Saturday , June 23, 2018

Mercado: Sleeping giants

SLEEPING giants may just stir and wake up for a perfunctory fight in 2019 elections.

A seeded candidate for City Mayor is Angeles City Vice Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno, concededly the frontrunner by right of office. All others in the rumble are motivated by a dream (Alex); an obsession (Mamac) and the man who came to dinner came to dinner, Lito Lapid.

Like male dogs that can scent a bitch in heat a distance away, the politician traces female pheromone and react accordingly. Through press cons and publicity releases he signals his intent. Councilor Pogi beats the mayoral aspirants in propaganda output.

Mamac has his friends in media who help him in his publicity. Lapid needs no publicity, even his critic Arayat Mayor Alejandrino contributes to his popularity by bashing his role in the movie series featuring ugly sides of the place. Bon seems to carry an axe on the former governor whom he suspected of supporting his rivals for the mayoralty in past elections.

Cauguiran has support of the 30,000 card bearing members of a registered Angeles-based political party. People believe he plays a yeoman’s role in the Pamintuan Social Con- tract With the People which transformed the city into a transmogrified community.

I will not discount the entry of former Vice Mayor Vicky in the context. Watch her future cameo roles in indie films, hinting interest in the race for either Vice M. or mayor

Speaking of sleeping giants do not forget the Kong, the man for all seasons.

He’s the only man who sleeps with one eye open.

True to his plans to help decongest Metro Manila, DOTr Secretary Tugade has transferred the head offices of the agency at Clark, triggering protest from employees. His problem may be solved in due time by sweetening the pot for personnel transfer acceptance at Clark.

Certain privileges may be guaranteed for the employees such as, but not limited to the followings:

Unhampered entry to the casinos and resort facilities; purchase of limited tax free merchandise at Pure Gold and such stores; special gas/diesel rates in fuel stations, golf clubs, etc. A DOTR Employees Cooperative may be allowed to import tax free goods for use within Clark. Given the above privileges, let us see the future exodus of other national government agencies to Clark. That’s true decongestion in action.

I just read that Dr. Bong Alvaro PhD, former city administrator has joined the PDP-group of Senate president Pimentel in an oath-taking of new members last week. Newsmen see one of the major investors at Clark in active politics in the 1st District.