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A ‘Sweet’ challenge?

Jul 29, 2021, 12:00 AM
Ismael Amigo

Ismael Amigo

Columnist

FIRST off: We never expected the camp of Dist. 3 Congresswoman Maitet Collantes would personally take our “Mirror, mirror on the wall” piece.

This was the “Snow White” thing where we -- no harm intended -- pitted the good lawmaker as the Queen, as she is right now as far as her reign at D3 is concerned, against a perceived challenger to her throne in Tanauan chief executive Angeline “Sweet” Halili.

A positive development in this is, it drew out the best from their stocks as we suddenly noticed her camp made a major effort replacing all of Rep. Maitet Collantes’ public tarpaulins complete with photos taken from way back when the good lawmaker was still a “princess” of her own.

And those indeed came way up at par now with Mayor Sweet’s attractive tarpaulins posted at inconspicuous areas in the city.

But people are still thinking: Why the sudden change? What did the Queen see in her imaginary “mirror?”

The answer is: Talk is sweet. Mayor Sweet may give it a try at the Queen’s lofty perch as District 3 Representative come the 2022 National Elections.

As of this writing, however, that remains unconfirmed as Tanauan City CIO chief Gerry Laresma had told this deadline beater over lunch on rainy Wednesday, 21 July 2021.

Our first time, but the “tapang kabayo” dish proved better than beef. Turned out good and so was the succulent “gotong Batangas.”

Thanks a lot, Ger!

He said he loves the place for their good cooking but the thing is, he cautioned me to keep our conversation down low while eating as the resto is accordingly owned by a relative of the “Queen.”

“But they are good friends of mine,” he said.

So, there. Friendship knows no boundaries.

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It is right for this corner to give credit where credit is due as far as the vaccination rollout is concerned here in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas.

Boasting a population of around 300K, the city is made up of 30 barangays but, under the supervision of youthful city health officer Dr. Fernan Ramos, the vax rollout turned out breezy at the rescue center in Pob. 3 although people mostly come in droves, hundreds of them on vaccination days.

It was gathered that the good youthful doctor was also instrumental in convincing STC Mayor Edna Sanchez to acquire 80 freezers suitable for high-care, delicate vaccines like Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and others.

It is also where, as we’ve heard from Gerry, who also serves as STC CIO chief, that Tanauan keeps its vax vials.

The only other city in the province that owns a similar freezer is Batangas City, the seat of provincial government.

Take a bow Doc Fernan.


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