MAGANES: Monmon Guico versus Amado Espino Jr. in 2019 elections?

August 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

There’s now a districtwide rumor that Binalonan Mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico III will challenge  Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. for the fifth district seat in May 2019 polls. If my source is right, Guico, who is in his last term as mayor, is at present consolidating his political forces in the 5th District to muster enough support for his candidacy, especially now that a possible strong contender Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV has abandoned all ideas to run for the seat.

 A political observer in the district opined that Guico, if he’s bent on running, is the most likely qualified to run against the old Espino. He said that Guico has the backing of his aunt House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has still many supporters in Pangasinan, being a daughter of the province.(Macapagal-Arroyo’s mother Eva, was from Binalonan).  Guico will also be supported by his father, the former Mayor Ramon Guico Jr.,  once a national president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).


 Another political observer also said that Guico will have the backing of the municipal mayors of Sison (Danny Uy), Pozorrubio (Artemio Chan, whose wife Emma Chan will run again as mayor against Acting Mayor Ernesto Go) and Urdaneta City Mayor Bobom Perez. Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Laoac and Villasis will be a political playing field to both of them, as Espino has its own turf, the town of Bautista, and Guico in Binalonan. He said that Guico will even be stronger if Mark Cojuangco will run as Governor, as they’ve been allies for years. Like Cojuangco, political observers in 5th District are still waiting for the formal announcement of Guico whether he will really pursue his plan to run for the congressional seat.

 It’s 36 days more to go before the scheduled filing of certificates of candidacy, which is scheduled on October 1 to 5. By September, we will know how the political alliances in the province will work. Will there be shifting of party loyalties especially now that Hugpong Pagbabago Party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has forged alliances with Cojuangco’s National Peoples Coalition (NPC), Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP), National Unity Party (NUP), etc.?

 What will happen now to the PDP-Laban Party to which many politicians have jumped into like croaking frogs, and flipped over to like butterflies. President Duterte has also joined his daughter’s party, although has not yet totally abandoned the PDP-Laban Party. There are internal squabbles within the party due to political party schism. Of course, political parties will not catapult a politician to winning the political race, but it could help particularly on campaign funds.

Another young political stalwart in the making in 5th District is hell bent to run for a seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.Villasis  Councilor Nicholi Jan Louie Q. Sison has been visible lately in almost all towns in the district either as a speaker of youth trainings or playing basketball games with Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials. He was seen almost in his town visits with Board Member Chinky Perez Tababa who will seek re-election in 2019.

 Louie Sison’s star is beginning to shine for a provincial post. He’s been honed for many years not only as a public servant but as a young legislator. He was into the political arena as SK Federation  Chair of Villasis, and consistently on top as elected municipal councilor in his three terms. The last time I had a talk with him, he told me that he will run as “BM”. When I asked what “BM” means, he said it’s either “Bise Mayor” or Board Member. Both of us had good laughs.

 The way his sorties in various towns are doing, I am now glad that Louie will finally ran for a Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s post. It’s about time for Villasis to nurture a politician who will go on top of political arena, and that is Louie Sison- young and intelligent educator, leader, and a public servant. Louie has Villasis as his strongest bailiwick together with the town of Sto. Tomas ( his father Villasis Vice Mayor Jesus Franco “Butch” Sison Jr. has long been allied with the Villars for years) and Urdaneta City, where his mother the former Susan Quitlong hails. With his youthful charisma, he could easily blend with the millennial leaders in almost all towns in the district.

Speaking of Vice Mayor Butch Sison, political observers in Villasis are one in saying that he will run as mayor against Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica. He was seen lately visiting villages in the town, dining with the leaders and even donating office equipment and appliances. In all his visitations, he is warmly welcomed not only by the village leaders but the village folk as well. If my political mole is right, Vice Mayor Sison will have former Vice Mayor Paz Sison-Rafanan, as running mate.

A lot of political speculations are in the offing for local candidates. My only wish is that we have to discern who among them have the real heart to serve the people. As someone said, “leadership is not being asked, it is earned with good intentions to serve.”

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