Thursday, June 20, 2019

Limlingan: Two recent political developments

The advocate

ANYTHING can happen in politics. As the apt adage intimates that there are no permanent friends or enemies in it. One may be a political pal now but he may be a foe in the future too. This happened in the City of Angeles and in the Province of Pampanga recently.

Many were surprised to see some political figures dancing to the tune of “changing partners” or perhaps better dubbed as changing horses. Some on the other hand, who are expected to wage a political fight with their possible opponents, end up as team mates. Win some. Lose some.

In the city of angels, doors of the city hall have been closed for Alexander Sangalang Cauguiran, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer, co-founder of Partido Abe Kapampangan, political strategist, an activist and former Chief of Staff of Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

The Provincial Capitol however opened wide the door to Caugurian when the latter was made as the standard bearer of Kambilan, Governor Lilia Pineda’s political party. An alliance made, it was dubbed as “the merger of two giants”.

It can be recalled that some officials of the Partido Abe Kapampangan have selected Vice Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno and Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. as their candidates for mayor and vice mayor, respectively, for the May 2019 elections.

Cauguiran has disclosed a fall out with the elder Pamintuan, who is his long time political ally and close friend. Despite such, he said he will still support him as a Partylist candidate in the same elections.


Prior to the forged alliance between Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis “ Delta “ Pineda and 4th District Congressman Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc, there were unceasing speculations on their possible political clash in the next year’s polls.

Bondoc and Pineda are both scions of prominent political families in Pampanga. They support opposing candidates during elections although none from their families have fought for any political position during local elections.

Last weekend, the two have manifested the forging of their alliance in an activity in Minalin town. The two quipped that their common goal for the furtherance of development in the province as the reason behind their unification. In other words, they are setting aside politics for the Kapampangans.

Meanwhile, thousands were surprised over the alliance with mostly commenting positively, saying that the unification is for the welfare of Kapampangans.

On the other side of the race to the Pampanga capitol, Bacolor Mayor Jomar Hizon, who is said to be the other possible gubernatorial candidate in the province, is yet to comment on the alliance made. Perhaps, he might need to “re-design” his political strategies due to the recent political merger.

Hizon is yet to confirm anyway his political plans. Since the filing of Certificates of Candidacies for next year’s election starts today until the 17th of this month, we shall now who’s who in Pampanga in the coming mid-term polls.


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