Voters of the same feather has the same ‘likes’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2016 14:10

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Where is politics in Zamboanga City going? Will it be for the better? For real development? For unity? For peaceful co-existence? Or to curb criminality and economic sabotage? These are but  some of the questions that almost all people of Zamboanga City are asking and topics of discussion in almost any informal social gathering. They are expecting after the local elections a month from now a change will happen from a new set of city government officials or from the hands of victorious incumbents. Which way it will go, people are expecting changes.

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Table Talk is staying in an area known as the first subdivision in Zamboanga City, Suterville, that was founded in the early 50s and inhabited by mostly Christian families when the subdivision was still newly opened up to the late 70s. After Jolo, Sulu was burned, Suterville Subdivision sparsely inhabited during those times, businessmen and wealthy Joloanos bought residential lots in Suterville Subdivision, settled and built their new homes. Today, Suterville is dominated by majority Muslim, with at least least 3 Muslim mosques or maybe more. The subdivision is large per standard. To the east, it is bounded by big Baliwasan Barangay, to the west, it is bounded by Upper Calarian, to the North it is bounded by San Roque Barangay and to the South, bounded by Barangays Campo Islam and Lower Calarian. Person per persons, the four adjacent barangays have a combined equal population of  Christians and Muslims.

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What is a surprising is that in Suterville Subdivision alone, all kinds of residents with different vocations and professions and businesses (legal or illegal), are found. For that you can easily discern the residents, likes and dislikes and their choices in the many candidates offering their public services this coming election. Their choices are different but obvious. From there, you will note that voters with the same feather has the same likes.

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If you ask a Tausug resident whom to vote this coming local election, many of them would choose PNP General Mario B. Yanga, although a Christian, but they say that he has many relatives in Jolo, Sulu. If you ask the deeply religious Christians and Muslims and professionals and businessmen and the many jobless, their choice is incumbent Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco and a choice between incumbent Congressman Celso Lobregat and challenger Monsi Cris dela Crus for District 1 Congress seat.

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The many retired military people and government officials in Suterville are undecided but few of them choose General Yanga for city mayor and Congressman Lobregat for District 1 congressman. But, surprisingly, they have decided to vote for Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President and Senator Bong-Bong Marcos for vice president.Their choice is different but very obvious and firm in the national level of politics.

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An interesting information of election to gather are the choices of the many illegal businessmen in Suterville Subdivision like, smugglers, drug lords, warlords, influential out of town politicians and their sympathizers and followers. Almost everybody is aware of their existence in the subdivision but nobody knows them. Their votes and support count a lot in District 1 and they can even be a deciding factor if the margin of advantage by a winning candidate is negligible. Their candidates of choice are only known to a few but almost usually, their choice of candidates, are those with the same feather. And that is worth watching.

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Scoop: Take time to analyze this data Table Talk opened and you will know the pulse and choice of Suterville Subdivision, San Jose Gusu and the neighboring big barangays of Baliwasan, San Roque, Upper Calarian, Campo Islam and Lower Calarian which account for at least a cumulative total of 60,000 votes or more, in District 1. Agree or disagree, it is your choice.