Cousin rejects Hernani Braganza as gov bet



Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza. Photo from

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines—Former Pangasinan representative and now Board Member Ranjit Shahani on Saturday announced that he was withdrawing his support for the gubernatorial bid of his second cousin, Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, and has endorsed reelectionist Gov. Amado Espino Jr. in next year’s elections.

“I would like the whole province of Pangasinan to know that I am supporting the reelectionist ticket of Gov. Amado Espino Jr. for governor and [Jose] Ferdinand Calimlim for vice governor,” Shahani said  in a phone-patch interview over Aksyon Radyo Pangasinan here.

Shahani’s mother, former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and Braganza’s mother, the late Purita Agsalud Braganza, are cousins. The young Shahani is also former President Fidel Ramos’ nephew.

Shahani and Braganza belong to the administration Liberal Party (LP) while Espino and Calimlim belong to the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Shahani questioned the local LP’s selection process for different local candidates in the province for the May 2013 elections.

“I do not like the process of selecting candidates under the LP. It was not transparent. It’s like backsliding in the old days of the backroom, smoke-filled rooms for politicians … throwing the dice in deciding the fate of the Filipino people,” he said.

Shahani had reportedly wanted to run for vice governor but he did not get the LP nomination.

Arturo Lomibao, former Philippine National Police director general, was instead named as Braganza’s running mate.

Shahani also challenged Braganza to a debate “for me to prove that Governor Espino is far more qualified than Hernani Ramos Agsalud Braganza to be father of the great province of Pangasinan.”

He said he was supporting Espino because in his two terms as governor, he had done a lot for the province, such as improving health services, establishing a better working environment for provincial employees and putting in place basic infrastructure projects.

Shahani first served as the province’s vice governor in 1992.

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  • Juan

    Si Hernani Braganza? Tumigil na ba yan sa kahihithit ng damo kasama si Rocky Nazareno?

  • anton kinuton

    ranjit shahani? sino siya? kaya naman pala tinitira kahit pinsan, di siya napili ng LP  na vice governor ni braganza. natural, maghihimutok.

  • zedle

    What is an Indian national doing in Philippine Politics?  Go back to Bombay

  • Rommel Jason

    Sila sila lang ba ang tao sa Pangasinan?? Magsi gisng naman kayong mga taga Pangasinan!!!

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Ranjit who??? Hindi ka lang napili lumukso ka agad sa kabila…Now the people know who you really are…POWER hungry lang…and usually yong ganitong mga tao ay the MOST corrupt!!! 

  • randyaltarejos

    Now, we can say that blood is not thicker than water. While other politicos are engaged in political dynasty, this one is different.

  • Divina Wind

    Magkano kaya ang binayad ni jueteng lord to that self-serving hypocrite? Espino did nothing unusually good sa mga mahihirap sa Pangasinan. But, of course, like Shahani and his political relatives, self-serving Espino enriched himself and his blood relatives. Sa Pangasinan, like in Pampanga, you can’t question those who are in power- they will use hired killers to finish you. Dapat, the hitmen of the NPA should finish the elected top officials in these provinces- kasi, talagang walang magagawa ang mga tao to remove them from power- if it’s really true that they are fighting for social justice.

  • agaylaya

    Multiply this scene ten thousand times and you get a picture of Philippine democracy – It is a democracy of the elite, by the elite and for the elite. We helplessly watch as the elite political families fight each other in order to earn the right to milk us and the sad thing is that our people think that this is the “normal” way of doing politics. We have a long way to go, indeed.    

  • Crystal

    ingiit lang yan…..ganyan naman ang politics sa pinas…politics ng mga inggitero at inggitera….of greedy politicians…..

  • iping2sison

    Mangimon si Ranjit. Balibali so agawa nen Hernani ed Alaminos. Say Alaminos so primeran nindan nen Sec. Robredo na  Good Governance Award. Nepeg labat ya say Good and Transparent Governance so ipamaley nen Hernani no sicato’y manalon gobernador.

  • Opel

    sour gripping…… 

    • Lateralus

       baka sour graping? hahahaha

  • k

    ranjit shahani?
    kamag anak ba sya ni shalani soledad at ni ate shawee??

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