The Lone District

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


There was a recent news item, probably rehashed from a press release, that Rep. Yeng Guiao (lst Dist.) indicated his favourable view to the revived plan to create a Lone District of Angeles.

The news created a rejoicing from partisans and bright optimism of proponents, both overt and covert, for the Lone District proposal. Who is really the brain behind this revival move?

Guiao was quoted saying that he was willing to re-file the bill next month. But will he fight for its approval? His promise will not be unlike the way of another lawmaker who filed and re-filed the PAC conversion bill in every Session and just let it get discarded in the archive. It took his full three terms and some before the conversion was realized.
If the “lone district” activists and supporters expect the proposed measure to go on easy sailing, they should consider another think. Things are not what they seem.

Rep. Yeng has not actually doused the move with cold water but he sprinkled a chilling admonition on the eager-beaver advocates to cool it.

“There must be mass consultations first with the constituents of the first district so that we can get the real consensus x x x for its conversion into a lone district,” Guiao threw the first gauntlet.

“May procesu kasi iyan. Once that is done, I myself will push for it if the required process is met and parameters (are) satisfied,” the lawmaker from Magalang stressed.

The killer requirement of a “procesu” has always been used to stall an act in motion. When government officials want things to be difficult, they subject these to the process. Procesu entails an endless detail of compliance, subject to review, changes and challenges.

“Procesu” has been applied to the petition for bail of former president, Rep. Gloria Arroyo. Likewise the legal process screw has been tightened on Delfin Lee who his suffering his Calvary at the presidio.

Guiao has not turned down the appeals for his support outright but his language is unmistakable. He said even if the conversion is a lesser priority, he will support it if the people of the first district all agree to it. So be it, bahala ang mga tao.

What makes the proponents think Guiao will agree to partitioning or dismembering his district and leave him to represent only Mabalacat and Magalang? Yeng is a tactician who leaves no mercy to the other side. Winning a game by a margin of five or ten does not satisfy him. If he had won a PBA Governor’s Cup, he would go all out for the All Filipino title too. Will he allow the reduction of his powers and constituency?

At present the lawmaker has Clark within his realm. The lone district plan will reduce his sphere of influence especially at the free port. Yeng loves multi-tasking; reducing his representation and work load is contrary to his diligent nature.

The next decade will male Clark a new aerotropolis. Guiao would not want to miss action in that show window of development in the growth corridor of Central and North Luzon.

The basketball coach is presently a Clark resident. There he enjoys a metropolitan ambience and life with its four star hotels, posh restaurants and casinos. Should the lone district of Angeles materialized, he has the duty and option to transfer official residence to his hometown Magalang and live cheek by jowl with Mayor Romy Pecson and the famous pastillas makers.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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