By: Janice D. Hidalgo
LINGAYEN-Sheila Castaneda Gonzalez now gains full support of local leaders of the capitol town after she received massive encouragement from almost all chieftains and barangay legislators here.
Gonzalez is now being pushed by the public to run as the running mate of Mayor Ernesto Jonas Castaneda in the next 2010 local and national elections.
No less than Municipal councilor Randal Beltran has confirmed that the clamor for Gonzales to lead this town’s Sanguniang Bayan is getting stronger each day.
Beltran was among top three councilors in the last 2007 elections, serving as one of the top performers in the council he was Castaneda’s bid for the Vice Mayoralty race bent to pursue the unity of the local leaders in pursuit of making Lingayen the prime town in the Western part of the province and eventually become the next Capitol City in the North.
Mayor Ernesto Jonas Castaneda on the other hand was surprised when Beltran himself approached him and laid the idea of supporting Gonzales as the Political tandem of Castaneda in the coming 2010 elections after learning that Sheila has gainfully earned the trust and confidence of the people from all walks of life to include her in the Vice Mayoralty race.
In a press forum in Dagupan Castaneda has relayed the conversation that transpired between him and Beltran.
He said that it was also the day when Beltran officially laid its support and endorsed to him councilor Sheila Castaneda Gonzales to be his running mate.
Castaneda however insisted to Beltran that he has already made his commitment to be his running mate way back before time and that he will never backed his words to him.
But Beltran insisted that he is prepared to support Castaneda and his daughter in his belief that Lingayen will be better off in the hands of those who have devoted most of their lives serving the people of this town and those who have already served this town and have contributed much in making this town one of the progressive towns in the province.
Castaneda told Pangasinan Today that he felt happy and honored that there are good people who are willing to set aside their ambitions in pursuit of public service and entrusting the leadership of this beloved town under the leadership of his family.
He was also saddened to the facts that some unity and friendships have to temporarily part ways because of some political uncertainty during this time.
But he believes that this will again be regained after the elections just as what had happened in this peaceful town when the local chief executive along with the Sanguniang Bayan has worked hand in hand in attaining some major developments which made Lingayen a prime coastal municipality in the North.