Pangasinan province, one of the largest in terms of voting population in the Philippines has been continuously besieged with speculations of the alleged candidacy of former Pangasinan 5th District Representative Mark Cojuangco for gubernatorial position even before the previous national and local elections.
Cojuangco put to rest the speculations when he confirmed his intent to run for governor in 2016 during a press interview at the Capitol ground in Lingayen, Pangasinan immediately after the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. on February 10, 2014.
His extemporized declaration drew varied reactions from those who heard and those he directly informed. While many openly expressed their approval, some were wary to show any reaction, which is understandable, to avoid censure.
A series of TV, radio broadcasts and print media interviews swamped Cojuangco after his open declaration. In San Carlos City, he was asked what he proposes to offer to the people of Pangasinan. He stated that he proffers to the people of Pangasinan, his honest service and not to fool the people. He said the truth is what he will always offer no matter how much it hurts so that the people will know the appropriate direction to solve situations and not only display things that are pleasant to the ears merely to garner votes and survive the elections but in the end the problem remains. “To be able to deliver good service honestly without any corruption”, he emphasized.
The former congressman picked the right time to run for the province’s executive position that also allowed the present governor to finish his term. He is undeniably unique to his aspired position based on his numerous achievements in both the local and national levels. It is an endless struggle but he is exceptionally qualified to continue bringing in quality expansions in the province. He has the competence and leadership that comes with experience in working out solutions to the structural needs of the people. His tough political will is incomparable and well venerated by those who know him and have witnessed the resulting success of his initiatives.