The political prominence and dominance of Marino ‘Boking’ Morales in Mabalacat was more than twenty years as chief executive of the town. His administration was longer than that of President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. who governed for more than twenty years too and only to be exiled following the so-called EDSA revolution. Morales’ rule was abruptly stopped following a court resolution ordering him to step down due to his ineligibility for another term despite a huge win vs opponent. It was sheer luck and fate for the losing Cris Garbo to be awarded the mayorship. Now Garbo has already presided in the city for three terms but argued it is only two since his first term is incomplete. Well that’s for the court to decide when time comes.
In the meanwhile, political events in Pampanga is getting more interesting as the day passes. It has been whispered that Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio’Dong’ Gonzales who was earlier reported to be suiting up for a match vs incumbent City of San Fernando Mayor Vilma Caluag had a change of plan. I heard from the grapevine that he will run for mayor in his hometown of Mexico instead and that his son Brenz may team up when Caluag will vie her reelection in 2025. Let all arguments be raised but Gonzales’ moves may ultimately benefits his family, him and Brenz particularly. (His daughter’s possible run in the 3rd congressional race may not be really easy since she will be opposed by the popular Teddy Tumang). Dong Gonzales is a practical man in true sense and has been proven wise and calculating in his many moves. But him trying to establish a ‘dynasty’ might not be welcome .
Angeles City Mayor Carmelo‘Pogi’ Lazatin Jr. and Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo are the two of the most popular local government executives. Their popularity started when they made themselves so visible to their constituents from the very start of the pandemic. Both were be commended for their efforts. Lazatin made rounds of the 33 city villages and handed medicines, food and ayudas to mostly underprivileged. He also started giving away computers to public schools in the city. The two have similar work habits. Both reports for work early, and stay late in their offices to receive visitors and make daily assessments.
Porac Mayor Jing Capil proved to all and sundry that hardwork pay. He maybe running by his lonesome come 2025. Not even the Lapids will dare to oppose him. What I’ve heard the Lapids will just wait when Capil will finish his third and final term.