‘Dogs’ of Samar
There are pros and cons to the results of the election that showed that outgoing Samar governor Milagrosa Tee Tan, congresswoman Sharee Ann Tee Tan, and Stephen James Tee Tan won, respectively, as Samar Second District Member of the House of Representatives, governor and vice-governor, respectively.
In Basey, there are those who say that some barrio chiefs had worked for Mila and children because they were given huge cash which they used to give voters. In Pinabacdao, the electors of at least one barrio were said to have rejoiced at the P1,000 per voter come-on (a family with 6 members of voting age easily earned P6,000 just for voting for the Tans). In other areas, there were other tales of vote-buying. None, however, has come out to complain.
In all these, money was the center point. Whoever among the candidates for the positions for which the Tan family members were also contenders could give voters the biggest sum of money would get their votes, unless the voters were voting on principle or were die-hards of the rivals of the Tans. Weeks before the election, some voters were crossing their fingers that the Tans would win because their rivals would not want to shell out more than P100 for each voter.
There allegedly was also a promise: Whoever can give a landslide win for the Tans in any barrio would get a financial support come barangay election day on October 5.
About two months before the elections, some hopefuls for local positions were summoned to Catbalogan. Each one of them got hefty cash. An independent candidate among them had said that he was given only P3,000 because he was a mere candidate for Sangguniang Bayan member, while barrio leaders were given P5,000 each and the mayors who were in attendance at that Catbalogan money-giving ritual each got P10,000, for their own personal expense. They were told the money for the voters would be sent down to them not later than the eve of the elections. The money source, it was alleged, was the same person who had figured in vote-buying practices in the previous two gubernatorial elections.
No one had dared say he or she was certain who the money provider or who the vote-buyer had been. The more that nobody had been 100 per cent sure where the vote money was taken from. There only had been suspicions, and talks that arose from those suspicions have become insignificantly hearsay.
People’s thoughts coming out in the feedback section of www.samarnews.com tell so much, quite as substantially as debating voices did ram the broadcast air lanes on the elections as yet coming and the results of balloting. QN takes the liberty of capturing some of them here.
On May 10, another Catbalogan posted his report-sounding comments: “On going VOTE BUYING being perpetrated by Samar Local Administration Candidates specifically the ___ FAMILY … cartoon-full of money with their stickers and sample ballots … being distributed (ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED PESOS [P1,500] for each voter) in all Municipalities of the Province of Samar, it started yesterday and still going on.”
The following day, a “concerned Waray” commented: ‘Based on the partial results of the election, it seems that all the “Tans” (governor, congressman and vice-governor) are winning…ow… what a surprise! ira na it ngatanan … hayyyy.. poor samar…!!!! bangin ngani ira na la ichange it name hit samar… “Tan Province”… instead of “Samar Province”…not to judge…pero in this case, we can expect more corruption….and we know that ____ ___ has been in this problem already…kalooy hit samar…(not to judge again) hira la it mariko hin duro.. while the rest… mas lalo mapopobre…i was really expecting that the Samarenos would learn from the past… pero mas ura-ura naman yana.. kay gidugangan pa…kay-ano dawla nahisugad? Vote buying ba, as usual?
‘Anyway, let’s face the reality…. money is still powerful…’
The dashing Antonio Morales who has been described by some who also appear in this website to be hard-hitting had this pontification posted last May 13: “The people of Samar have spoken, they want more of the same!
“A friend of mine lamented to me that the people of Samar have voted not just Mila and Sharee Ann Tan but also the new vice governor Jimboy Tan who is a member of the … clan. I responded that the people deserve them. No leader can be greater than the society it leads. The leader usually is the reflection of the people. So, kun buta an usa ka mata ni ____, asya liwat ito an kahimtang hit Samar. Nasiring hira kamakalulouy gad hit Samar, an baton ko hiyukat ha iyo kay iyo man iton tinuyuan. Salit kun magkakasakit ngani kamo, pagdara na la kamo hin tabla kay sigurado patay kamo didto ha Samar Provincial Hospital kay mayda gad doctors ngan nurses pero waray na miski la gapas. Kun mapreso ngani an iyo mga kapapraturan, dire la hira magpepenetensya didto ha Samar Provincial Jail, an ira kaprisuhan sentensya na mismo kay waray na pagkaon nga para hit mga preso kay lagi adto na gingamit panmalit hin botos. Siring pa han usa ka preso, ada ungod gudman an sinisiring nga impyerno ha kalibutan and Samar Provincial Jail. Kun magkakadisgrasya kamo ha dalan kay baga na hit lubluban hit karabaw iton mga kalsada, kamo na it bahala pagkuha hin graba ngan baras kay it provincial government waray na ito hira labot ha iyo. For as long as the people are stupid, corrupt, and incompetent, expect that the leaders would mirror them.
“An Catbalogan nagmingaw hadton Mayo 11 kay mga busog busogan han mga kwarta nga ira guinkarawat tikang hit mga kandidato, salit pagkahuman hit irignum ngan pangaon, 3 years na liwat nga pamulat hit sunod nga yagyag hit grasya tikang kan ____. In the interim, sige pagbasol kamo nga iyo ginbaligya an iyo mga botos.
“When the people are ready, the right leader will appear. So, until then, puro la anay kita pangandoy ngan pangaraba. Siring pa ni ____, ang mga taga-Samar murag mga iro (mga ayam), hatagan lang ug gamay nga pagkaon, okey na!
“So, dogs of Samar, bark as hard as you can!”
Another succinctly said also on May 13: ‘“In Samar there are more wicked souls than the righteous ones. Thus, these same wicked souls make MONEY as their MASTER, instead of being their SERVANT!”
‘“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation.” – Idealistic view
‘“It takes only Php500 – Php700 for the 3 well-known debauched criminals/animals to get elected.” – Realistic view in Samar.’
On May 14 came this reaction from New Your, USA: “I profoundly grieve for Samar and all Samareños.
“The latest election results showed that the people of Samar want the status quo. I can’t fathom why, despite the obvious incompetence, irregularities, marked corruption, apathy, lack of solid experience, etc, Samar voters still want basically the same inutile leadership that makes Samar one of the poorest and backward provinces in the Philippines. Well, the citizens of Samar have spoken and you will deservedly get what you voted for.”
[Foot note: Some omissions were done here by QN intentionally. Also, try getting hold of a copy of the Samar Weekly Express (edited by star reporter Ricky J. Bautista; sister publication of Leyte Samar Daily Express) for more accounts on the elections in Samar.]
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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS! Roger David Gabero Bichachi and Marcelino Baron Bichachi are proudly inviting close friends and relatives to the first birthday party which they are giving for their first grandson, Romer Klent Bichachi, at 7 p.m., June 26, at the Bichachi residence at 92 M.H. Del Pilar, Tacloban. Romer, first child of Alma Bichachi, will be one year old come Saturday. Happy birthday, Romer!
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HAPPY FIESTA TO SAMRAKANONS! The Gugma han Deloria Association (Deloria), through its founding president Juan “Jun” Deloria Distrajo and vice-president Praxidio Duran, and Gen-Gen Dela Torre Jr. are wishing the people of Roxas, Basey, Samar a very happy annual barrio fiesta on June 27 (Sunday). Roxas, formerly known as “Samrak” (from the word Shamrock), has lined up religious and cultural activities for its yearly festivity . All working Samrakanons, especially those who have successfully made fortune in Metro Manila, Mindanao and abroad, are expected to do a homecoming to rekindle their close relationships with the people of their Pre-War barrio.
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MESSAGES LAST FATHER’S DAY: For all the fathers in and around Leyte and Samar here came some messages that were sent on Father’s Day:
“HAPPY FATHERS DAY! to d best Dad n d world.. GOD Bless!” – Gay Gaspay
“It would take a thousand workers to build a CASTLE, a million soldiers to protect its COUNTRY, but it only takes one MAN to build a happy home. HAPPY FATHER’s day!” – Art Duran
“1Kings 2:2-3, ‘…so be strong, show yourself a man and observe what the Lord your God requires: walk in His ways and keep His decrees and commands…’ Happy Fathers’ Day! God bless!” – Henry Lagrimas
Thanks to all for their greetings, especially those who gave me a buss or a hug! My closest dearest friend greeted me two weeks earlier after she heard about the day of parent fathers from GMA 7 television channel. (Chito Dela Torre)
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