STA. BARBARA – Tale of the tapes say that an electoral candidate in Pangasinan has a runaway edge than his younger rival for the 2016 governorship election.
Former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco Photo Credit: Rappler
Former Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco cited his intelligence, capacity, and experiences as comparative advantage against Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III, the son and namesake of the exiting governor.
“Sa akin pong palagay kung iyong tatlong batayan ay gagamitin ninyo sa pagpili, una po sa aking kalaban mahigit po ang aking kaalaman, mahigit po ang aking kakayahan at lalong lalo na mas malawak ang aking karanasan sa kanya. Puwede ko pong sabihin na maari po akong maging mahusay na gubernador kaysa aking kalaban (If you use that three basis in voting between me and my rival in my opinion I have more knowledge, I have more capacity, and I have more experiences than him. I can be a better governor),” he told recently the residents of Gueguesangen West in one of his last three sorties in a day in this first class town.
He exhorted the three hundred spectators, who gathered in front of the house of a supporter, that he has nothing more to prove in life but to use the remaining strength to serve the people of Pangasinan.
He said Espino Jr., his godson in a wedding, is 38 years old only while he is 58 years and nearing being a senior citizen.
Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III,
“Lumalamang po ako ng mahigit dalawang dekada sa edad (My age is more than two decades than him)”
Before becoming a three term mayor and member of the provincial board, Espino was a gas station manager while Cojuangco oversees some of the family business empires under the tutelage of his father Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco – chairman of San Miguel Corporation, the largest food and beverage corporation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
In nine years Cojuangco was congressman from 2001 to 2010 serving the eight towns and city of the Fifth District of Pangasinan that saw a massive infrastructure projects he implemented there.
Multi million pesos farm facilities like the two eighty million pesos Rice and Corn Drying Facilities in Villasis and Alcala towns, hundreds of millions of pesos of concrete roads, machinery like John Deere tractors, harvesters, imported cattle and their breeding station, dairy farm, farm-to-market roads were implemented by the solon through his priority development assistant funds, connection with the powers- that- be in Manila, and the tobacco excise taxes the District exacted from the national government because of his intervention in Congress to make the excise law happened.
The former solon helped restructure the pathetic traffic snarl prone MacArthur Highway in Urdaneta City with billions of pesos he interceded at the national government for a world class swanky smooth cruising six lanes flood free concrete national highways.
He told the residents here that if elected he would provide a decent life and a decent jobs to better off their lives.
“I want that everyone in Pangasinan who are efficient can find decent job with a decent pay so he would no longer be looking for employment in other provinces and cities or go abroad to find one,” he explained in Filipino.
The almost three million populated Pangasinan, according to the report of the Department of Social Welfare & Development, has been reeling into alarming unemployment rates and glaring number of most poor people in Region 1
“I want to make Pangasinan attractive before the eyes of investors so they would come and put shops here,” he stressed in one of his hustling in the province.
Assistant Regional Director Marilyn Peralta of the DSWD told reporters in Dagupan City last year that out of the 199,000 beneficiaries of the 4Ps or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a poverty reduction program of the government, 124,091 families or 62% of the 199,000 are in Pangasinan.
If each of the cited families has an average of five members then there would be a total of 620,455 individuals who are either unemployed or earning less than P200 a day in the huge province