Pineda, Bondoc forge alliance

MINALIN, Pampanga – Despite rumors, 4th District Rep. Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc will no longer be running for the governorship of Pampanga.

In a historic move, Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda and Bondoc have forged an alliance instead for the upcoming May 2019 elections.

Pineda still plans to succeed his mother in the gubernatorial seat, while Bondoc will be seeking for re-election in the House of Representatives.

The historic moment – which surprised their constituents – happened during the 64th birthday celebration of Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores, who, it was learned, made the alliance possible in a move to unite the province’s leaders.

Both Pineda and Bondoc belong to Pampanga’s prominent political clans, whose relationship had gone sour over the years. Both families are known to support opposing candidates during elections.

Asked about the alliance, Bondoc said “it was the right thing to do”. All he and his family want, he said, is for Pampanga’s development – and Pineda is the “key” to this goal.

He was quoted as saying that instead of becoming a hindrance, he wants to be an instrument in the province’s progress, starting with the 4th District.

Pineda, meanwhile, said he and Bondoc – as well as the province’s leaders – only have a common goal: that is, to provide honest public service to their kabalens. –Marie Ocampo