LOOKING IN: Is there no alternative for us? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:46

BY ROD BALBON

 

We are like Sisyphus, a trickster king punished in Hades for cheating death, was condemned to rolling a huge stone repeatedly up a hill only to have it rolled down again as soon as he had brought it to the summit.

We know for a fact that running this city with a population of close to one million is a very complex and demanding responsibility to be entrusted to somebody who has not been properly reared in statecraft, yet for so many years, we never stop electing bums, daft, dumbs, and sometimes eccentrics. Voter’s sanity and common sense are thrown out of the window during elections especially when money and special favors are given and splashed all over the place. After reaching the hill’s punishing tip of our frustrations, we again drag ourselves to the depths of our usual wretched and miserable conditions, missing again the chance to elect officials who can truly steer our city towards real progress and development.

This issue is being brought out because lately there are talks that the incumbent City Mayor Beng Salazar will be challenged by the present 1st District Congressman CelsoLobregat in the coming 2016 local elections for the city’s mayoralty post.

We have seen these two officials served the city and one can simply look back and see their short and dismal performance, as observe by many, in bringing progress and development of the city. By comparing their scorecards, Celso Lobregat’s marks are far better, for reasons that he stayed longer (three terms) as City Mayor.

But are we to reduce the future of the city into a choice between these two recycled and uninspiring politicians? Are we going to extend the term of Mayor Beng Salazar whose scorecard is a total failure despite her party connection with President Pnoy? Do they merit our votes in the next election? What social and economic gains have they initiated and achieved that would compel us to elect them? Someone should stand up and provide an alternative to the present political confusion and stagnation.

Yes, Zamboanga City’s skyline is changing, brought about by the constructions of numerous buildings and establishments, but these economic developments are not the fruit of their economic policies and programs. These are undertaken by those bold and enterprising businessmen who anticipate huge return of investments in these perilous times and place.

Quietly, the business and industrial groups in the city are not satisfied with the performance of our elected city officials. And so are the youth and the academe.

Can’t they come up with a consensus, form a slate, and fully support and finance their candidacies in the coming election? Hopefully, with these new faces, we will not anymore be like Sisyphus, forever condemned to roll the stone uphill and downhill in Hades.