Opinion
Will the victors and the vanquished bury the hatchet?

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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In last week’s issue, I congratulated my relatives Sta. Marcela (Apayao) Mayor Rolly Guiang and Burgos (Pangasinan) Mayor Dr. Alfredo Guiang Jr. for getting a fresh mandate in the last May 13 midyear local elections……….In Paoay, Ilocos Norte, another come-backing relative Galen Pobre also won as new town councilor. He replaced his wife three-term Sangguniang Bayan member Josie Pobre. Actually, Galen had also served as SB member for three-term in past years. Like his wife, his good performance as legislator and unblemished record as public servant in past years had endeared himself to his constituents. To you cousin Galen, congrats!

IMEE’S APPEAL IS LAUDABLE
Gov. Imee Marcos’ post-election appeal to all players in the recent polls was “Let us work together for the next three years” (Sentinel Headline, May 13-19, 2013). Her appeal for solidarity is laudable. However, I think, unity can’t be achieved overnight. Every one knows that. Sincere political reconciliation must come first and foremost. Remember wound doesn’t heal overnight. A politician or non-politician of high caliber in the locality must initiate a move for reconciliation among the victors and the vanquished.
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For instance, in the case of the lady governor, when and how will she politically reconcile with the opposition to her Team One-Ilocos Norte– the Valdez political clan in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte or the other opposition in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte– the Reynolan and Maja Sales couple? Or the Gamboas of Dingras, Ilocos Norte?
Will it take months or years before our local politicians will settle their political differences and bury their hatchets, so to speak?

NO ANIMOSITY
–REP. RCF
Cynics and critics tried to project a scenario that Governor Imee and Rep. Rudy C. Farinas had already parted ways since the recent elections to the present. Such scenario was seemingly junked by the latter. In a broadcast remark, Rep. RCF spoke about no animosity between him and the governor. Instead, he talked about the recent overwhelming victory of her daughter Ria Farinas as new member of the Ilocos Norte provincial board. And wow, she is No. 1 at that in ranking. As her slogan that catapulted her into the political limelight, RIA stands for “Rang-ay Iti Amin” (Progress For All).#(jun r. guiang)

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