PANGASINAN’S ALTERNATIVE LEADER :Mayor Art Celeste offers self as governor

October 20, 2018 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste said he decided to run as governor of Pangasinan to give the people an “alternative leader.”

Celeste filed his Certificate of Candidacy at the Provincial Electoral Office on October 11 for the May 13, 2019 local elections.

He told reporters that he was undaunted by the claims of political pundits that the Espinos have won over all their political opponents in election for the gubernatorial post in Pangasinan.

Espino won over Jamie Eloise Agbayani in 2007, former Governor Victor Agbayani in 2010, former Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza in 2013, and former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco in 2016.

“I could not be compared to them. The Espinos have not yet run against the Celestes. I am different from (the past candidates),” he said.

He also said everybody has the right to run for the gubernatorial post or any post in a democratic country and hope that “this will be a friendly game” between him and the Espinos.

“We should lay down our programs to the Pangasinenses. I wish the political campaign will be devoid of intrigues and mudslinging. People are already fed up with these kinds of political tactics,” Celeste said, adding that his opponents could hurl anything against him but he has no plan to retaliate.

As what he had experienced in the 1st District, he said the more his opponents tried to destroy him personally, the more the people showed him their full support during elections.

“I will make rounds of visit in many towns and cities in the province during the campaign period and people will see me in person as I talk with them about my plans for Pangasinan,” he said.


Celeste also outlined his programs for the development of Pangasinan, which are achored on 3-Ks- katahimikan (peace and order), kabuhayan (livelihood opportunities), and kalikasan (environment).

“There’s a need to set aside funds to protect the environment. The government is spending so much for rehabilitation activities after any calamity. A good leader has to plan on how to spend public funds,” Celeste said.

He also bared that Alaminos City was the first city in the entire country to be declared drug-free. “If I could do that in the city, I could do it too in the entire province.”

He further said that when he ran as Punong Barangay in 1989 (Luciente I, Bolinao), his dreamed was to become a Mayor of Bolinao , but political opportunities opened when (Hernani) Braganza was appointed in a national position prompting him to run as congressman of the 1st District.

“ My entry in politics are all unplanned. Like when I ran as mayor in Alaminos City, even my relatives don’t believe that I will win, as I was a new resident in the city. After five years, look at the transformation I have done in the city. With an income of P300 million in 2013, that was increased to P655 million now,” he said.

Celeste also bared that tourism activities in the city contributed P50 million annually in the local revenue compared to P15 million annually from 2013 owing to the influx of tourist-visitors from 150,000 a year to 600,000 last year.

“The first District is a coastal area and we have to develop its tourism potentials. We could not concentrate on agro-industrialization here, which could be done in the other districts in the province. Like what I’ve done in Alaminos City, I could also improve the tourism activities in the entire province of Pangasinan,” Celeste said.

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