| TUGUIS ODYSSEY. Political maneuverings
have been carried out by candidates to ensure that they coast along easily
in the forthcoming May 11 elections.
Among the areas where this is being done is the fourth district where Pontevedra Mayor Charlie Cojuangco is running virtually unopposed, when his probable opponent, Arsenio "Bucan" Yulo, a formidable one because he belongs to the clan which wield political power in Bago City and in the district, backed out after the horsetrading between the Nationalist Peoples Coalition and the LAKAS-NUCD leaders.
This leave Charlie without any opponent from LAKAS-NUCD. Although, some reports said, the powerful sugar planters bloc in the area would field Bob Vuenca, it might not be the case. But those who think they have it easy should have second thoughts once they know whom Charlie Cojuangco is up against.
Without much fanfare, Dodo Bustamante launched his candidacy January 21 in Barangay Tuguis, Pontevedra, which shares a boundary with Barangay Tuguis, Hinigaran town which was holding a fiesta that day.
As everybody knows, Barangay Tuguis or Hacienda Tuguis is owned by the Colmenares family which is considered patrons in the area.
That evening, we attended the fiesta celebration where dyEZs Fred Salanga was the speaker for the proclamation of the fiesta queen.
MESMERIZED BY DODO? We had accompanied Dodo Bustamante to the launching in the quiet village where the local Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer was holding a meeting after the members of the Kauswagan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, held their own meeting to discuss coop affairs.
The coop members were previously hacienda hands in the land covering 82 hectares owned by the Bustamante family.
"I convinced family members that we should have our land parceled out under the government's CARP program because landowners have been considered oppressors", Dodo Bustamante said while on board the Pajero which he said he
borrowed from an uncle.
He was helping the workers with their cooperative because through it,
he believed they would be emancipated eventually.
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