By Bobot Estropigan Laguna
BULAN, Sorsogon – It’s still a year from the May 2019 local and national elections, yet the political cauldron in Sorsogon is boiling hot as 2nd District Representative Deogracias Bañaras Ramos let loose a cannon of withering issues against the Lee’s in recent separate meetings with some 12,000 ward leaders and family coordinators in eight of the nine towns in the district, Ramos said they would skip Matnog.
In Irosin town where Mayor Alfredo ‘Pidoy’ Cielo, Jr. convened some 3,000 supporters on two occasions, Ramos could not hide his dismay at what is happening in the province when he pointedly called incumbent Governor Robert ‘Bobet’ Lee-Rodrigueza, in Bicol parlance, “Utay-Utayan” na Gobernador” (loose translation, a puppet governor who readily signs papers/documents submitted to him for signature).
That was so far the strongest indictment against Governor Rodrigueza by the last termer solon who supported the governor in 2016 because of the Lee-Escudero alliance.
It will be remembered that in the 2016 induction of provincial officials, Ramos, in his message, challenged Gov. Bobet to “BE YOUR OWN MAN” in running the affairs of the provincial government. But after three months, Ramos stressed, Bobet was a big disappointment.
Ramos minced no words as he cited a litany of alleged inadequacies of former Gov. Raul Lee`s administration, to wit: no comprehensive program in agriculture, education and health services where indigent patients are deprived of the much needed medical care due to lack or absence of medicines at the provincial hospital despite the gargantuan appropriation.
“It`s about time”, Ramos added, ” Sorsogon voters junk the Lee’s and support instead TEAM ERAP (Escudero, Ramos, Amor Pag-Urupod) for a sincere, dedicated, with integrity and much better governance in the province of Sorsogon.
Ramos challenged the Lees to put up their own candidates for governor, vice governor and congressman in the first and second districts and declared, in local parlance, “Imudon ta kon diin sira puruton”, (let`s see where they would end up).
Relatedly here in Bulan, the brother and sister Cong Ding and Ditas Ramos received a rousing welcome from some 3,000 supporters called by Mayor Romeo Gordola in three separate meetings.
Gordola thanked Sen. Chiz and Congressman Ramos for their efforts in providing his town with multi-million pesos worth of infrastructure projects truly beneficial to Bulanons.
A list obtained later disclosed the following: P500-M Regional Fish Port, P200-M Legazpi city Embarcadero style Bulan Boulevard (Zone 2 – San Rafael ( Togbongon); P100-M 17-Km Juban to Bulan Diversion Road, P100-M flood control downstream of Fabrica bridge, P100-M flood control downstream of Magsaysay bridge, P40-M Ponod bridge, P20-M flood control in Fabrica, P20-M flood control in Aquino/ Zone 7, repair / renovation of public market, farm to marker roads and several others.
This is unprecedented, never before done by any other top officials, Gordola further averred.
Meanwhile, Ma. Bernardita Ramos, Tiya Ditas or Tita Dytes as she is fondly called, the youngest of the Ramos siblings thanked all those who have pledged their wholehearted support to her quest for the 2nd congressional seat as a replacement of her eldest brother Ding. (Read related story: Making Waves: Tiya Ditas Ramos in, big brother Ding out)
She said she would continue her brothers’ legacy of giving the best in terms of accomplishments, worthy to emulate.
Meanwhile, the five other mayors who also held meetings with their ward leaders expressed, this early, their overwhelming and unequivocal support for TEAM ERAP: Prieto Diaz Mayor and Sorsogon Mayors`League president Benito ‘Boyte’ Doma, Sharon Glipo-Escoto of Gubat, Michael Guysayko of Bulusan, Alejandro ‘Dong’ Gamos of Sta Magdalena and Barcelona Mayor Atty Manuel ‘Wowo’ Fortes who was with his wife and mayoral hopeful and successor Judge Cynthia Falcotelo- Fortes, daughter of the late Barcelona three-term Mayor Celso Falcotelo.
Political pundits say this is a prelude to the 2019 Fight of the Century: Who is Who in Sorsogon Politics, Matira ang Matibay.
The political line is drawn: THE LEE’S versus TEAM ERAP. [BicolToday.com]