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3 rivals unite for Espino

Three candidates for mayor of Alaminos City crossed party lines to support the reelection of the sitting governor of Pangasinan, Gov. Amado Espino.

In a statement from the office of Espino, the candidates—Arthur Celeste of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Teofile Humilde of the Centrist Democratic Party and Alaminos Vice Mayor Manzano of the United Nationalist Alliance—entered into a covenant of unity in front of their supporters, including 25 of the city’s 39 village leaders.

The three credited Espino for what they said was the transformation of Pangasinan into one of the country’s top-performing provinces.

“In five years, the governor changed the province’s landscape and environment, scraped off the roadblocks of development and is harnessing to a great extent the growth engines to turn the local economy viable and globally competitive,” Celeste said in the statement.

Celeste, Humilde and Manzano also called on President Aquino to listen to what they said is the true voice of Pangasinan.

“We call on Mr. Aquino to listen to the pleas of the people and leaders of the province so he would not be waylaid by false accusations [against Espino] and false beliefs by deceitful leaders of the province,” the statement said.

The three are running for mayor of Alaminos City against the son of incumbent Mayor Hernani Braganza, Lean.

The statement said other mayoral candidates in other towns of the province are expected to also enter into similar covenants to support Espino.

The statement said with the NPC fielding 43 mayoral candidates, 28 of whom are reelectionists, the camp of Espino expects support for the governor to continue growing as election day nears.

The Liberal Party, which is fielding the elder Braganza for governor, is fielding 29 candidates for mayor, three of whom are reelectionists.

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