City Hall is a snake pit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:50

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Observation by many concerned citizens to include some members of the media in last Monday’s poll campaign kick-off at City Hall revealed varying reactions and actuations by some eager beaver City Hall employees. Except for a few honorable and loyal City Hall employees, some City Hall employees obviously have shown their partisanship, either for incumbent Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar’s yellow team or Congressman’s Celso L. Lobregat’s red team. Both have occupied City Hall for a time as mayor,  but what makes City Hall a “snake pit”,is even their former appointees have changed loyalty, from red to yellow or from yellow to red, for one reason or another.

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It is understandable to change loyalty in an election, for, after all, in politics “there are no permanent friends, only interests” and this can be observed and done not only by political followers, but politicians themselves do it for their interest. It is an accepted political idea because in politics it is a “ dog eat dog” situation and those who cannot adopt and accept this fact will perish politically.

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What is in “bad taste” is when a follower who changes loyalty, has the gall to “back bite “ his former benefactor. It has happened during the campaign kick-off last Monday, when some disgruntled City Hall employees “bad mouthed” their former benefactors, even some candidates for the city council seeking re-election. This is absurd and preposterous. It is anathema to good governance.

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Sympathizers and followers of candidates are observed to be scornfully looking at their opponents’ followers, like “priming” for a boxing match, this is unhealthy in a campaign sortie. After all when everything settles down, even the losing candidates’ followers will be looking for new alliances, to have a place in our highly competitive government structure.

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City Hall is the symbol of the city’s authority and the bastion of equality. Public servants running the City Government operations must not rely on their political affiliation and expressed them blatantly, but rather “finesse” must be observed in dealing with candidates and their followers, because political future cannot be predicted like the weather. Even a fortune teller cannot predict the outcome of an election. Cheating the results of an election is possible, but it cannot be done all the time, so City Hall sycophants must not show the obvious this early and give the public the benefit of the doubt.

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Scoop: The best form of help is by “helping” and not talking. How many of our candidates are really helping others who need help and not only themselves? This is for the voters to find out. Agree or disagree.