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Pangasinan Guv Espino reconciles with ex-mayor ‘mistah’

Aug 31, 2015 @ 0:40

Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. and former Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro, Jr. have finally decided to patch things up after five years of bitter political feud.

The two old classmates and close friends in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of ’72 met at the Provincial Capitol during a public event and announced their reconciliation, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

“Masaya ako ngayon (I am happy now),” Navarro,  a retired police general was quoted as saying.

Navarro retired after his stint as director of Laguna provincial police. Espino went to become colonel and held the post of police regional director of Region 1.

“Magtulong-tulong tayo (We should help each other)”, Espino said in response.

The two ‘mistahs’ were party mates in the Lakas-KAMPI party of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010 when they both ran for reelection: Navarro for his second term as Bani mayor and Espino for his second term also as governor.

They went separate ways when Navarro left Lakas and joined Liberal Party (LP), a move that did not sit well with Espino. Espino subsequently moved to Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

They never spoke to each other again.

With their reconciliation, Espino expressed his support to Navarro’s plan to run again for mayor in 2016 after losing in 2013 to now Mayor Gwen Palafox-Yamamoto.

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