The fracas of politicking
It is as if the other side is neck deep in uncertainty, portraying a picture of insecurity and fear of losing. The anxiety has pushed them to go overboard in their approach at disinformation just to get ahead and catch people’s attention. However, their way of easing out the opponent has become too blatant and wicked that the punches they throw hurt the people more with the campaign period still a few months in sight.
For example, the opposition block of the city council has been desperately hindering the administration from doing its work or its desire to continue various developmental works. It will be remembered that as early as 2011, the city government has applied for loans to bankroll several projects that need to be implemented as these are tasks that need immediate attention. These projects have long been priority programs of the city mayor as they need imperative solutions and interventions and subsequently call for urgent implementation. These are the programs that involved water, drainage, slaughterhouse, and other concerns. Due to their self-interest and mistaken orientations, they are preventing the city government from doing its job at the expense of the people, saying the loans will be used to finance the mayor’s bid to continue serving Tacloban.
For a young professional, it is quite impossible to follow such kind of doubts and fear because these people have never been consistent in their views and actions. They did not criticize Rep. Bem Noel when he used the funds of the An Waray party-list to promote his interest so much so that the good congressman’s projects in the city carried only his BN insignia rather than the party-list. No one raised any questions, even the city government of Tacloban let him be. Now they are raising hell with the loan fearing that the mayor has the same orientation and values that they have.
Many loans have been sourced out by LGUs for advancing development; most of the funds have gone with the wind. I remember the furor of a loan taken to finance the water project in Tacloban. No one could even account it much more show the accomplishment it brought to the city as most of Tacloban is still arid and waterless.
If these people who act as if they are vigilant are actually sincere and honest in their intentions, they should not single-out people. They should have criticized others worst than the present administration. Now, they look as if they are deterrents to Tacloban’s progress. I wonder what Tacloban would be had they been elected its local chief executive. What is happening in Metro Manila could happen in the city, if it does, would these grandstanding councilors and personages also become silent as what happened to the legislators who were noisy during the height of the RH bill debates that suddenly went still with the rampaging rains and floods?
By: Jed Paolo A. Cairo
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