The son also rises

FRIENDS and loyal supporters of Kong Tarzan Lazatin are nearly unanimous in dissuading the five-star politician from his plan to run for the chairmanship (barangay captain) of revenue-rich Balibago.

Political alliances are fluid in the city and campaign strategists often misread the temper and quirks of the voters. His true friends hope the Kong will not underestimate guerrilla forces in that barangay.

Kapitan Tony Mamac whose pretty wife Tess has long thrown her bonnet in the ring to succeed the ‘sultan’ will not tolerate an outsider (Tarzan resides in the Jungle Base south of the city) to manage the recreation center of the city.

It’s not that the Kong has no experience about women. He might dedicate his end years to “all the women he has loved before.” But Mamac, a former cop, knows their tourism value that has made his village a dollar earner and the city awash with foreign currencies.


An unsolicited advice to the Kong. If he decides to run for Kapitan and get clubbed, this will have a disastrous consequence to the proposed run of City Councilor Pogi Lazatin Jr. for Angeles mayor. Saving the old Lazatin’s resources for Pogi’s classic fight against the mightier foe is wise.

Pogi has shown his fearless independence and is lauded as the lone opposition in the Council. Like his old man he can sway to the music if need be.

It will be a grudge fight again- Lazatin jr. versus Vice Mayor Brian Nepo. While it may not be a perfect storm the bout promises to be a “balikatan” with Nepo as llamado for now.

Knowing how the Kong is a ‘dejadista’, he will engage Nepo, property to property, land title to Torrens title. He has clobbered ex-Rep. Yeng in this fashion and will do so against those who oppose Cong. JonJon in the next polls. In his early days, Tarzan used to go for broke in his political spending. Now he will go beyond the border as age defies all caution and knows no fear.

BTW, his followers admire CIAC chief Alex Cauguiran for fighting for their rights and future place in a privatized setting of the airport. Alex’s attitude of going down or up with the workers speaks for true and genuine leadership of the man...In a Federal system, a Central Luzon State is a certain component. Pampangos and the Palace root for AC Mayor Ed Pamintuan as the first CL State Governor.
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