Pangasinan barangay captains unite to air side on police raids
In a rare show of unity and with one hundred percent attendance, barangay captains from two traditional political camps in Balungao crossed party lines to seek an audience with Pangasinan Governor Pogi Espino.
A Politiko source said that Balungao politics was traditionally between the ruling Peralta camp and the opposition aligned with ex-mayor Willy Mina.
“But for the first time nagkaisa ang magkalabang kampo para sa Balungao,” the source said.
The source said that Patricia “Bosyang” Revita was considered an intruder in Balungao politics.
“Peralta versus Ex-mayor Mina lang yan dito sa Balungao. Salimpusa lang si Bosyang.” the source said.
All of the town’s 20 barangay captains led by Pugaro Barangay Captain Jose “Lito” Peralta had a chance to air their side on the series of raids against their group when they faced Espino.
Peralta, a three-term Mayor of Balungao, said that the barangay captains were. not involved in any criminal activity.
The source said Peralta revealed that contrary to Revita’s calculations, he would not run for mayor in 2019.
“Mali si Revita ng binibira, hinda naman si Lito ang kandidato,” the source said.
Also present during the meeting was Pangasinan Provincial Police Chief Ronald Oliver Lee and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Noel Bince of the 6th District.
The Peraltas were aligned with the Cojuangco-Estrella camp while Bince was with the Espino camp.
Lee advised the three barangay captains charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition to file their respective answers with the Provincial Prosecutors Office.
Espino asked Bince to see what he could do to assist three barangays captains who were out on bail.
Peralta made representation for the reinstatement of the four police officers who were relieved by Balungao OIC Police chief Raymund Nicolas.
The four police officers were relieved by Nicolas for disobeying his order to leave the ongoing flag ceremony while Peralta was speaking during a recent flag ceremony.
The Politiko source said that the Balungao contingent asked Espino and Police Director Lee for a replacement to Nicolas to ease the tension in the town.
“Hiningi nila kay Gov at PD na palitan si hepe para bumalik ang katahimikan sa amin,” the source said.
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