|Lomibao and Braganza (2nd and 3rd from Left in 2nd Row) during their consultation in the 3rd District, Pangasinan|
Nangyari po iyong inclusion na ‘yan hindi ho dahil sa election na paparating kundi dahil sa mga krimeng nangyari sa mga nakaraan na ilang taon. They should not lay the blame on somebody else when politicians are being killed by politicians themselves in the province.” This was pointed out by Alaminos City Mayor Hernani “Nani” Braganza, Liberal Party candidate for governor, and his partymate former PNP Chief Arturo Lomibao, during the Peace and Development Forum. At the said forum held in Lingayen – the seat of the provincial administration – media pundits were surprised as Lingayenians themselves affirmed Braganza’s and Lomibao’s contentions. In giving Braganza and Lomibao a standing ovation, the forum participants have strongly manifested their grave concern over the prevailing peace and order condition in the province, adding that “the province of Pangasinan is far from being the safest place to live in, invest and raise a family.” Lomibao voiced strong suspicion that the demand for the removal of Pangasinan from the list of high-risk provinces is part of a sinister plot. “Be thankful to Roxas. Gusto niyang maging mas secured ang Pangasinan,” he said. “Baka po may balak silang gumawa ng masama sa eleksyon kaya ayaw nila sa inclusion.” Braganza, on the other hand, lamented the demise of the Arcinue couple of Lingayen which he said could have been averted. “Dito ho sa bayan ninyo may mga larawan ng mga pulitikong pinatay. Kung naimbestigahan lang ho nang tama nung una silang inambush dapat buhay pa ho sila ngayon. Pero hindi ho ganon dahil pinabayaan ng ating gobyerno, ng ating gobernador,” he said. He stressed that the provincial government should not blame Secretary Roxas for another murder incident that took the life of a Liga ng Mga Barangay President from Agno. Through Braganza’s efforts, however, the suspect has been caught and charged. Another killing incident transpired in Alcala where the victim was a kagawad opposing illegal quarrying in their town. “Kung may kasamaang nangyayari sa iyong probinsya, harapin mo yan at huwag maninisi ng ibang tao,” Braganza said (PRESS RELEASE).