|Gubernatorial bet Braganza (L) and former Governor Agbayani|
Former Governor Victor E. Agbayani yesterday belied reports that he has already abandoned Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza saying the Liberal Party, to which Agbayani is provincial chair, remains solidly supportive of Braganza’s candidacy for governor.
“Sinasabi nila sa kabila na iniwan ko na si Nani at iniwan ko na ang LP, hindi totoo yon, binaluktot nila yong sinabi ko.
Nanatili tayong loyal sa ating mga kasama sa LP sa Pangasinan,” he said over Bombo Radyo.
Agbayani clarified that what he said was that he was giving Braganza a free-hand in running his campaign and in orchestrating or coordinating the campaign activities of three groups working to ensure the triumph of the LP candidates in Pangasinan. “Ang aking binitiwan ay ang pagiging general manager ng Pangasinan Muna Movement at ACL for Vice- Governor Movement. Ngunit nanatili akong chairman ng LP, at lahat ng LP matters including the campaign ay ako pa rin ang hahawak,” Agbayani said.
He also clarified that the national LP hierarchy will support financially its local candidates in the campaign period. “Ang partido mismo ang pumili kay Braganza at retired Gen. Lomibao bilang kandidato sa pagka-gobernador at bise-gobernador.
They are fully supported by President Aquino and Secretary Roxas, the LP president,” said Agbayani.
He called on Pangasinenses to support Braganza and Lomibao saying: “Sa ating mga kababayan, bawat eleksyon ay napakahalaga sa kasaysayan ng isang probinsiya, sa kasaysayan ng isang bayan. Sana ay piliin natin ang karapat-dapat, ang tunay na nagmamahal sa probinsiya at nag bibigay ng malinis at marangal na serbisyo.”
For his part, Braganza said Pangasinenses can expect a new approach to election campaigning from Team Pangasinani 2013. “This is a campaign that ensures Pangasinan Muna, Hindi Bulsa Muna and one that veers away from and condemns the traditional ways of the 3Gs (Guns, Goons and Gold) that our opponents have time and again used”, he added Braganza said his political opponents have once again been caught lying through their teeth. “Napatunayan po sa tulong ng media na sila ay nagpapakalat ng kasinungalingan ng sabihin nilang ghost projects ang ipinatayo nating unibersidad at pabahay at kasalukuyang tinatapos na ospital, hotel, computer laboratories at E-Kawayan factory at ang airport sa ating lungsod Alaminos,” Braganza said.
“Napatunayan ding nagsisinungaling sila ng aminin ng abogado ni Gubernador Espino, na siyang nasa likod ng lahat ng ito, na walang P4.7 bilyon plunder laban sa akin.” “Ngayon, napatunayan na namang nagsisinungaling sila sa pagsabi na hindi na tayo sinusuportahan ni former Governor Agbayani.”