As Speculation Looms Another District Readies
By Mortz Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – A gubernatorial bet’s spokesman of the Nationalist People's Coalition in Pangasinan would not disclose what congressional district mayors, board members, and congressman will throw their hats for the bid of his candidate.
|GUEST SPEAKER. Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco gamely tested the|
intellectual prowess of public school children in San Carlos City last Tuesday.
He was guest speaker of the Buwan ng Wika celebration attended by
pupils and parents of seven big elementary schools in seven villages in
the City. The event was held at Talong Central School in Barangay Talong,
San Carlos City.
Engineer Rosendo So said after four solons and 17 mayors of Districts 1 and 2 declared their alliance with the plan of former Congressman Mark Cojaungco to run for the governorship of the province in 2016, he expect another district to follow suit immediately.
“”Maybe Fourth, maybe Third, maybe Second, maybe Fifth,” he quipped when pressed by this paper what particular district where its congressman, board members and mayors will publicly show their support to Cojuangco.
In July 25 Board Members Rene Anthony Sison and Napoleon Fontalera and seven mayors of the First District of Pangasinan went to the Nationalist People’s Coalition‘s headquarter in Quezon City.
They were led by Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste.
So said although the District’s Congressman Jesus Celeste was not there, his brother said the lawmaker supported Cojuangco’s bid.
In August 8 ten mayors of the 6th Congressional District accompanied by Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas and Board Member Ranjit R. Shahani pledged their support for Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay's electoral intention at the residence of Abono Party-list Rep. Conrad Estrella in Barangay Tumana in Rosales, Pangasinan .
Although Mayor Macanlalay has been endorsed recently by the 10 mayors, Board Members, and a congressman, the NPC, according to So still wait for his final announcement to declare his vice gubernatorial bid.
“I don’t know. Let’s wait for him. Kasi sabi niya kailangang muna (consult) ng leaders. Hintayin natin,” when asked when will Macanlalay formally announced his bid.
After the young mayor was asked by Cojuangco to join him at the press conference attended by the solons and the mayors of the 6th District, Macanlalay told the media that he would consult his leaders and supporters first about the plan of the former congressman to commission him as his vice governorship tandem.
“Upang maipaliwanag naman po sa kanila ang kumpiyansa at dedikasyon sa atin (ni former congressman Cojuangco) at gusto rin natin makapag-paalam ng maayos. We will be making our (formal vice governorship's bid) declaration for 2016,” he said.
In the latest interview by this paper with Macanlalay, he said his leaders had already given their nod for him to run for the number two post in the humongous province.