|Sitting in his office: Baler vice mayor Pilot Bihasa.|
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Angaras’ annointed “Bihasa” as Baler mayor in 2013
BALER, Aurora, August 13, 2011-The undisputed political kingpins of the province have named the incumbent vice mayor as their anointed candidate for mayor in 2013 in this capitol town of the province.
Vice Mayor Nelianto “Pilot” Bihasa, 51 years old, a well known and trusted ally of the Angaras will be the standard-bearer of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) in place of outgoing three-term Mayor Arthur J. Angara who is allegedly eyeing the governorship in 2013.
Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Congressman Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Mayor Angara and Rommel Angara – the governor’s nephew – manifested their full support to Bihasa as their mayoral bid in the midst of rumors that Arthur’s daughter, incumbent Councilor and ex-officio Board Member Karen Angara-Ularan is also seeking the mayorship.
Sources said that recently, Bihasa met senator Angara and he was given assurance of the clan’s all-out support.
Bihasa said that he was definitely running for mayor if the Angaras would support him and it was a big blessing for him this 2013.
“We have not yet completed our line-up for the 2013 polls,” he said, saying that his endorsement would be formally announced after the celebration of this town’s fiesta within the month.
Also being floated as potential candidates for mayor are former three-term governor Edgardo “Eddie” L. Ong, former mayor Emil Etcubanez and retired police general Francisco Zubia Jr., aside from Bihasa and Angara-Ularan.
Ong, who lost to Angara-Castillo in the 2004 gubernatorial elections, has hinted of a political comeback, saying public service runs in his blood. The former governor, incidentally, is a wedding godfather of Bihasa.
In 1995, Bihasa started his political career when he ran for councilor and placed third. He ran for reelection in 1998 and emerged as no. 1 vote-getter.
In 2004, he ran for vice mayor and defeated the then-incumbent Nandy Ferraren, son of former Department of the Interior and Local Governments regional director for National Capital Region and Central Luzon Rodolfo Ferraren.
He ran unopposed for reelection in 2007 and trounced by 2,500 votes Councilor Edith Buluag in last year’s vice mayoral race.
Bihasa is a graduate of bachelor of science in marine transport at the Philippine Merchant Marine School in Quiapo and is the chairman of the town’s motorized tricycle franchising and regulatory board.
The board successfully issued 2,230 motorized tricycle operators’ permit, thus, legitimizing the operations of tricycle drivers plying the town’s route.
The municipal council also passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Angara to enter into an agreement with the DILG for the implementation of a public transport assistance program wherein 1,171 tricycle drivers were granted cash assistance under Bihasa’s leadership. (Jason de Asis)
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