TWO members of the Laoag City Sangguniang Panlungsod are expected to throw their political hat in the coming Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL)-Laoag City-Ilocos Norte Chapter elections.
This came about after neophyte Councilor Donald Nicolas announced his intention to seek the PCL presidency against incumbent PCL President Vicentito M. Lazo, also a member of the Laoag council.
According to Nicolas, his decision was a party consensus as he added that his friends from the different municipal councils around the province as well as his colleagues at the city council have also supported his decision to seek the highest PCL post in the province.
Nicolas further mentioned that he has already started going around the province to solicit the help of Sangguniang Bayan members for his candidacy and he said they responded with support to him.
However he said he does not expect a 100 percent support from the Laoag City council since his main rival for the PCL post would also be coming from the same Sanggunian.
Reacting to this, Lazo said he welcome his colleague’s decision to run against him saying it is a privilege for every member of Sangguniang Panlungsod and Bayan to run.
“I hope he is running because he really wants to run because what I’ve heard is somebody is pushing him to run and that somebody is taking it personal against me,” Lazo said.
He added that if someone would really want to run it should be because he wants to serve the PCL.
He went on to say that he does not fear anyone running against him even if it also belongs to the same council where he serves as he cited the example of former Laoag Councilor Modesto Melvin M. dela Cuesta who also ran against him in 2004. Dela Cuesta lost.
As PCL president in the last three years, Lazo said the PCL conducted free medical and dental services in the different towns of the province, gift-giving and they also constructed the new PCL building, which is expected to be completed soon.
Lazo also explained that during his incumbency, the local PCL chapter also went around the country to campaign for charter change because he was the Region I chairman for PCL.
“Because of joining and going around, we were able to make the PCL national office feel the presence of the Ilocos Norte federation,” he said.
Should he win the PCL presidency anew, Lazo vowed to continue his programs and activities for the federation.
Dominic B. dela Cruz