Delta’s run­ning mate un­known

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

Sup­port­ers of Pam­panga Vice-Gov. Den­nis Pineda are glad that their idol would be el­i­gi­ble to suc­ceed her mother, Nanay Gob, in the Capi­tol.

There was con­fu­sion and doubt in the re­cent months that “Delta” as the “Vice Gob” is called, may be banned to run for gov­er­nor due to the ex­pected and im­mi­nent anti-dy­nasty law.

While there are sev­eral ver­sions pro­posed by law­mak­ers to flesh out the Con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion on po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties, the lat­est mea­sure un­shack­les im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers from the pro­hi­bi­tion.

In the pro­posed mea­sure, if the in­cum­bent is a na­tional elec­tive of­fi­cial (Gov­er­nor Lilia Pineda is NOT) his/ her spouse, sis­ter, brother and 2nd de­gree re­la­tions are pro­hib­ited to run si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This out­look ap­pears to be the hid­den con­sen­sus of law­mak­ers who be­long to 77.5 of Congress mem­bers as “pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal clans.”

The gov­er­nor is not a “na­tional elec­tive of­fi­cial.” The vice gov­er­nor there­fore is not banned from run­ning to suc­ceed her mother.

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All along the ca­balen thought “Our Man Delta” will be dis­qual­i­fied to run un­der the pro­posed anti-dy­nasty mea­sure. Rep. Rimpy Bon­doc will in­evitably face the mighty Pineda ar­mada.

Bon­doc has seen the weak side of his ri­val. Delta has no strong run­ning mate with proven charisma and lead­er­ship skill to the pop­u­lace.

Pineda may win the war but he is not cer­tain of the bat­tle for vice gov­er­nor. The ap­par­ent tan­dem of Rimpy is the pop­u­lar ac­tion man of Ba­color, the pub­lic ser­vant of all sea­sons— Mayor Jo­mar Hi­zon. Now who will match Hi­zon in qual­i­fi­ca­tions from the Pineda side?

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Al­ready seated in a po­si­tion of power and re­spon­si­bil­ity, his loyal friends and lead­ers are push­ing CIAC Pres. & CE Alex Cau­guiran to run for Mayor of An­ge­les City. In his hey­day Alex fought wind­mills with his lance. Heard he will do so to­day up to where his bot­tom peso will take him. Ad­mir­ers of out­go­ing An­ge­les City Mayor Ed Pam­intuan warned him not to de­pend on his ex­cel­lent records and friend­ship with the Pres­i­dent. Rep. Jon­jon Lazatin is wait­ing in am­bush to dec­i­mate his op­po­nents. He has an enor­mous stack of lo­gis­tics pro­vided by his old man. EdPam should learn a les­son from the hap­less Con­gress­man Guiao who was trapped by the Lazatin gam­bit.

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