Implications of Spines’ Guam visit
By Jun Velasco
“Success is a journey, not a destination,” Ben Sweetland
AS we go to press, a Philippine Star dispatch said that falsification charges have been filed against lawyer Jer Samson who misrepresented himself as executive of Stradcom Corp., the company that legally belongs to tycoon Cesar T. Quiambao of Bayambang, Pangasinan.
This is a new round for CTQ whose collection effort of nearly P4 billion in computer fees has been withheld by the Land Transportation Office.
Now that the Sumbilla group of Samson has been established by the court as a nuisance, CTQ can heave a sigh of relief en route to the whopping amount of money he richly deserves.
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On their visit to the island of Guam this week, Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., aka Spines, and party will sign a sisterhood pact for the mutual and multiple benefits of our province and the US Territory.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
A couple of days back, we read a news item in a Manila daily that the US is pulling out its military bases from Okinawa, Japan and the Andersen Base in Guam. In light of its strategic proximity, the base transfer is expected to stir up massive employment opportunities for job-hungry Pinoys especially engineers, construction workers and the like.
In case you don’t know yet, Filipinos easily dominate the number of non-Guamenians in the island — the largest of the Mariana Islands.
Easily, says sport columnist Jess Garcia, Pangasinenses easily outnumber Filipinos living in Guam.
Jess adds that Binalonan folk top the number of Pangasinenses spread out on the 75 square miles US protectorate.
Earlier, we met at the Capitol press conference the leaders of the Pangasinan Assn’ of Guam led by its president former Police Major Vicente Rivo. We told them we once edited a paper in Saipan and was a stringer of the Guam-based Pacific Daily News.
Early in the 80’s, we helped put out the Guam Tribune of a wealthy Filipino businessman Mark Pangilinan. The paper was circulated in Guam but its editorial contents were done in Manila at the Asia Research System owned by then Landoil boss Jose de Venecia of which we were managing director.
A couple of months back, Spines’ high school classmate, business tycoon Cesar T. Quiambao told us he was firming up with Medical City chairman Dr. Alfredo “Alran” Bengzon a l50-bed hospital project in Guam.
We believe the Pangasinan-Guam sisterhood pact has its side bar with close buddies Spines and Cesar exploring new opportunities for Pangasinenses in Guam.
Our governor seems too busy crafting the province’s leap from Number 4 to Number One next year.
We believe the Guam connection will help seal that.
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We got a call from “hibernating” mayoral aspirant Wilson de Vera who has denied that he has quit the challenge just because of his scanty public appearances.
He reports that his winning strategies are all sawed up, with popular Ferdinand Galang agreeing to be his teammate.
Wilson and Nanding will face the formidable father and son team of Roy and Mark in Calasiao’s local polls.
May the best team win.