Miyerkules, Oktubre 21, 2015

Hired goons in Ilocos Norte and Abra

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

During the birthday celebration and distribution of Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) early October of former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco, Pangasinan’s gubernatorial bet, I met Tayug Mayor Tyrone Agabas, a lawyer, who told me he would be duking it out with the town’s Vice Mayor Carlos Trece Mapili for the mayoralty in the 2016 election.
When I bumped again with him lately at the provincial office of the Commission on Election in Dagupan City he told me he and Mapili patched it up and agreed to run in tandem just like in 2013.
“So you’re running unopposed (for the mayoralty)?” I posed.
He said there was a man who challenged him. But he was a “nobody politically in the town”.
His kind words in stopping short calling the opponent as nuisance.
Tyrone, whose wife is Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, told me he was a son of a mayor, too, in the rambunctious Abra province. His father was the chief executive there from 1960s to 1970s.
He thought when he lived in Manila and studied law there at San Beda College he would be shunning away from politics, but he was wrong.
“Marlyn who was my law classmate had a political lineage in Pangasinan that smitten her thus here I am now in politics,” he told me.
The congresswoman came from the illustrative family of the Primicias who produced a governor, congressman, and senator in the humongous province.
Tyrone used to be a Board Member while his wife Marlyn was the provincial vice governor, before he became a hizzoner of the Wild-Wild West Tayug town where its former mayor the tough Guerrero Zaragoza was assassinated.
“In my watch Tayug became a peaceful town,” Mayor Agabas said.
I was all ears with the mayor when I asked him about the political families and supporters of former Abra Governor Vicente Isidro Valera and Abra Rep. Luis Bersamin where the former was implicated for the murder of the latter.
He said one of these families is a relative.
I could not fail not to mention or think about Abra, I told him, whenever election in Pangasinan looms because some mayors in the province either hired goons from the place or Ilocos Norte.
When I told recently BDO-Dagupan City’s manager Henry Arce, a resident of Ilocos Norte, about the Ilocos goons hired by Pangasinan’s politicians, he told me Ilocos politicians hired Abra goons too during election barnstorming and voting.