CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- After listening to the platform of government of senatorial bet Bong-Bong Marcos yesterday, Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo said some (not all) of his fellow mayors and former mayors vowed to include the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in their sample ballots for the senatorial line up.
Pelayo said the Lakas-Kampi CMD has only five senatorial candidates – Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Lito Lapid, Bebot Bello, Rey Langit, Raul Lambino. With this, the mayor said, the Lakas Kampi CMD officials in the local level have the option to choose additional candidates to complete the senatorial line up.
However, Pelayo clarified that their decision to include Marcos in their sample ballots does not mean that they are not loyal to the administration party particularly to presidential bet Gilberto ‘Gibo” Teodoro as they are bent to campaign for Gibo in the grass root level.
Pelayo said the mayors were impressed with the intelligence, smartness and humility of the young Marcos.
Despite what happened to his father and their families in the 1980s, Bong Bong Marcos and his family have shown no vengeance to the officials responsible for the ouster of his father.
It was learned that the young Marcos and his family were present during the wake of the late President Corazon Aquino to extend their condolences to the Aquino family and primarily to make peace to everybody.
‘Iyon ang nagustuhan nila kay Bong-Bong Marcos at this point, kasama na siya sa mga line up namin sa pagka-senador,” Pelayo said.
The lunch meeting dubbed as “We Kapampangans love Bong-Bong Marcos” held at Max Restaurant in this city yesterday was attended by Pelayo, Floridablanca Mayor Eddie Guerrero, Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores, Masantol Mayor Peter Flores, San Simon Mayor Rodrigo “Digos” Canlas, Guagua Mayor Apu Ric Rivera, among others.
It was also attended by former mayors and Kabataang Barangay (KB) officials such as Azor Sitchon (former Mayor of San Simon), Ninong Ronquillo (former mayor of Sto. Tomas) Joey Lacson (former mayor of Magalang) Elsa Manliclic (former councilor of San Luis).
Some prominent personalities who also grace the meeting were Energy Chair Zenaida Ducut, former Vice Governor Clayton Olalia, Jose Victor Luciano of the Clark International Airport (CIAC) and his mother former Justice Luciano.
In an exclusive interview with the young Marcos, he said that if he would be given the chance to serve as elected senator, he vowed to work hard to find solution on the economic problem, increase the budget of the Department of Education which is now down to P16 percent and the provision of basic services such as livelihood for the jobless and employment for the out of school youth.
He said if given the opportunity he would revive the Masagana 99 of his late father – a successful agricultural program during the time of his father.
Marcos said his candidacy for the senate is a next step of his political career being a former vice governor, governor and representative of Ilocos Norte.
“I believe this is the next step for what I have done. I want to try and do more in the Senate,” Marcos said.
Asked about nuclear power, Marcos said it is the cheapest and safest way of producing power.
He gave as example the nuclear power plant in Korea which he said, is identical and exactly the same with the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). He added for the past 20 years Korea is enjoying the benefits of the nuclear and Korea is now a supplier of power and they did not encounter any problem on nuclear.
"I push for whatever power is needed, be it a windmill power, geothermal, coal, nuclear as long as it is technically and scientifically beneficial," he said.
He said the BNPP was turned down not based on technical or scientific decision but it was decided based on political decision.
“Hanggang ngayon kasi hindi pa naintindihan kung ano ba talaga ang nuclear power,” he said.
He added others have simply opposed the nuclear power but they did not provide any better and safer alternative compared to what BNPP can offer. (Joel P. Mapiles)