Pangasinan gov thanks supporters, extends hand of reconciliation to opponents

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Gov. Amado Espino Jr. thanked the people of Pangasinan for giving him, his son and all their party mates a resounding mandate in the last election, which he said was the most peaceful election ever held in the province.

At the same time, he extended the hand of reconciliation to all their opponents, but with justice to some people who did him something wrong during the campaign which he did not specify.

“Medyo masama ang implikasyon ng kanilang ginawa”, he said of those people who he did not name during his first press conference on Thursday since winning the election for congressman of the fifth district of Pangasinan.

He said from his own point of view as governor and chairman of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), the last election in Pangasinan was peaceful and orderly.

He called on those he and his son fought in the last election, to forget what happened and leave the past behind, calling on them to bring back their love to the province “for our children’s future”.

He clarified that as congressman, his principal duty is to help make laws but pledged that he will also look into documents to check if the funds given to the fifth district were rightly spent during the terms of the past and outgoing congressmen.

“Since the farmers are asking where the funds that accrued to the fifth district went, I will find the right answer to their question once I see the documents.

“I am not saying that irregularities had been committed. It is the farmers who are seeking answers to their questions. I will find out what happened by seeing the documents,” he said.

As congressman of the fifth district, he said he will help in crafting laws that will put more funds to agriculture and tourism, which incidentally are the areas where Pangasinan must improve in order to capture its dream to be number one in the whole country.

He said Pangasinan must also continue its program on health care and education and must continue the programs to recapture Pangasinan culture.

He added that while in Congress, he will sponsor a measure seeking the continuation of the funding for the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project to ensure the irrigation of 20,000 more hectares of land below the San Roque dam.

As to Espino III, he said he will go back as member of the provincial board to craft legislation that will support the programs and projects of his father in his remaining less than 45 days in office.

Explaining his landslide victory against former Rep. Mark Cojuangco, he said he and his team finished strongly in the elections because of the good performance that they poured to the province which was felt by all Pangasinenses. PNA/