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Feature: Pangasinan politics a family affair

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (14 May)- It’s all in the family.

Many newly-elected local officials in Pangasinan are either brothers, father and son or husband and wife.

San Carlos City Mayor Julier Resuello got a new mandate along with his brother, Joseres, who was re-elected vice-mayor.

Councilor Mark Roy of Calasiao town will be the new mayor on June 30. His father, Roy, outgoing local chief executive, will become the vice-mayor.

In San Fabian town, three-termer Mayor Mojamito Libunao, who was elected board member of the fourth district, will be succeeded by his wife, Irene.

San Manuel town Mayor Salvador Perez will change places with his son, Alain Jerico, who is outgoing vice-mayor.

But the more interesting development is the successful re-election bids of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and his son, Bautista Mayor Amado Espino III. The governor’s elder brother, Jose, was also re-elected vice-mayor of that municipality. Younger brother, Amadeo, is a board member representing the Liga ng mga Barangay.

Three-term Mapandan town Mayor Ferdinand Calimlim succeeded in bagging the vice-governorship. His uncle, Maximo Jr., who ran unopposed, will succeed him as mayor. The widow of his uncle, Asuncion, was also re-elected unopposed as vice-mayor of the town.

Mangatarem town Mayor Teodoro Cruz got a fresh mandate along with his sister-in-law Cristina who was re-elected vice-mayor without an opponent.

Former Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim succeeded in his comeback bid. His only son, Brian, landed number two in the councilor race. His wife, Celia, however, failed in her first try at politics losing the fight for the fourth district congressional seat.

Former Bolinao Mayor Jesus Celeste bagged the first district congressional seat, while his brother, Alfonso, got a fresh mandate as mayor of that town. Another brother, Arthur, failed however in his mayorship bid in Alaminos City.

Others also made it in their respective bids but their relatives lost. Lingayen Mayor Ernesto “Jonas” Castaneda got his second term but his daughter, Councilor Sheila Gonzales, failed in her try at the vice-mayorship.

Fifth district Board Member Danilo Uy was winning in his re-election bid but his son, Dennis, appeared losing the vice-mayoralty fight in Pozorrubio town. His wife, Myrna Bell, was in the same situation in her own vice-mayoralty fight in Binalonan town.

The son and namesake of former third district Congressman Generoso Tulagan emerged topnotcher in the race for board member in the district but his father lost his mayoralty try in San Carlos City.

Rosales town Mayor Ricardo Revita got a fresh mandate but his wife, Patricia, was losing in her own mayoralty fight in nearby Balungao town.

Some outgoing officials will be succeeded by their wives –fourth district Congressman Jose de Venecia, Jr. by his wife, Georgina, fifth district Congressman Marcos Cojuangco by Sison town Mayor Carmen, Villasis Mayor Nonato Abrenica by his wife, Libradita, and Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Perez, Jr. by his son, Amadeo IV.

Others were not lucky. Second district Rep. Victor E. Agbayani lost in his gubernatorial comeback bid as well as his older brother, Luis, who lost the mayoral race in Sual town. Outgoing first district Board Member Alicia Pulido was losing in her bid to recapture the mayorship in Anda, while her daughter, former TV journalist Ma. Judea, lost in her attempt to bag the congressional seat in the first district.

Dagupan City Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Jr. might have suffered his first loss in political fights, his son, Alfie, was re-elected councilor. The daughter-in-law of his younger brother, Maybelyn Fernandez, wife of outgoing councilor Michael, landed topnotcher in the councilor race. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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