First Love Never Dies

MAY 30, the town fiesta of San Fernando, ended the Flores de Mayo festival in Pampanga. It is also the end summer, a time of remembering and reckoning.

Soon the rains will bring the early onset of the wet season, along with new hopes and residual fears as well.

CSF Mayor Edwin Santiago, for one, has high hopes that he will be unopposed in his reelection bid. But he nurtures a quiet fear that his former mentor and now Rep. Oca Rodriguez, despite his promises to the contrary, may change course, and hit land in the capital city.

Even as Cong. Oca has endorsed and assured Mayor Edwin of his support. the EdSan camp has not given up its battle cry of "Fernandino First!" The recent fiesta celebration carried repeatedly strong themes underscoring the political policy.

The implied effect is that the Mayor's only possible and chief and probable antagonist in 2016 is Rodriguez who hails from Sta Ana his hometown and that of his spiritual adviser, retired Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.

Fernandino First logically demands that Santiago, a genuine native of the town enjoys the right of first refusal. In simple language he must have priority over the Sta.Ana born Congressman. The mayor's slogan, conceived since three years ago, is intended as a vaccine to inoculate all city employees against an Oca comeback.

It is not a secret that Cong Oca has covert ambition to reclaim his old love- the mayoralty of a burgeoning city. Being politically correct, and in keeping with his tested skills in diplomacy and camouflage, Rodriguez voices his support and endorsement of his former ward. Santiago's heart "leaps up like he beholds a rainbow in the sky" (Wordsworth) when he hears Oca's public assurance that he was not in war footing for San Fernando.

Yet EdSan does not take Oca's words lock, barrel, and stock. The mayor wants the Fernandino First battle cry to spread out from the Heroes Hall of Montezuma to the hills of Tripoli.

San Fernando is Oca's first love. And first loves never, never die.

Contrary to rumors it is not true that former 3rd district congressman Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. will run for mayor of Mexico town. Being a practical man and a studious politician, Dong of the big league will not play in sandlot basketball games.

In the comeback trail is former mayor Ernesto "Asenso" Punzalan who has made good money in Metro Manila and is raring to spend his earnings to get back to his mayoral seat. Incumbent Mexico mayor Manalastas and former mayor and now Board Member Teddy Tumang comprise the other protagonists in this former Huk-NPA sanctuary.

Excited Mejicanos await next year's campaign season when Punzalan who has already made a pile will face the dejados: Roy who has no money but is full of sincerity and Teddy who lacks the same but is full of courage, according businessman Victor Garcia.
Well-meaning and concerned Angelenos want Alex Cauguiran for the City Council. His chief desire was to run for vice mayor. Being a good friend and disciple, he gave way to Councilor Bryan Nepo as EdPam's running mate. Whether as chief of staff or councilor, Alex will bloom where you plant him.

Our cabalen should not worry over the safety and well being of Envoy Elmer Cato who escaped unscathed after a suicide car bombing of his hotel in Baghdad. Elmer is used to violence and terrorism in Central Luzon during his newspaper days. Mayor Edpam is duly concerned over Elmer's security - both are global Angelenos in the world stage.
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