Delta’s running mate unknown
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.
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?
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.