Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Why Abono Party List will get three seats in Congress
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES, Pangasinan – By merging forces with well-entrenched political families, the Abono Party-list group expects to get three seats in congress in the May 13 polls. Engineer Rosendo So, Abono Party-List’s chair, said since Pangasinan and La Union produced two congressmen in the 2010 election in Representatives Robert Raymund Estrella and Francisco Ortega III, the group’s third nominee would be a shoo-in in congress after the party joined forces with the formidable political families of the Dys in Isabela province.
So opined that with the alliance the party entered with the Dys and buttressed by its pro-farmers advocacies in the past years victory, for the three nominees looms.
”Iyong mga efforts natin sa anti-smuggling, iyong sa hog raisers, poultry raisers malaking tulong sa livelihood nila. Maraming manga-ngampanya sa atin sa other areas,” he said.
He explained the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija will go for Abono after the party fought to stop the smuggling of rice, pork, chicken, onions that undermined the local agricultural industry. He said the onions growers in Nueva Ecija promised their support to the party after he fought against the smuggling of onions in the country.
He said the voters nationwide know that after Abono Party List fought “tooth and nail” recently against the unabated smuggling of cheap rice from Vietnam, India, and China the gate price of palay returns to P17 from P14 a kilo. “Itong rice (smuggled) from Visayas and Mindanao hindi na dumadating sa Luzon. Nahinto natin. So malaking bagay iyang price dati ng palay na hindi bumagsak ng katorse at ma-maintain din sa P17,” he said.
He said the party also forays in the villages in Metro Manila by talking with political leaders there so they can help sway more vote for Abono. “The mayors and barangay leaders there promised to deliver votes for us. Each barangay there has 75 thousand to 80 thousand population. So iyon ang tinitingnan natin,” he said. So was in the media limelight lately when he exposed the patent P32 billion a year smuggling of farm products under the noses of Bureau of Custom’s commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon whom he asked to resign. So expose’ shook the BOC after Ramon S. Ang, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Petron Corporation, unmasked that P30 billion petroleum products illegally entered the country that deprived the nation coffer with much needed revenues.