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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Pampanga native pushed as CDC president

By Mark Louie P. Roxas, MT Central Luzon Bureau

Rep. Rey Aquino of the Third District of Pampanga urged President Arroyo to appoint another Capampangan as president of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) to succeed CDC President Emmanuel Angeles, who has recently announced his retirement.

“It has been virtually a tradition that a Capampangan heads the CDC as a matter of respect and sensitivity to the local populace,” said Aquino.

Aquino is endorsing the prominent Pampanga businessman Levy P. Laus for the post.

He said that the name of a non-Capampangan has been floated as a possible replacement of Angeles, who leaves the CDC on March 16. Of the five persons appointed as CDC president, four have been Capampangans. Angeles is the fourth Capampangan to occupy the position.

The Capampangans who previously held the post before Angeles were Tito Henson, now of SM Prime Holdings; retired Air Force general Romeo David and Angeles businessman Sergio Naguit. The only non-Capampangan to hold the top CDC office was Rufo Colayco, who was picked by deposed President Estrada.

“I have no objection to whomever President Arroyo will appoint as CDC president, but as a Capampangan I would push strongly for a cabalen as the first choice,” said Aquino.

He said that Laus, besides being a Capampangan, is a highly respected business leader and corporate builder in the country.

“Mr. Laus can very well hold his candle against anyone in the business and corporate world in terms of track record, success and stature,” Aquino said.

He stressed that Laus has Pampanga and Central Luzon at heart both as businessman and civic leader.

“Laus was a leading public figure and fund raiser to save Pampanga from lahar devastation following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, and has, for decades now, been a champion of countryside development in Central and North Luzon,” he said.

Aquino believes his endorsement of Laus is shared by his fellow Capampangan lawmakers and most Capampangans.


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