Pangan: With the party's blessing

KAMBILAN is the dominant party in Pampanga politics, prominently known to be headed by Governor Lilia "Baby" Pineda and presently steered by Engr. Romeo Dungca, former mayor of Bacolor, Pampanga.

This party bestowed its blessing (and support) to Niña Manipon the long-time companion of outgoing (at least temporarily) Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, to run as Mayor, obviously as a substitute to Boking.

Niña. The unassuming but accommodating lady from Bamban but who has made Mabalacat City her second (and permanent) home, is known for her dedication to public service without fanfare.

She leads in the women sector activities and other charitable and livelihood projects. She is generous to a fault and is not given to badmouthing other people.

Lately, however, she is at the receiving end of unsavory remarks and uncivilized statements from bad elements with equally bad upbringing.

She is faulted with her relationship with Mayor Boking, but is it her fault to be loved when she is too capable of being caressed and cared for? Is it her shortcoming to be thrust suddenly into the political ring without nary the preparation to enter the tough fight for a political position?

Wouldn't a soft demeanor and fine outlook qualify her to an elective position, even that of being a city mayor?

Suddenly. Unexpectedly. Perhaps providentially she would become Mabalacat City's first lady city mayor. Who knows?

Why should we frown or look down on her lack of political savvy and not give her the chance to prove her sincere intention to serve?

We witness the resurgence of women power in the person of Senator Grace Poe and Rep. Leni Robredo. We give them attention because of their intentions to serve and govern.

Definitely, we level the playing field for them to be given the fighting chance to be elected.

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Magalang is slowly but steadily rising thanks to the fine yeoman job being done by its Mayor, Romy F. Pecson who focuses on strengthening the town's agricultural sector.

Receiving amounts for being the hall of famer in the recent National Corn Quality award, he plowed back the amount in the purchase of seedlings and farm implements for distribution to the farmers.

Councilor-to-be Joseph Ponce of Angeles City is also making waves among the city's marginalized sector by attending to their needs regularly. He is a good addition to the city council.

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