Press Release: KALIBO, Aklan – EVER wonder what the letter L stands for in the name of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin?
Well, wonder no more. It stands for Lachica.
But despite the big role played by the late Church leader in the so-called 1986 People Power, Cardinal Sin’s nephew, former Kalibo Mayor William Lachica, believes that the bitter lessons of history taught the Filipino people that the only way for the country to rise from mediocrity is to unite under a common goal.
Lachica, a maverick politician who is aiming to be Aklan’s next governor, is an ardent supporter of presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and he strongly believes that if his uncle Jaime Lachica Cardinal Sin was alive today the latter would have preferred unity rather than discord.
“Kung buhay si Cardinal Sin ‘yun din ang kaniyang magiging intensyon, na magkaisa ang mga tao at kalimutan na ang pagkakawatak-watak dahil sa pulitika. Napakahaba ng mahigit tatlumpong taon at nakita naman nating halos walang nangyari sa bayan natin,” he said in an interview.
Lachica was in his early 20’s when the so-called EDSA revolt transpired and although the political upheaval altered his family’s relatively low-keyed life, he would soon find himself engulfed in politics, thanks to his new-found fame that was inadvertently brought by his celebrated uncle.
“Nagsimula ako bilang konsehal, hanggang maging mayor at ngayon nga ay tumatakbo bilang gobernador. Sa palagay ko malaking bagay din ang pagiging kamag-anak ko sa kaniya, pero kung hindi din naman ako nagsikap na maglingkod ng maayos eh hindi din naman siguro ako ihahalal ng mga kababayan ko,” the soft-spoken local executive explained.
Asked why he joined Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Lachica said he and his family began to compare the past from what was happening and slowly realized the folly of the political elite’s power grab when they saw the country deteriorating because of failed leadership and unbridled bureaucratic shenanigans.
“Iba talaga sa panahon nung matandang Marcos. Nakikita mo ang pag-unlad na malayong malayo sa nangyayari ngayon. Kaya naman nung pumasok ako sa pulitika marami akong kinopya sa kaniyang pamamalakad dito sa aming probinsya,” he said.