By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Some political commentators told me in a huddle that former solon Mark Cojuangco could not be a shoo-in since people in the western part of Pangasinan and many areas in the humongous province do not know him yet.
|Former Congressman Mark Cojuango|
“Incase election will be held today between Mark and Pogi (Amado T. Espino III, namesake and the son of the incumbent governor), Pogi will be the hands off winner since Espino is a household name already,”
DWPR political commentator Ruel Camba told us media men, over bottles of Red Horse beers, that the young Espino is the opponent that could give Mark a run of his monies.
Aksiyon Radyo master showman Joel Balolong assails Mark when I posted the link of my blog “Cojuangco for Governor goes Haywire” at Face Book.
“Gusto nyo ba na ang susunod na governador ay mahirap kausapin? Sawa na tayo dyan. Maraming magagaling na tunay na Pangasinense na puweding maging governor. Sa senado ka na lang Cong. Mark huwag mo nang pasukin ang probinsya. Maawa ka naman! “Di ba Mortz?”
My favorite police official cum political analyst said that the Espinos would not go into a head on collision with Cojuangco.
“Malaki ang naitulong ni Mark sa kay “Espines (Governor Espino)” noong 2013 election to the extent na nakipag away siya sa hierarchy ng Liberal Party (coalition member of Mark’s Nationalist People’s Coalition) noong hina- harassed si Espines ng kalaban. The Espinos lost all the premiums to challenge Mark in the 2016,” he opined.
A high official at the provincial capitol told me that the early announcement of Cojuangco for his gubernatorial bid that caught off guard people at the recent State of the Province Address of Governor Espino has probably got the blessing of Malacanang.
“Kina-usap siguro ni president si Mark kasi siya lang ang makapag unite ng mga partido dito sa Pangasinan para sa ikakapanalo ni (2016 presidential bet) Mar Roxas kontra kay (Vice President Jejomar) Binay”.
Cojuangco and President Aquino are second cousins.
Do you agree with this analysis Colonel non-pareil Marlou Chan?