ANGELES CITY – “It doesn’t really matter who will run against me, even old timers are welcome.”
Thus said Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan when asked to comment about his possible rivals in next year’s elections, including the Nepomucenos.
Pamintuan stressed to reporters that “my work to improve this city is more important right now than think about my opponents in the 2013 elections.”
This came as First District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan’ Lazatin categorically announced that he will seek reelection next year. Lazatin doused off rumors circulating around that he will run for mayor and challenge Pamintuan.
The first-term mayor said “that’s indeed the real plan of Lazatin in 2013 and nothing else except a Congress seat for him.”
Pamintuan also appeared unfazed over his potential challengers next year, including former Mayor Francis Nepomuceno or his elder brother, Robin Nepomuceno.
He refused to give statements about the Nepomucenos and instead smiled to journalists during his recent regular monthly meeting with them.
“I want to make sure that our programs on health and education improve further,” said Pamintuan. By June, he added, the first-ever city college will begin operations benefitting poor families.
He also affirmed his commitment to the preservation of the environment, announcing his on-going project of planting one million trees with the help of private sectors.