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Sunday, April 13, 2014

TOO EARLY -- In fairness to Senator Lito Lapid, he never hinted nor made an announcement to his guests in the blessing of his new home in Barangay Anunas that he is going to run for mayor of Angeles City. That was a Saturday, April 5.

It was former congressman Tarzan Lazatin, an invited guest, who was few chairs from me who was making a conclusive analysis that if Lapid will contest Mayor Ed Pamintuan in 2016, it will consign the latter into political retirement.

He was even suggesting to Lapid, who was all smiles as Tarzan was making his dissertations, to pick either on lawyer Willie Rivera or former councilor Alfie Bonifacio as his runningmate. The two who were also seated in our table were all smiles while trying to keep their heads not to nod.


Lapid, a politician for almost 30 years, knew too well it is not time yet to make a concrete political plan at this early. The situation is still fluid. “Marami pa ang pwedeng mangyari.”

MORE NAMES – “It ain't over till the fat lady sings.” This slang was common in midwestern United States when travelling vaudevilles end their shows with a fat lady ending a show with a bow with her buttocks facing the whistling and cheering crowd as the curtain falls. Same in politics.

Not until the poll body will publish the names of those seeking public office, we will know who is running with what and with whom. Meantime, speculation attracts reading, and good materials for me and other opinion writers.

RUMOR MILLS -- My colleagues in the Angeles City Council led by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega and Councilor Maricel Morales paid visits to Mabalacat City and Magalang and sought support for the passage of support resolutions for the separation of Angeles City as a lone congressional district.

Having Angeles City as a lone congressional district will dramatically change the political landscape. Lapid may do a Biazon, him sliding into to the lower house and leaving the mayoralty race in Angeles open. What about a Pineda running for mayor in Angeles City? I've heard that rumor a hundred times.

NON-ISSUE -- The residency of a person is no longer a problem for anyone who wanted to seek a public office as long as he or she is a resident of one year of the place where he desires to run. It no longer matters where you were born and not considered significant, especially in Angeles City a place of migration where diverse ethnic groups established footholds over a period of time.

A man born in Porac or a lady from Lubao can register as voters in Angeles City, and that will pose no problem. I was born in Porac, my fellow candidates in the 1988 local elections and voted into office were not homegrown Angelenos. I can cite Vice Mayor Ric Zalamea of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Dr. Ramon Moreno of Iloilo, Lito Ganzon and Bong Alvaro of Concepcion, Tarlac, Lorenzito Buan also from Porac, Magno Pangilinan from Sto. Tomas and many others.

The Lazatins and Sandicos were from Mexico, ex-mayor Francisco G. Nepomuceno was born and raised in Porac. He run for governor as a registered voter of Porac and transferred precinct when he run for mayor in 1980.

TARZAN -- What about former congressman Tarzan Lazatin? His political career on the winding path after the disastrous result of his mayoral bid in 2013? Ask him, and his ready reply was that he now enjoys himself, feeling more relaxed now that he is a private citizen. But is it not, that once a politician is always a politician? My own take is that if there will be no Lapid or Pineda in the ring in the mayoralty fight of 2016, a possible rematch is in the offing.

But if a Pineda will buy a house in Angeles City, then something more interesting is coming in 2016.

HOT AIR -- The four-day hot air balloon festival held in Lubao drew a large crowd. The success indicates that good planning is the key in holding a successful event. The Lubao festival surpassed the number of attendance of hot air balloon events held for several years in Clark Freeport. Lubao town is now in the world map. Pampanga First Gentleman Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda was very much behind in the festival's success with help from Vice Governor Dennis and daughter Mylene P. Cayabyab. And of course, wholehearted support from Governor Nanay and the Pampanga mayors.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 14, 2014.


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