Sixth District Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani has confirmed he has resigned from the majority coalition in that chamber but clarified he will still support Governor Amado Espino Jr.
Shahani, who stunned his colleagues in the SP when he delivered a privilege speech last Monday to formally announce his resignation from the majority coalition, now becomes the lone minority member in the 15-man chamber.
The Pangasinan SP, with Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim as presiding officer, is composed of members from the Lakas-Kampi party, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and the LP.
Shahani, a nephew of former President Fidel V. Ramos, said his decision to finally bolt the majority coalition after one and a half years of working with the administration of Governor Amado Espino Jr. was in coordination with national and provincial leaders of the Liberal Party in which he belongs.
The LP provincial leadership in Pangasinan is headed by former Governor Victor Agbayani, former Vice Governor Oscar Lambino and his cousin, Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza.
Shahani also confirmed the two other LP members in the chamber, Teofilo Humilde Jr. of the First District and Generoso Tulagan Jr. of the third district still remain with the majority coalition as he did not ask them to join him when he quit from the coalition.
Both Humilde and Tulagan admitted they were not consulted by Shahani when he announced his move.
Though he spelled out he will still support Governor Espino, Shahani made it clear that he will cooperate with the present provincial administration strictly on the basis of “principle by principle” and “issue by issue”.
Espino won a second term of office in the last election under the Lakas-Kampi party.