LUCENA City -- The newly-elected president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)-Quezon chapter said he will keep his post until the end of his third term, dismissing rumors that he will be running for the next year’s vice gubernatorial race.
In a press briefing on Monday, ABC president and ex- officio Provincial Board Member Ireneo Boongaling categorically denied that he will be challenging Vice Gov. Samuel Nantes contrary to what has been reported.
“That’s not true! I don’t have plans to abandon the post which I won just recently,” said Boongaling, a known businessman who is now in his second term as barangay captain of Masalukot, Candelaria, Quezon.
Boongaling is a son of prominent businessman Leodegario Boongaling and nephew of Candelaria Mayor Macario Boongaling who once serve as president of ABC- Quezon chapter.
He said it’s true that he was being offered by some political groups to run for the second highest position in the province but he humbly refused to buy it.
Boongaling defeated ABC-San Antonio, Quezon chapter president Ariel Wagan, who was publicly supported by Gov. David Suarez and his father, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. Wagan is a former three-termer mayor of San Antonio and elder brother of Mayor Erick Wagan.
But after winning the polls, Boongaling said he immediately approached Wagan and asked him to unite their forces and avoid faction within the league since the election was already over.
With emphasis, Boongaling vowed to remain in his post even as he disclosed that his office is now facing several problems, including the non-payment of their salaries by the provincial government since their assumption to office on the first week of August.
Boongaling said he is using his personal resources to sustain all the operational expenses of his office while fixing the problems.