Mayor Bok­ing was (is) a le­gend

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MAKE NO MIS­TAKE ABOUT IT. Mayor Marino “Bok­ing” Mo­rales is apo­lit­i­cal le­gend in Mabalacat City.

It is in­dis­putable that since 1995, Mayor Bok­ing has lorded it over this pro­gres­sive city, baf­fling even the keen­est po­lit­i­cal ob­servers and an­a­lysts on why he has stayed for so long in Mabalacat pol­i­tics.

Af­fec­tion­ately called po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist by fol­low­ers, friends and sup­port­ers, Mayor Bok­ing got his po­lit­i­cal bap­tism and train­ing from his idol, the late Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, the orig­i­nal po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist and men­tor. Like him (Tarzan), he has en­dured var­i­ous chal­lenges in the po­lit­i­cal arena.

On the lat­est plun­der charges, Mayor Bok­ing says these were pre­ma­ture as he has filed in Septem­ber 2018 an ap­peal over the COA find­ings and has six month-re­prieve be­fore these can fi­nally be filed. The process ob­served by his de­trac­tors, says Bok­ing, was ir­reg­u­lar and there­fore flawed. He has yet to re­ceive the ac­tion on his ap­peal.

He claims that he is un­beat­able, re­fer­ring to his out­ing as City Vice Mayor. He cites his wide, mas­sive and deep reser­voir of fol­low­ing and sup­port com­pared to his ri­val, Atty. Geld P. Aquino, who, the mayor claims, can­not de­cide on his own but refers all is­sues to be de­cided to his mother that’s why he branded Geld as “Asma” as in Ask my mother be­fore he de­cides on is­sues, a nono for an elec­tive of­fi­cial.

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On his lat­est foray into the po­lit­i­cal arena, Mayor Bok­ing opted to run as City Vice Mayor in keep­ing with his long-ut­tered com­mit­ment to his then Vice Mayor Chris­tian C. Halili that he will give way to Chris­tian for his may­oralty bid.

And now, the die is cast. Mayor Bok­ing will stage his vaunted charisma and vote-get­ting power against a peren­nial top­notcher, the self-an­nointed abo­godo ng masa, Geld Pineda Aquino, Bok­ing’s nephew no less.

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The stage is now set for the epic bat­tle: Mayor Crisos­tom C. Garbo ver­sus sit­ting City Vice Mayor Chris­tian C. Halili for the may­oralty post; ertswhile Mayor Bok­ing Mo­rales ver­sus Atty. Geld P. Aquino for the city vice mayor post.

The bat­tle prom­ises to give Mabalacat elec­torate a very in­ter­est­ing tiff com­plete with brick­bats, charges and counter charges. What an ex­cit­ing show this prom­ises to be.

Still, Mayor Bok­ing con­tin­ues to be a le­gend.

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