By: Roland Hidalgo
With reports Danlor Hidalgo
STA BARBARA-Former Mayor Carlito S. Zaplan of this town dared Mayor Reynaldo Velasco that he is very much willing and ready to face the mayor in the next May 2010 elections.
He made this announcement during the Kapihan held last Wednesday Sept 16 at the Besco restaurant in De Venecia Hiway Dagupan City.
“His personal attacks against me and my family even on my own private businesses has not only inflicted damage against myself, my family but has created a very bad impression by the towns people of Sta. Barbara.”
He said that he has no more intention in joining politics when he went back to being a private citizen after he lost the 2007 elections since he was able to concentrate on his usual business being a private contractor in fact he was able to buy more vehicles and expand his business ventures but he said that his love for his town is greater than his own ambitions.
Moreover he explained that the projects claimed by the mayor such as the Construction and beautification of the municipal plaza has been his projects before the 2007 elections since most of this budget allocation was approved during his term which includes the raising of the Daniel Maramba bridge.
He added that the idea of putting up an international airport in the said town was his initiative and it was approved by the Department of Transportation s and Communications during his term which was also endorsed by five of the six congressmen of the province and it was during congressman Gener Tulagan’s last term as the third district representative that time, along with congressmen former second district now Gov. Amado T Espino Jr.Jose De Venecia Jr of the 4th district and Marc Cojuangco of the 5th district and Conrado Estrella III of the 3rd district of Pangasinan.
Zaplan reiterated that the only project of Mayor Velasco is the repair of different public school buildings and it is not true that this are newly constructed buildings since most of the old materials were being brought to his backyard in Batangas.
He also questioned the V markings in these school buildings since the money used for the construction of these buildings is not his personal money since this is the taxes of the Filipino people.
”Even the buildings that were built by the Filipino –Chinese chamber of commerce were also built with the V markings”which should not be he said.
Zaplan added that Velasco has become arrogant and was no longer the same Velasco when he was not yet the Mayor of this town.
Zaplan who was in the company of councilor Rey Tamayo Santos told Pangasinan Today that Velasco does not speak to his leaders with respect anymore and often times cannot be talked to even if he is in his office and instead talk to those he prefer to talk with.
The former Mayor and his group however have not yet decided on who will be his vice Mayor and is now presently ironing the line ups in the council.
Zaplan will be recalled is one among the co- founders of Biskeg party which was organized under the leadership of Under Secretary now PASG chief Antonio Bebot Villar Jr.
Biskeg is a duly registered by the COMELEC as local political party in the province of Pangasinan.
Meanwhile, Mayor Reynaldo Velasco is in the United States of America as of press time.