By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES, Pangasinan – The ten mayors of the 6th Congressional District in Pangasinan unanimously endorsed recently here former congressman Mark Cojuangco and Calasiao town Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay for the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial race in 2016 polls.
Cojuangco lauded the concerted efforts of the mayors to declare him and Macanlalay as the most qualified tandem for the race.
“It takes not only the governor a partner in public service. Mahalaga po na ang kasama ng governor na isang right hand man, isang kaya niyang pagkaka-tiwalaan. Ang isang kaya rin mag-capture ng imagination ng ating probinsiya in the future of the province. I find such person in the person of the mayor of Calasiao young man, an upcoming force in Pangasinan’s politics no other than Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay,” Cojuangco stressed at the residence here of Abono Party-List Congressman Conrado Estrella III last August 8.
Macanlalay, a former councilor and two- term mayor of the burgeoning town of Calasiao, said he was humbled by the trust and confidence reposed by the mayors and Cojuangco – a former three term congressman in the 5th District of Pangasinan, to him.
“Kumpiyansa, dedikasyon, at ganoon din nakikita niya rin sa akin na malaki ang maibibigay nating tulong sa kanilang pagsisilbihan bilang governor sa Pangasinan, malugod po nating tinatangap ang magandang pagkakata-on na ito upang suportahan natin sila sa legislature,” the still single and soft spoken mayor said.
He added that he would be informing immediately his barangay chairmen and political leaders after Cojuangco and the mayors declared him here as a probable vice gubernatorial bet.
“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 (anytime from now)”.
Before Macanlalay’s name cropped up as a vice gubernatorial material, the rumor mills had been chalking information that the former would handpick as his vice gubernatorial bet either San Carlos City Mayor Julier Resuello, Provincial President of the League of Municipal Mayors and Dasol Mayor Noel Nacar, Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV, 6th District Board Member Ranjit R. Shahani, or even former Pangasinan Governor Victor Agbayani.
But a source of this paper who was privy on the realignment said that the mayor and his father, Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay, had been meeting for several times with Cojuangco before the meeting here last August 8 of the young Macanlalay's possible bid in 2016.