Some people are congenital incorrigible PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:57

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

The city government of Zamboanga and its agencies have long been complaining of undisciplined incorrigible residents, from proper waste disposal, orderly traffic, ambulant vendors, discourteous drivers and political supporters to paid campaigners. As soon as the campaign period for the coming election is declared, the City of Zamboanga is an eyesore as a result of campaign materials of all sizes and colors pasted and posted in almost all vacant public and private spaces. The Commission on Elections (Comelec), months ahead before the campaign period,started already pinpointing areas where campaign materials and posters are allowed to be displayed, but this lawful order has fallen on deaf ears. Every election period, the whole city is a mess, littered with campaign materials on walls of buildings, fences, street islands, public plazas, barangay centers and worst, heaps of household garbage are thrown in many city streets. Our garbage collectors cannot anymore cope up with their daily garbage collection, because incorrigible citizens disposed their garbage indiscriminately anywhere in the city.

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On the problem of campaign materials, there is no one to blame but candidates and politicians and their supporters and financiers for not giving proper instructions to their people , following Comelec rules on postering. Most candidates leave their sympathizers to do their thing, because they believe that it is to their advantage to have more mileage in publicity. What is aggravating is when local candidates are the coordinators of national candidates. They willfully break the law when posting their national candidates’ campaign materials. And worse, candidates themselves instruct their people where to posts these campaign materials. And much worst is when  candidates sometimes go with their people emboldening them to violate Comelec rules. Adding insult to injury for the government, candidates find time to record their misdeed in pictures and unloading them in their Facebook account like an innocent teenager who wants to impress someone.

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Candidates must be the example of an ideal law-abiding citizen, but to break the law for a candidate’s interest is an act inimical to public order and comparable to the crime of corruption for taking advantage of their status in the community. Besides candidates are expected to know more of the law and their responsibility as leaders. How can a candidate preach to embrace peace by following the law when he is the violator? Gone are the days when leaders have always believed in the notion of “follow what I say but don’t follow what I do”, because not all citizens in Zamboanga belong to the past, and many are now enlightened, except for the few who are incorrigible “suckers”.

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The City of Zamboanga is over burdened with social problems and most violators are those who know the law. For a knowledgeable individual who offers himself to the public for a position of trust, the disadvantage far outweighs the advantage, if he is given the people’s trust to lead them. Zamboanga City is not a “kingdom of the blind, where the one eyed is the king”

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Intelligent voters of the city are the only hope for the city to move forward. They should not be convinced by the wrong concept of many political carpetbaggers who always believe in the notion of “sell your votes to candidates because if they win and sit in power, they will anyway steal the people’s money”. At face value, it might be true, and what will happen next? When the city will remain stagnant in development and prosperity, those who sold their votes are the conspirators in the evil scheme and have no right to complain against the local government. Because, “your reap what you sow” and you have sold your future.

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Scoop: A laborer and a friend once confided to Table Talk —  I need money since I don’t earn much, it is only during election that I can buy many things for my family when I sell my votes. Table Talk answered: You maybe right but that is only for one day but for the whole three years you will remain earning as a laborer because the man who bought your votes is not only your right to be equal with those more fortunate than you, because everybody has only one vote. you did not give a chance for change. He said. What shall I do ? I said it is better for you and your family to go hungry for one day, than be hungry everyday until the next election. Can I accept the money but vote for my choice? I said that is your decision that nobody can stop, but remember, credibility and trust are more than the best food that money can buy. You are right food sustains life but credibility and trust is life itself. You may agree or disagree.