Lingayen — “I am sorry to tell you this, nakakaawa ang nangyayari sa ating probinsya na pinagmukhang magulong magulo ngayon. Pinagmukha na ang leaders ng Pangasinan are murderers, gambling lords and destroyers of natural resources.”
This was said by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. before the employees of the provincial government of Pangasinan during the Employees’ Awards and Recogniton program held February 14 at the Sison Auditorium as he expressed dismay over the politically-motivated issues linked to him which destroy the image of the province.
The Governor lamented in saying: “Hindi naman yata tama na bansagan ang ating probinsya na pinangungunahan ng mga hoodlums, mga gambing lords, mga naninira ng ating natural resources at ngayon mga murderers pa.”
“We rose from nothing to number 5 in 2010, and number 4 in 2011 as “Best Performing Province in Region 1” and among the best provinces in the Philippines.
“Sinira na nila ang puri ko sa buong mundo, hinusgahan na nila ako nang husto,” but what is worst is that some people destroy the image of our province, he added.
Recounting how his political opponents started to tarnish his integrity and reputation as a public servant since November last year starting with the black sand issue, then he was accused with plunder before Christmas, Gov. Espino grieved over the recent issue before Valentine’s Day which linked him and first district Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste to the killing of late Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez.
“Hindi po totoo iyon,” Gov. Espino said, noting that: “Ipinakita ko kay Mayor Martinez na minamahal ko ang kanyang bayan na napabayaan nang napakatagal ng mga Gobernador.”
In a press conference held February 13 in Alaminos City, the family of the slain Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez expressed disbelief over the recent complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to the Department of Justice (DOJ) which linked Gov. Espino and Cong. Celeste as alleged masterminds.
“Hindi kami naniniwala sa sinasabi ng witness,” Jennifer Martinez, daughter of the slain Mayor, said as she further added that the overwhelming support given by Gov. Espino and the Celestes (whom they consider as close friends of their father) in bringing justice to their slain kin is more than enough.
The Governor together with some provincial officials visited farthest barangays of Infanta town (Babuyan and Pita) last year to unveil two healthcare centers which are now functional in accommodating patients most especially women who seeks to undergo facility-based delivery.
“In all my undertakings as public servant for 41 years (as a constabulary member, police, congressman and governor), I always romped off “the best performer,” Gov. Espino said.
Towards the end, the provincial chief executive emphasized three important things: let us help our poorest kababayans, quality service in the provincial government should be maintained and reflect that what we are doing now is for the future generation
The distribution of PhilHealth cards to poorest Pangasinenses has been a priority, the Governor noted as he said that the upgrading of facilities, modernization of equipment and improvement of services of the provincial government-owned hospitals have been accommodating poor Pangasinenses to enjoy quality healthcare services aside from the benefits of having PhilHealth cards.
“Ito ang handog natin sa ating mga kababayan na mahihirap to make all these hospitals competitive compared with private hospitals,” he added.
“Tayo sa provincial government ang magpapakita sa tunay na public service,” Gov. Espino said, stressing that after five and a half years, he feels proud to say that the employees of the provincial government are competent and dedicated in the delivery of service to Pangasinenses. (PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)