|Calimlim (L) with Gov. Espino and former Cong. Cojuangco|
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – A vice gubernatorial candidate in the mammoth province of Pangasinan said that his edge why he deserves a second term is his perfect attendance for the last three years as vice governor and presiding officer.
“Always present ako. Wala akong absent as vice governor. Wala akong absent as presiding officer, and lahat na binabalangkas namin na mga batas at mga resolution ay talagang nilalabas on time. Lahat ng mga maaring naming gawin na ordinansa para protektahan ang karapatan ng bawat Pangasinense at para maisasa-ayos ang lahat ng mga aspecto ng buhay, magmula sa pag-ayos ng turismo, investment, kalusugan, environment, pag-i-encode ng procedure paano pinapatatakbo ang isang provincial government ay ginagawa na namin during the 7th Sanggunian Panlalawigan,” re-electionist Vice Governor Ferdinan Calimlim stressed. He said that all the annual appropriation budget of all the 42 towns and three cities under the provincial government have been approved on time by the provincial board where he seat as presiding officer.
Calimlim would not give a specific answer when asked who is tougher among former Vice Governor Oscar Lambino whom he fought in the 2010 election and vice gubernatorial challenger Art Lomibao he faces for the May 13, 2013 poll.
“ Mahirap sagutin iyan. Alam naman natin si Vice Governor Lambino ay nag-served na rin ng three terms as mayor, three terms as vice governor. So more or less tantiyado na ng ta-o kung ano ang character niya, performances niya”. He said he knows Lomibao as a friend and an underling of his late father who became a three-star general and deputy chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the time of former president Joseph Estrada.
“ Isa sa mga officials na lumaki sa pagtuturo ng ama ko. He said it saddened him that he would be facing in the political arena the ward of his father.
“ Pero mahirap mag comments kung sa anong level iyong klase ng labanan namin. Ako pini-present ko sa saril ko at sa tao na nag-pi-perform ako sa vice governorship for almost three years”.
He said that if Pangasinenses want him to serve them for another three years his political fate lies with them.