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Pangasinan guv asks ‘warring’ broadcasting to keep cool

Aug 3, 2015 @ 3:44

In Pangasinan, the local radio commentators are the ones engaged in heated ‘word war’, not the politicians gearing up for the 2016 elections.

These exchange of intense political commentaries being aired live in local radio stations have prompted outgoing Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. to step in and call for sobriety among the feuding commentators.

In the Facebook account of the provincial government, Espino noted that the commentators backing the candidacy of his son, Amado “Pogi” Espino III, and former 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco, have gone as far as threatening each other with violence – on air.

“Avoid fanning the fire of rabid partisanship that could lead to violence and other untoward incidents,” the governor wrote in a statement published in the local newspaper Sunday Punch.

“I resolve to keep Pangasinan one of the most peaceful provinces in the country, and will not allow troublemakers to ruin our stability and new-found potential for growth that have propelled our province to a No. 1 position in the region,” Espino warned.

The provincial chief executive said he is aware of the danger posed by irresponsible statements “used to incite animosities that could erupt in violence and then put the blame on me and my administration.”

“I implore our friends in the media to refrain from stoking the fire of hatred and deepening animosities because of politics,” Espino said.

He asked the local media to observe “utmost professionalism by presenting the news with objectivity, truth and without malice”, and  not allowing themselves “to become tools of selfish interests (by those) who want to ruin the unity and progress we have attained in the past years.”

Espino, who is set to run for vice governor after completing his last term as governor in 2016, is fielding his son “Pogi” as his successor against Cojuangco.

“Pogi” is the head of the Liga ng mga Barangay and ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The elder Espino will go against Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay for the vice gubernatorial set.

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