LINGAYEN — Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. delivers his last inaugural address for his third term as Governor of the province of Pangasinan Fridat (JUNE 28) at the Sison Auditorium here.Coming fresh from a three-week vacation in the United States, Gov. Espino was joined by Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr and the members of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan on the oathtaking ceremony witnessed by members, political leaders, heads of local government units, provincial officials, heads of different agencies, private sectors, NGOs and the provincial government employees.
Over the course of his governorship in the past six years, Gov. Espino’s last inaugural address was considered the most awaited event ever in the political history of Pangasinan as his sterling performance had been translated into an overwhelming votes in the last May midterm elections.
Espino won by 554,351 votes against his opponent Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza.
In 2010 elections, Former Gov. Victor Agbayani also lost to Espino with 535,000 votes.
Espino have thanked the people of the province for making it possible for him to work for the economic progress of the province for the next three years.
“I was immensely relived to discover that, during this most difficult and trying period , I was never alone because you never left me. You stayed on, and stood firm, right beside me.”
I cannot thanked you enough for taking that bold and defiant stand against and seemingly formidable forces, in defense of the welfare and the best interest of our province and people.
The commanding lead of more than half a million votes (Five Hundred Fifty Four thousand three hundred fifty one votes to be exact ) where I won in all but one town throughout the entire province, was more than what you gave me in May 2010, and remains unequalled in the whole country.
You, the people of Pangasinan have once again spoken with one great voice to affirm your support for all that we have done together in the last six years, as we laid down the basic foundations for the long term development, and worked to secure the future of our province “
Espino in press briefing said that he is ready to work and expects the National Government to back his next endeavor in making sure that economic developments in the province will be his next focus.
He said that he is hoping very much that investors in putting up the airport and the Sual International Seaport will pushed thru.
“ I also hope that cases filed against me saying that I am smuggling the natural resources of the province will be over because this minerals that they were saying are just right here.
Espino added that he will make sure that the very important component of the San Roque Dam will be in placed in the next three years saying that he has already been working hard for this during the time that he served as the Provincial Director of the Province.
Working with him in his last term are the comebacking Board Members Rene Sison, and Nestor “Nicky Boy” Reyes of the first and second district respectively and Riby Villegas of the fourth district along with the neophyte Board Member Angel Baniqued, Jr. son of outgoing Majority Floor Leader BM Angel Baniqued, Sr of the third district .\
re-elected Board Members Napoleon Fontelera (first district), Raul Sison (second district), Generoso Tulagan, Jr. (third district), Mojamito Libunao and Ranjit Ramos Shahani and Senior Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. of the sixth district completes the lists of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan who all took oath administered by Hon.Teodoro C. Fernandez Executive Judge RTC Lingayen.(JDH)