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Ompong Plaza eyes House comeback

By Ben Serrano

Ompong Plaza and running mate Larry Clapiz field questions from the media at a forum in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Richard Grande

Former Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza made a surprise political comeback in his home province and filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 elections, as he eyes to reclaim a House seat next year.

His running mate vying for governor of Agusan del Sur is former judge and Trento town mayor Larry Clapiz, a personal friend of President Duterte. Both are running as candidates of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) .

Plaza will fight top Board Member Alfelito Bascug in the first district of the province .

Flanked with their throngs of supporters, the two with their provincial slate filed their respective certificates of candidacy at the Comelec provincial office in Prosperidad.

Clapiz, in an emotional speech after filing his COC, claimed Duterte promised to visit the province and to campaign for them .

“We wanted to bring back this provincial capitol to the people of Agusan del Sur and if by God’s grace I and Congressman Ompong win, we will improve the government delivery of basic services especially on the health sector, livelihood, stable peace and order, improve education through offering more scholarship programs for the people of Agusan del Sur,”Clapiz said.

“We will bat for more livelihood programs, free hospitalization and free medical services,” he added.

The maverick gubernatorial bet also issued warning that if he wins, he will recall all luxury vehicles like latest expensive models of  Fortuners sports utility vehicles issued to provincial board members and replaced it with multi-cabs.

“Ngil-ad kaayo taw-awon para sa mga katawhan sa Agusan del Sur nagbagtas lang intawon unya kining mga board members sakay anang mahalon nga SUVs. Kung ako palaron mudaug, Bawi-on ko na mga Pajeros, Fortuners ug ilisdan ko na og multi-cabs. About time to bring back the Agusan del Sur provincial government to the people” added Clapiz

For his part, Plaza said if he wins he will file resolution to modernize, mechanized rice farming and rice millers all over the country to boast rice production that will lower prices like in Thailand and Vietnam.

A sack of rice in Thailand and Vietnam well milled rice , class A with 5% broken rice and 95% long grains only cost below P1,000.00 per bag of 50 kilos or one sack, In the Phillipines,  per sack of rice or bag of 50 kilos of rice is about P2,500.00 per bag, according to Plaza.

“At present, there are 2,500 rice mills all over the country yet only over a hundred are accredited by the government,” the former solon said.


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