How can we lose? – Celeste
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SISON – “With almost all village officials how can we lose this election?” posed by Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste during the distribution recently of the Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) to electoral aspirants at the palatial residence of gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco.
|The 35 city and town mayors and other aspirants in Pangasinan that supported the bids of Mark Cojuangco and Mark Roy|
Macanlalay for the governorship and vice governorship of the mammoth province.
Celeste, a former congressman like Cojuangco, said 35 incumbent mayors out of the 47 mayors and 75% of the barangay officials in the 1,333 villages in the 3 million populated Pangasinan supported the governorship and vice governorship candidacies of Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.
“So ano po ang ibig sabihin nito? Para po tayo sa bayan natin. Kung kasama po natin lahat ng kapitan, kasama po natin lahat ng barangay officials majority hindi naman po lahat paano po tayo matatalo?”
Celeste told an army of candidates running for the provincial board, mayoralty, vice mayoralty, and members of the town council applauding at the well manicured rolling lawn of the Cojuangcos in Barangay Labayug in Sison, Pangasinan.
Celeste said that he and his older brother Jesus or Boying, the first district congressman, crowed that nine out of 10 mayors in their district support Cojuangco and Macanlalay’s bid.
He said the mayor of Infanta should be supporting Cojuangco but he and his brother made a promised that the son of the late Mayor Ruperto Martinez, who was assassinated in December 2012, would be their candidate for the mayoralty in 2016”.
“Sa amin po sa primero distrito, kung paano ang kampanya namin doon, lagi po kaming nag uusap sa mga mayors, vice mayors, sa mga barangay kapitan, lagi po naming nilalaban hindi lang iyong sarili namin siyempre unang ilalaban po natin iyong ating governor, vice governor, mga congressmen at provincial boards kaya ito pong labanan na ito ako po ay tiwalang tiwala kung tutulungan po natin ang liderato ni Governor Mark, wala pong dahilan na siya pa ay matalo!" he stressed.