Lingayen — Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) have unanimously announced on December 17, Monday their “Continuing Confidence in the Integrity of Amado T. Espino Jr. as Governor of the Province of Pangasinan” through provincial resolution no. 1631-2012.
In the midst of controversy besetting the leadership of the provincial government of Pangasinan, SP members stand firm in denouncing politically-motivated and unfounded accusations maligning the integrity of Gov. Espino.
Alleged large-scale black sand mining operations, listing Pangasinan as among high-risk election spots and jueteng payola linked to Gov. Espino — these are clear assaults by political detractors, sixth district board member Alfonso Bince said.
Adding that the timing of the issue is “suspicious” and “non-christian”, because it was timed in the yuletide season, Bince added: “There is no valid reason for this concoctions” if not “politically-motivated” for an election-related expose.
Amid these issues, it is certain that the people of Pangasinan have realized how Pangasinan was transformed by Gov. Espino’s administration as a premiere province in several aspects of development, Bince stated.
Expressing unwavering trust to Gov. Espino, majority of SP members who are affiliated with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party are joined by four members of the Liberal Party: Ranjit Shahani (6th district), Generoso Tulagan Jr. (3rd district), Teofilo Humilde Jr. (1st district) and Clemente Arboleda Jr. (5th district) rallying behind the election bid of Gov. Espino.
“Crab mentality has been present” saying that the expose is a plot of the local Liberal Party officials in Pangasinan, not by President Aquino or Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas, Shahani said.
He stressed that Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani on a separate occasion said: “Pangasinan is no longer a Sleeping Giant” with the development efforts done by the present administration led by Gov. Espino.
The Mayors’ League and Liga ng mga Barangay of the province have also expressed support to the Governor through written manifesto stating that their trust and confidence in his leadership in running the affairs of the province have never been wavered despite the controversy he is facing now.
After the Jueteng issue sprouted early Friday morning (December 14), the Governor through a presscon held at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) office, has already spoken and denied the allegation thrown over him.
Gov. Espino and the rest of the officialdom of the province convey to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III that the provincial government shares the same principle in leading the nation to the “tuwid na daan”. (PIO