Strike while the iron is hot, Mayor Beng PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 October 2015 16:25

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol


Mayor Maria Isabelle (Beng) Climaco-Salazar, in a press conference recently, already hinted that she is running for re-election. It was said  indirectly but done it through the lyrics of a song  that any keen observer maybe able to dissect the meaning.  The song “All in one” is a message that Mayor Beng will be running together with her new Liberal Party converts, no more no less. This indirect revelation is an offshoot to retired Police General Mario Biong Yanga, who announced recently in a casual talk with Brigada FM radio anchorman, Mr. Nonong Santiago. The public is now anxious to hear a pronouncement from District 1 Congressman Celso Lorenzo Lobregat,if he is really also running for  Mayor, a position he held for three terms.

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Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar is in the right political track by hinting her real intention for the 2016 elections. In this case, Mayor Beng is so serious for re-election that she will slug it out with any other contenders. This should be the spirit of an incumbent, if you have not done anything wrong while in office. You should continue to finish what you have started. Handling the highest position in the city, is not a matter to take for granted but, it should really be handled by an executive that treats the city like a multi-million corporation. The Chief Executive Officer of a corporation executes programs not persecute objectors, listens to objections and problems and not scorn them. Solutions to those complaints and problems must be in line with the program and not rely on mediocre junior executives, who may sometimes act not in line with those programs but on their own judgement. with the belief that their close relationship with the city mayor will abscond them from future liabilities of their misjudgment. This is anathema to good government.

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One Fiesta activity, and it is a “kick-off” for this religious fiesta celebration dubbed as ‘WET and WILD”. These two words if joined together, even if celebrated in good intentions, is like the title of a pornographic movie. The fact that it is the “kick-off” presentation of the city religious Some drastic updating of our understanding of what a missionary is, is now in order. We should not get stuck with the common, textbook idea that a missionary is usually a priest or nun who goes to a far-away place, and literally starts a settlement there.

While this concept of a missionary is still valid—it will always be—it now cries to be expanded to reflect its true character, especially given today’s dynamic and more complicated world.

We have to understand that everyone, by virtue of his sheer humanity and much more, his Christianity, is called to be a missionary, and that he does not need to go to distant lands because his immediate environment already needs a more effective, down-to-earth evangelization.

Yes, even the ordinary guy in an office, the farmer, the businessman, the politician, the entertainers, artists and athletes, are called to be missionaries. That’s simply because as persons with a prominently social dimension in our life, we have to be responsible for one another.

And the biggest responsibility we can have for the others would be their moral and spiritual welfare, much more than just their economic or social wellbeing. It is this responsibility that we have to learn how to be more serious about and more competent in fulfilling. This is the current situation and challenge to all of us.   And so we have to reconcile ourselves with the reality that we actually have to be missionaries right where we are. In fact, I would say that to go to the deserts of Africa or the forests and rivers of Brazil could be far easier to do, since in these places we only have to contend more with physical and material difficulties.

The people in these isolated areas may exhibit primitive violent attitudes, but their minds and hearts can easily be converted by simple and elemental gestures of goodness. This has always been the experience of missionaries who went to these places.

It’s rather in the paved jungles of the big cities inhabited by very sophisticated people immersed in very worldly things where the more demanding kind of missionary work is needed.

In these places, the people tend to be so confined to their own world, already fiesta celebration, it destroys the sanctity of a religious activity. Table Talk is not really very religious or very conservative but those two words are seemingly erotic if taken as what it really meant, and it implies that the activities of Zamboanga Fiesta Pilar 2015 are for physical happiness and not a religious pilgrimage. The activity might be very modern, an activity similar to  Brazil’s “Carnival in Rio” but it transgresses the age old religious celebration of Nuestra Senora Virgen Del Pilar. Indeed, let us think modern, Mayor Beng but let us not also forget the past because “the past draws our future”.

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The next round of announcement from Mayor Beng, after filing her Certificate of Candidacy (COC), will be her complete slate. We were informed that some barangay chairmen are joining the race because they will not lose anything. The moment they will be defeated in the election they can still go back as barangay chairmen. This is grossly unfair for the other barangay officials who are next in line in the hierarchy. Mayor Beng must not allow this to happen. It defeats the purpose of good governance, especially in the barangays. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) must adopt measures to prohibit barangay chairmen from seeking higher office while they are still in the present position. This is one political tradition that  seemingly works like a political dynasty or a monopoly?

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Scoop: Congressman Celso L. Lobregat was overheard in one of his radio interviews that he will only make known as to what position he will run, when he files his COC. Take note that Congressman Lobregat normally files his COC at midnight on the last day of filing of COCs. This will be a long wait for his loyal followers, that is if they will not fall on a temptation that they can’t refuse. Agree or disagree.