The guns drawn, dirt-throwing on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:07

The guns drawn, dirt-throwing on

BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — Believe it or not, we have reached the final countdown of the campaign. Mr. Celso L. Lobregat and his beefy disciples in blazing Rojo have started a political dogfight based on issues to demolish an extraordinary (wonder) woman who has efficiently and efficaciously navigated our ship. Mayor Ma. Isabel G. Climaco-Salazar’s rise to stardom wasn’t meteoric as she passed through multiple stages before reaching the peak of her destined career. She, like Mr. Lobregat, has become unstoppable.

Stealthily they come, throwing everything at her — from alleged secret deals to questionable and highly-suspicious negotiated contracts with eye-popping costs. But she has been able to dodge the bullets rained on her by some dejected Rojos desperately wanting to be in the winning column.

The Rojos and the Amarillos have a tough schedule to follow. There will be rough roads to trek, television interviews, maybe a public debate, special public appearances and nightly rallies in dimly lit waterless barrios, reminding them how bleak the city has become. There will be more non-stop attempts to tease each other on the road and controversial accusations and counter-accusations of dishonesty. More especially, the cryptic, disputable secrets kept from the public all these years will be maliciously exposed by pontifical individuals to ruin the name of famous families.

As perceived, both Lobregat and Climaco-Salazar will take all the oxygen out of their rivals. That’s for sure. (And will the media stop giving the opposition false hopes?) Celso and Beng have it locked. The margins of victory are the only thing that matters. Ask anybody, even the opposition, and they will tell you the lady is a sure-fire. Majority of those I’ve spoken say that she’ll not only reggae to the polls but also crush her opponents like tomatoes.

Celso’s and Beng’s gift is their closeness to the Fil-Chi businessmen who dictate the course of economics and commerce in Zamboanga. Both are closely aligned with the military and police which is a good thing for law and order. Both possess the politician’s temperament — tough.

In his younger years, Celso would hang out in clubs and bars with few of his friends (still few now). He’d sometimes go dancing and show off his singing prowess (he’s got talent) after a glass of rum-coke and 10 sticks of Marlboros smoked in succession. He always said that he was his own man and never had to depend on his mother’s prowess and political savvy.

Mrs. Climaco-Salazar has a tougher chore. Following the footsteps of Mr. Lobregat as agent of progress is difficult. She will have to find a better, more aggressive way to distinguish herself from her immediate predecessor. People always hanker for change, for something different. Luckily for her, KCC Mall de Zambo came at a most appropriate time — when Zamboanga was still recuperating from economic devastation caused by the September 2013 bloody siege. If she successfully walks her way to victory, she will be harder to defeat in 2019, not even by an energetic candidate like Mr. Lobregat.

In the west, Mr. Lobregat’s run is a little bit threatened by a surging Monsi dela Cruz, once a disciple of Jesus, now a servant-leader. He has challenged Mr. Lobregat twice before using a noisy group that is getting noisier by the day.

As the heading goes, the guns are drawn and the dirt-throwing is on. This mudslinging, dirt-pitching, name-calling, accusations of dishonesty, mischievous radio comments and slanderous remarks at one another are misanthropic behaviors of highly-schooled people looking for a three-year financially-rewarding employment. These personal attacks are condescending gestures by mouth and print that do nothing good to Zamboanga. These rambling speeches and aggravating press releases, no matter how itemized and discernible to the public, fired away by progressive politicians divide a people already breathing disgust at the way the candidates conduct themselves. As Harry S. Truman said, “I believe in the unity of free men... in the unity of great causes.”

Celso and Beng were once friends, allies, bro and sis, but imprudently led by their mutual and common friends to revolt against each other. To what end, or interests? Oh, fortune, fortune. How people squabble in thy name!