high public officials in the country last August 7.
The Reverend Father added that the congressman was observed to be very caring and supportive to his constituents. The people here, he said, were so grateful when he was first elected as mayor because he has shown strong determination and courage, the same characteristics that President Duterte has in curbing crimes which were already very alarming before Celeste assumed as mayor of the town. He finished his nine year-term with unblemished reputation in this first class town.
 Congressman Celeste said thousands of leaders and members of various religious groups here will have a prayer meeting on August 17 to show their support to him.
“Hinde kami magra- rally pero para magsindi sila ng kandila sa Bolinao. Pati mga pari natin dito religious group sumusuporta sa akin, akala nila nakakulong na tayo. Madami naninira sa atin sa Face Book,” he declared.
He cited that even his political opponents in the May 9 election supported him in his present ordeal.
“Iyon ang target nila, sirain tayo. Pero sa atin naman masaya pa rin kahit ganito ang nangyari nakita ko ang mga taong sumusuporta sa atin. Iyong mga bumoto sa akin full support pati iyong hinde bumoto sa akin full support maski sa kabilang partido sila, pumirma sila suporta nila sa akin”.
He said he was grateful for the manifestos of the ten mayors and religious groups because he would send them to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and to President Duterte in Malacanang Palace.
When asked if he would meet with Duterte to explain his side, he said he is still gathering more data that would exonerate him from the narcotic charges.
“Nagga-gather ako ng evidence dito sa paninira. Naghahanap kami ng mga old newspapers na ginamit sa amin,”he explained.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sally  |  August 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    WalaNg katotohan ang binibintang nang apo presednte. Sa mga pamilya celeste.saksi ang mga kababayan nang buong bilinao.


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