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Friday, 03 July 2015 13:57

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

 

San Jose, CA. — I may have to take a brief break after this piece to visit my cardiologist in Los Angeles. Anyway, call for Mr. Bien Fernandez! Your statistical expertise is badly needed. Why are voters suddenly focused on Manila-based surveys on the preference and acceptability of presidential nominees instead of fixing our inquisitiveness on local aspirants for what-not elective positions? In all local political contests in the past, Bien was accurate in essaying the outcome of the elections. “Statfacts” is his crystal ball. Now would be the right time to summon his numerical savvy.

All we need to know is who’s ahead in the pack for mayor and vice mayor. If democracy, as defined by Harry Emerson Fosdick, is “based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people,” then let’s find out who these ordinary people running for the two top local posts are. “Statfacts” is an independent survey group made up of students handpicked by Bien himself. It would normally take his team 4-6 weeks to come up with results of a survey, depending on the type or module of the survey he wants undertaken.

So far, we have only two presumptive candidates for mayor: Ma. Isabel G. Climaco-Salazar and Celso L. Lobregat. The padre has decided to run for congress in the first district. The opposition? Maybe Councilors Mel Agan and Jawo Jimenez, or former Vice Mayor Mannix Dalipe. Agan and Dalipe, if ever, will have to toss a coin to decide who’s the one because both are VP Binay’s persons of interest. Jimenez? He’ll probably retire like his father before him after a third term. Or, he can run against the padre if he has the money and machinery. These are all IFs. But that’s what politics in the Philippines is all about — uncertain.

While we’re at it, methinks that Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde will be Mr.Lobregat’s running-mate and Councilor Gerky Valesco will be Ma’m Beng’s second. Who will be Mr. Lobregat’s cornerman? It can’t be the never-retiring Junie Orendain because Mr. Lobregat is very particular about loyalty.

But it’s time for these two politicians to stop being “ere-ere” and be as diaphamous as a spider’s web and declare their ambitions. Stop all diatribes and invectives against each other, directly or indirectly. And those phony statements of unity and solidarity are meaningless when they can no longer share the same stage. As Henry Brooks Adams said, “the renewal of broken relations is a serious matter.”

Clearly, a decision has to be made and the verdict becomes clearer by the day. Madam Climaco-Salazar and Mr. Lobregat will part ways. Suddenly, two roads are diverged in the woods. Who’s going to get lost?