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Commentary: Rep Arenas and Malasiqui mayor appear at peace

By Danny O. Sagun

San Carlos City, Pangasinan (17 November) -- Third district Congresswoman Rachel Arenas appears at peace now with Malasiqui Mayor Armando Domantay as the two graced at least three occasions together including the visit of President Macapagal-Arroyo last Saturday at the former's farm in Malasiqui.

The two previously exchanged bitter statements thru the media revolving on sensitive issues like implementation of projects and the recent election of Cenpelco directors. But the main issue, according to radio commentaries, had something to do with the stoppage of jueteng operations only in Malasiqui some two months ago, where protection money allegedly runs to millions of pesos a month.

Apparently, Arenas is also torn between the mayor and former Vice-Gov. Oscar Lambino who continues to be part of Arenas' team. Lambino is said to be eyeing a return at the municipal hall; he was a three-term mayor.

Domantay graced the Pangasinan Day celebration last Thursday at the city gymnasium here along with Arenas who arrived as the program was about to end. The two also guested at the Meet the Press forum of the Pangasinan Tri-Media Association at the city hall later along with City Mayor Julier Resuello.

The mayor attended Arenas' birthday bash last Saturday at her farm which saw the President among the many guests. He was also part of the team that prepared for the Arroyo visit.

Such gestures may be interpreted that all is well now between the two.

At the Patrima forum, the legislator denied she had any gripes against the mayor. "Di naman ako galit sa kanya... galit ka ba sa'kin mayor?" she asked turning her face towards him. They were seated beside each other. She said there's no time for quarrel as she and the mayor are busy working for the town's benefit.

Domantay, for his part, praised her for doing her best to improve the district particularly their town. She had made the town as her residence and base of operations. He said that in his town alone, millions worth of projects have been implemented and many are on-going using congressional and local funds. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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