FOR HIS SE­COND TERM: Dong needs only one vote to win

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Re­elec­tion­ist Third Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aure­lio “Dong” Gon­za­les, Jr. needs only one vote to win in this com­ing midterm elec­tions and that sin­gle vote does not even have to come from him.

For the first time in his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, Gon­za­les is run­ning, though be­lat­edly, unopposed. Gon­za­les’ lone op­po­nent, a cer­tain Ce­cilia

Can­las of Sta. Ana town, of­fi­cially with­drew from the prov­ince’s third dis­trict con­gres­sional race leaving him unopposed in the May polls.

For­mer ri­vals in the past elec­toral terms like for­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Os­car Ro­driguez and for­mer City of San Fer­nando Coun­cilor Jose “Pol” Quiwa could only eat their hearts out as one of the most cov­eted po­lit­i­cal seats in the prov­ince is just a sin­gle vote away.

While this kind po­lit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity comes rarely, Gon­za­les is not let­ting his guard down, not just yet.

Over the week­end, Gon­za­les said it is still work as usual for him adding that in­cum­bent can­di­dates, who are unopposed, should still strive to serve even while the cam­paign pe­riod is on­go­ing.

“It is eas­ier said than done, but this has al­ways been my mantra. With or with­out op­po­si­tion we must not stop serv­ing,” Gon­za­les said, adding that those who are unopposed this elec­tion have an even bigger re­spon­si­bil­ity to serve even more.

In a week­end sor­tie in Mex­ico town, Gon­za­les met with par­ents of schol­ars and el­e­men­tary pupils and se­nior high school stu­dents of sev­eral schools. The re­elec­tion­ist did not fail to re­mind them to go out and vote in the May 13 polls.

Gon­za­les is known for au­thor­ing two land­mark leg­is­la­tions, namely Repub­lic Act 9505, oth­er­wise known as Dong’s Law, which pro­vided for the con­tin­ued and com­pre­hen­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the town of Ba­color from the dev­as­ta­tion it suf­fered as a re­sult of the Mt. Pi­natubo erup­tion in 1991. He also RA 9832 for the con­ver­sion of the Don Hono­rio Ven­tura School of Arts and Trade into the Don Hono­rio Ven­tura Tech­no­log­i­cal State Univer­sity which was later re­named to Don Hono­rio Ven­tura State Univer­sity also through Gon­za­les’leg­isla­tive ef­fort.

Many of his al­lies, too, in the Ka­panalig at Kam­bi­lan ning Me­malen Pam­panga (Kam­bi­lan) are run­ning unopposed. First dis­trict can­di­dates of the Kam­bi­lan are also run­ning unopposed. In­cum­bent board mem­bers Cherry Manalo and Ben­jamin Joc­son are both seek­ing re-elec­tion. No one is chal­leng­ing ei­ther of them.

Kam­bi­lan board mem­ber can­di­dates in the se­cond dis­trict, with three slots in the Pam­panga Provin­cial Board, are also run­ning unopposed.

Ex-of­fi­cio Board Mem­ber Fritzie David-Di­zon, re­elec­tion­ist Board Mem­ber An­thony Joseph Tor­res and Gov­er­nor Pineda’s daugh­ter, in­cum­bent Lubao Mayor My­lyn Pineda-Cayabyab, are run­ning for board mem­bers un­der Kam­bi­lan.

Also, vet­eran board mem­bers Ani­anas Can­las Jr., who is run­ning un­der Liberal Party-Kam­bi­lan, and Kam­bi­lan’s Rosve Hen­son and Dinan Labung are run­ning unopposed for third dis­trict board mem­bers.

— JTD

MOVE UP. Mayor Ed­win ‘EdSa’San­ti­ago (C) tells ECCD com­pleters to move up and grab the gift of ed­u­ca­tion the City of San Fer­nando of­fers dur­ing the mov­ing up rites at He­roes Hall on Tues­day.

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