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By Max Sangil
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
THERE are two heavyweights Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan is facing in this election. We will know in May 13 if he will remain in his seat in the city hall. The Lazatins and the Nepomucenos.
If spokesmen and followers of both be queried, each camp is very much ahead. That's trending. Like a ping pong game, both throw dirt daily against each other, including the kitchen sink, so to speak.
Politics is synonymous to the Lazatins and Nepomucenos. The two families served Pampanga and Angeles City even before Ed Pamintuan was born. The Pamintuans’ political entry came by way of the well loved Alberto G. Pamintuan who had an enviable record in his political life. He was one of the longest serving vice mayors in Angeles.
The war just ended, and it was 1945 and Manuel Roxas was the president. Roxas appointed Rafael L. Lazatin as mayor of the troubled town of Angeles to restore order. He became a governor of the province and mayor of Angeles City. To me Apung Feleng, as he was called by many, was one of the best mayors the city ever had.
Francisco G. Nepomuceno started his political career as a town councilor during the time of Angeles Mayor Manuel Abad Santos. He became a board member, congressman, governor and Angeles City Mayor until 1988.
Both are dead now. But they left legions of followers.
Face off. In the red and blue corner are Carmelo 'Tarzan' Lazatin and Francis 'Blue Boy' Nepomuceno. And in the green corner is Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan. The incumbent mayor has the methodical Alex Caugiran as a corner man, and the other corner has IC Calaguas, the genius.
And even before the bell sounded, the two started brawling UFC style, boxing, kicking and even hair-pulling. (Doon pa lang agrabyado na si Ed. Wala ng mahahablot na buhok). What is worse is all the people in their respective corners went up the ring, and it became an instant bar room brawl.
And to think Ed and Tarzan were political partners in 2010, and their combined efforts unseated Blue Boy on his seat in Pulung Maragul, that the latter wouldn't even visit Marquee now because from a distance he can see the city hall and it will only provoke sad memories.
I witnessed during several occasions Tarzan and Blue Boy in their political caucuses, and each one is complimenting the other. But is this a cause for concern by the Pamintuan camp? I will not ask Alex anymore, because I can predict his reply.
Personal note: This may be my last column item and have to take a leave of absence. With the editor’s permission, I may occupy again a space after the elections. God bless all my readers.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 21, 2013.