|ARENAS' JUGGERNAUT: Congresswoman Rosemarie "Baby" Arenas|
(3rd District, Pangasinan) (3rd from Left) and daugher Rachel (,2nd from
Right) former solon of the district, and an unidentified companion.
By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Nakabangga ko si former Municipal Trial Court Judge Florante Gabat sa Robinson Mall-Calasiao kamakailan. Tinanong ko siya kung totoo ang ugong-ugong na tatakbo daw siya sa mayorship ng burgeoning town.
Hindi lang oo ang sinagot niya, inutusan pa niya ang kanyang ka- ticket sa pagka councilor a certain Tulao na kunin ang tarheta niya at t-shirt na pinamimigay na kung saan nakalagay sa tarheta “Team Agla Piga 2016 (Team Taking a Chance for 2016 sa Inglis) at t-shirt na puti na sumisigaw din ng “Team Agla Piga “Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Alone”, at “No Turning Back” .
“Dahil nagtatago na sa parating na plunder charge si MRT famed Wilson de Vera magiging three cornered fight na lang kayo malamang dito sa Calasiao. Makakasagupa niyo si either Mayor Mark Macanlalay o si Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay at si former congresswoman Rachel Arenas,” sabi ko sa kanya.
“Paano mo nasabi na si Vice Mayor Roy at si Rachel ang makakalaban ni judge?,” tanong ng kasama niya.
Sa mga tricycle at jeepney drivers, karpentero at tubero, at mga nag-iispray ng mangga na nagbabasa ng kulom na ito, ipag-papaumanhin ninyo ang explinasyon ko sa kasama ni Judge Gabat ay gagawin ko sa salitang Inglis (dahil sa napakasamang ubo na dinadanas ko ngayon, naubusan ako ng Pilipino) sa susunod na paragraph ng kolum na ito.
According to a top town official who asked anonymity, the siblings of former 3rd Congressional District Rep. Rachel Arenas are not only eyeing the mayoralty of the municipalities of Malasiqui and Calasiao but the town of Sta. Barbara in the 2016 polls.
“Si Citoy (Ramon Arenas, Jr.) Iyong natalo na tumakbong congressman sa Iloilo, iyan ang tatakbo sa Sta. Barbara. Iyong anak ni ___ iyon ang tatakbo sa Malasiqui”.
Grapevine says that the former solon’s younger brother Robert “Bing” Jimenez Arenas runs in Malasiqui versus the Poblacion Barangay Chairman Eric Brian Domantay, the son of graduating Mayor Armando Domantay, while Rachel eyes Calasiao versus reelectionist Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay or come backing mayoralty bet Roy Macanlalay (the incumbent vice mayor) incase he will throw his hat in the derby if the younger Macanlalay runs in the vice governorship under self-declared gubernatorial candidate Mark Cojuangco.
In May 6 Cojuangco offered the Number 2 post to Macanlalay when the former graced the farmers’ day in Calasiao during the town’s fiesta celebration.
“Pero the plan of the Arenases to run for these towns’ posts will be in the backburner if somebody big challenges their mother or come backing congressional wannabe Rachel in the district,” the source told me.
“Whom do you think the most capable to challenge their hegemony in the congressional race? Would it be (San Carlos City Mayor) Ayoy (Resuello)?” I posed.
“No, Ayoy will slide to run as vice mayor of his younger brother Bogs who will run on the mayoralty of the city. Ayoy wants to buttress through his presence the political stocks of his brother. San Carlos is huge, Ayoy will never leave it”.
He said the one who would give the Arenases a run of their monies will be Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar, the former no nonsense mayor of Sto. Tomas town.
“Kuya Bebot’s Mother hailed from San Carlos City. He can make the place as his residence. He already told us he has a moist eye for the 3rd Congressional District,” he stressed.
But a veteran radio broadcaster brushed the Villar bogey's against the Arenases, he said it would be former 3rd District Congressman Generoso Tulugan who will make a comeback to reclaim his old post.
“Maraming pera daw si Gener. Bebot, the Macanlalays, and Sta. Barbara Mayor Lito Zaplan will surely help him for his bid.