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Political parties at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Political parties at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan

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Political parties at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan

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For sure, the Boholano public does not know the political party affiliation of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and its presiding officer, the vice governor. Here it is:

There are four members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), the party of the Ex-Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, namely, former City Councilor Lucille Yap Lagunay, Bien-Unido’sdarling Mimi Boniel-Maglasang, Senior Member Dionisio Victor AncogBalite, and former DepEd bigwig Dr. ElpidioManiguezJala. There are three members of the National Unity Party (NUP) led locally by Vice Governor Rene Lopez Relampagos that includes the popular ex-Mayor of Talibon Toting Auxtero, and young woman-leaderFrans Garcia from the island town of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.

Allied with NUP are the local members of the Liberal Party, namely, tech-savvy AldnerDamalerio and Loon’s peacenik Ricky Uy Masamayor who has just been elected as floor leader. Also allied with them are two members of Governor Art Yap’s party, PDP, gorgeous investor Jade Bautista and health advocate Dr. Elpidio Bonita of Guindulman. The ex-officio Members, Molex Bautista of the Liga Ng Mga Barangay, and SangguniangKabataanPrexy Christian Bolos are also known to belong to the PadayonBol-anon group. That gives Padayon a total of seven members in our provincial legislature against NPC’s four. On deck to take his oath as interim member representing the Philippine Councilors’ League Bohol Chapter is Arn Turco who also belongs to the group of ex-CabSec Jun Evasco.

All these politicians are competent in their own rights and expertise. But then, again, the political party affiliations do not really mean much except that they belong to different groupings and sympathies. There are no meaningful differences in their platforms unlike Republicans and Democrats in the USA; or the Tories and the Labor Party of the United Kingdom. Someday this will change. But we do not know when or how many decades to go. Good luck to us all.

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