By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – What happens if two rivals for political office meet in an occasion they both grace?
For Nationalist People’s Coalition vice gubernatorial bet Mark Roy Macanlalay, the call of the day was to be courteous and polite to rival and incumbent and reelectionist Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr.
After shaking hand with him, Macanlalay told Calimlim and the thousands of the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) from the 5th Congressional District of Pangasinan who attended the 12th BHW Congress:
“We gave respect to our beloved Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim who is our friend and we don’t have any issue with him. I am running for the vice governorship and this is a call of the party so I can serve the people of Pangasinan”
Macanlalay was accompanied by NPC’s gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco in that occasion held at the public gym here last October 28 here.
Cojuangco is pitted with the son and namesake of exiting Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. for the next year’s election. Calimlim and Espino run under Aksyon Demokratiko at Partido ng Pangasinan.
He exhorted the BHWs that he and Cojuangco will faithfully serve them and the people of the entire province after they win the top two highest elective positions in Pangasinan .
“Pakilala at ipahayag sa inyo ang aming sarili na lagi kayong pagsisilbihan at paglilingkuran. Ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat sa inyong serbisyo na ginagawad sa ating bayan (From the bottom of our heart we laud your dedicated services to our people)”.
Cojuangco told the BHWs that they are all partners in serving the destitute in the villages and far flung areas.
“You are our partners in the government programs. With the blessing of God and with your help that we would be voted to the Capitol in Lingayen as governor and vice governor we want this partnership with you to become permanent,” the former solon told the thousands of applauding BHWs who attended the jampacked Congress.
Although the affair was intended for the BHWs in the 5th Congressional District that was once represented by Cojuangco, many BHWs from various congressional districts in the 44 towns and three cities' province attended.
The other guests of honour that graced the Congress were this city’s Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, Representatives Marlyn Premicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan), and Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan), and vice presidential bet and Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, J