By MAR T SUPNAD
MARIVELES, Bataan – Mayor Jocelyn Peliglorio-Castańeda and her whilom political foes Vice Mayor Angelito Rubia, together with the members of the municipal council, decided to “bury the hatchet for the sake of public service.”
“We had already set aside our political differences with Vice mayor Rubia and the councilors in the name of public service,” Mayor Castańeda told this writer.
Castañeda or Mayor Jo as fondly called by friends and relatives, pointed out that since she delivered her first 100 days SOMA (state-of-the-municipality address) she offered an olive branch to her political opponents for the sake of their constituents.
“Nag tone down na ako magmula noong SOMA ko dahil iisa naman ang aming layunin nina Vice mayor at SB members-ang maglingkod sa bayan,” pointed out Mayor Castańeda, adding “I do not want to sacrifice our services to the Mariveleños just because of politics.”
The neophyte mayor wanted that this new peace agreement in Mariveles reaches the attention of Gov Abet S Garcia, recognized as the new “politicial kingpin” in Bataan.
“Sana, makarating kay Gov Abet na dito sa Mariveles ay nagkakaisa na kami nina Vice mayor Rubia at mga konsehal,” stressed the lady mayor.
This was confirmed by Vice Mayor Rubia himself in an impromptu interview with this writer, who said that “hatchets were buried as we came to ‘peace agreement’ with Mayor Jo for the interest of the public.”
“Oo, nag usap usap na kami nina Mayor Jo at Municipal administrator Angel ‘Boboy’ Peliglorio,” pointed out Rubia.
Rubia further said “iisa naman ang among layunin nina Mayor Jo… and maglingkod sa bayan, kaya nagkasundo-sundo na kami.”
Boboy Peliglorio is the mayor’s elder brother and political adviser.
Gov Garcia, has from the start, pushing for “One Bataan,” among Bataeños to work as one group for the sake of the province.
Garcia’s move has earned the praise not only from his political allies but also from the opposition.
After burying their hatchets, Mayor Jo Castañeda and Vice mayor Lito Rubia vow to work hand-in-hand for the people of Mariveles, Bataan.