Mayor’s warning to trike drivers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:04

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

One of the best executive orders released by Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar is the vile warning to all tricycle drivers doing the rounds in the city to stop overcharging their passengers or face revocation and cancellation of their tricycle franchises. This is a bold move by the City Mayor for showing the city that she is unfazed of losing some of the votes of tricycle drivers, perceived were perceived as “untouchables” for many years. Elected city officials in the past and even now are afraid to lose the votes of the tricycle drivers. Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, decided right because tricycle drivers voting strength, is a “MYTH”, like some coveted private organizations and religious groups. They are like “Dracula” who wakes up when blood is dropped in his mouth. Money in every election is the most important tool and weapon and election money is like a precious blood that gives life to “Dracula”.

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Table Talk is a veteran of many Zamboanga City elections, as a campaign leader and supporter, member of  a candidate’s speakers bureau and sometimes as a candidate for the city council. But, in all humility and with a clean and honest conscience, we lost twice, because of principle and has never succumbed and did not come across to the whims and caprices of corrupt voters who threaten you with “no financial windfall, no vote”. This is the most crucial time in your candidacy, a choice to start right or corrupt your way to success and be a prisoner of pretenders while in office. Most tricycle drivers are not even registered voters in the city or are not qualified voters and Mayor Climaco has been guided by the Almighty to know this difference.Table Talk always believe that there will be no “corrupt politicians if there are no corrupt voters”.

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But election tradition has been totally changed in Zamboanga City. Gone were the days, when city voters are more interested in the qualification and qualities of candidates, like those times of the late city mayor Joaquin Enriquez Jr., late city mayor Cesar C. Climaco and former City Mayor Vinnie Atilano,(who is still a living witness to this revelation). Those were the times when campaign expenses were for operation, campaign materials, allowances of people in the field and polling places during the election and a little budget for campaign expenses given to Barrio Captains now Barangay Chairmen, but never to buy votes directly. Candidates’ leaders are as honorable and respected as the candidate themselves. This era is gone and extinct and gave birth to “money election” and those candidates without money are laughing stock in the campaign trail labeled as “Kuripot” by voters and that is the “kiss of death” of candidates.

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Some religious groups, associations, organizations, brotherhood and fraternities in the Philippines have learned the dirty trade of modern politics. What is worse and very bad is when you invoke the name of God in vain for your group’s personal gain. Many times they lie because their loyalty shifts from one candidate to the other like going into a fishing expedition.This is a phenomenon because in the “golden years” of Philippine politics, it was the candidates who courts and convinces those groups and visit them personally. Unlike today, when it is the reverse from those good old times because groups of all sorts sometimes imaginary, approach a candidate and show all sorts of voters list claiming them to be their followers for a thousand reason. What is worst is, sometimes some academe officers, supposed to be the example of decency, culture and good behavior, are part of the chicanery of illiterates.

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Mayor “Beng Climaco-Salazar has now started a political revolution for change in the city by warning tricycle drivers  who have always been considered “untouchables” during election by city officials. Is this for real? For strict implementation? And will her political allies join her in this honorable quest? This is one executive pronouncement that the city should monitor, because if successful, it is the fist step to a political reformation in the city and will be a legend for Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar.

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Scoop:”If you chose to fight alone, be like a seed and when you fall to the ground, grow like a tree and fight again”. We have enough of a knight like Don Quixote and his loyal horse Sancho Pansa, who charged and attacked a windmill. We have enough of fiction, let us for once get real and be sane leaders and not act like a blind leading the blind. Agree or disagree my personal observation.