DILG Sec Sueno visits kin in Binalonan
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – After gracing the Anti-Illegal Drugs Summit here, the Interior & Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno went to Binalonan town for a sentimental visit to his relatives.
“There is a street where many people there are relatives of Secretary Sueno, “ Binalonan Mayor Ramon “Mon-Mon” Guico III told Northern Watch.
The mayor, during the interview, was in a hurry to enter his Sports Utility Vehicle to catch up with the convoy of Sueno who went ahead of him to the first class eastern Pangasinan town.
According to Mayor Guico the middle name of Secretary Sueno is Dres.
“The mother came from Binalonan. They are related to the Macaraegs, Sorianos, and Guicos,” he said.
The mother of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a Macaraeg. Arroyo is an aunt of Mayor Guico. His father, former Mayor Ramon Guico Jr, is the second cousin of the former president.
According to a source of Northern Watch, the incumbent administrator of Koronadal City’s local government unit, where the secretary was the former mayor, told him that the father of Sueno came from Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.
Sueno, a former governor of South Cotabato, was here as guest speaker of the Pangasinan Anti-Illegal Drugs Summit held at the Sison Auditorium.
The Summit was attended by provincial appointed, elective, and police officials, members of the provincial and city prosecutors, and the judiciary.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Region 1 Regional Director Jeoffrey C. Tacio discussed the national and regional drug situation; PDEA General Isidro S. Lapena (Retired) gave his message and introduced Sueno; Jose Patrick Madayag, chief of Prevention Education and Community Involvement Division, presented the Barangay Clearing Operation; Allan D. Ancheta, Chief, Legal Section-PDEA Regional Office-1 discussed the Salient Feature of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and SOP or Standard Operation Procedure on Handling Voluntary Surrenderees; Under Secretary Rommel Garcia, Vice Chairman, Dangerous Drugs Board presented Drugs and its Ill-Effects, and an open forum where panel members were Under Secretary Garcia Regional Director Gregorio R. Pimentel of Police Regional Office-1, Regional Director, PDEA, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council Executive Director.
Meanwhile, Guico said he and Laoac Mayor Silvestre Alarcio eyed a land here to be lent by Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III for the construction of a building for the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Pangasinan Chapter.
Guico and Alarcio were elected recently as the president and vice president, respectively, of the League.
Guico is heard to be eyeing the national presidency of the LMP.
Mayor Guicio’s father was the president of the national LMP during the term of president Arroyo.
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