Is the frenzy on votes recount over? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:53

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

If one follows the trend of information dissemination from the many sources being fed to television news, radio broadcast and Facebook messages, one could hardly get the real happening. The euphoria of interest shown by various groups with different interest and projection, gives us a confusing conclusion. Whom shall we believe? Almost all news and information claim that their source came from COMELEC, the sole government agency tasked to handle election affairs. Therefore “per se” all news feed are real and genuine, even if it has a different result. Which is which?

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The controversial lead of administration Vice-Presidential Candidate, Atty. Leni Robredo,  widow of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo against Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., only son of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, that has been recounted because of angry demands from the citizenry, especially, the Marcos supporters,has now been going on for over a week after the national elections. But no clearcut results — as to who won the vice-oresidential position—  has been publicly announced by the COMELEC or the Senate Election Tribunal, that handles election complaints. Because of the absence of a real decision from the government election body, it has brewed so many opinions and even imaginations concocting information to suit their interest of political groups, coming from the Marcos and Robredo camps. If we read and believe those information, both Bong-Bong Marcos and Leni Robredo won the vice-presidency.

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One confusing national newspaper headline read “ Marcos leads in recount but Leni is winner”. We have not read the full story of the banner news, but, judging from the headline, both of them won the election after the recount. In our Facebook account of downloaded messages, one message says that Bong-Bong Marcos won, leading with so much thousands of votes and another FB message also says that Leni Robredo won, also leading, with so much thousand votes. whom shall we believe? Unless the COMELEC or the Senate Election Tribunal will go public as to who won the vice presidential race  after the recount, the false information and morale bolstering of the Marcos and Robredo supporters will continue to happen in our midst. This is dangerous and alarming because we have conditioned the minds of our readers, to a point that they won’t anymore believe anything.

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Honestly, Table Talk voted for Bong-Bong Marcos for vice-president last election. Not for anything else but purely on the belief, that Bong-Bong Marcos, although he is his father’s son, he is a different individual. Bong-Bong admitted that and has never denied it. Table Talk was already a college student when Martial Law was declared in the country and as a student leader, I also led some student demonstrations. Table Talk and some of my colleagues were herded to Southcom by MIG commander the late Col. Quirante (who disappeared allegedly in the high seas off Sulu)  for some questioning and possibly be detained. In my younger days I hated the late President Marcos for it but Table Talk has to move on and the rest is history. I graduated in 1972 during Martial Law, and was not able to attend the graduation ceremonies and accept my three gold medals of “Outstanding Student “ “ Scholastic Award” and “Academic Excellence Award”. I was only able to have these medals after many years working with Zamboanga Coca-Cola Plant, my first job just after graduation, because the manager, Mr. Eduardo Velayo, called me personally and offered me the job as a salesman.  Thanks to my Alma Mater, the former Zamboanga A.E. Colleges, for keeping my awards intact until I got them after several years kept in the school cabinet.

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Man has to move on after experiencing the “ups and downs” of life. Especially if your life is like Table Talk, orphaned by both parents in a plane crash before Martial Law. After many years of experience in a multinational company,  Table Talk came to realize that what we were fighting for in the streets can be taken diplomatically without being a radical. My friend Edgar Jopson (Edjop) from Manila, also a student leader, refused to move on and instead went underground and joined the movement, After several years, he was brutally murdered in his apartment somewhere in Davao City during those dark days. We both came and called the sons of the “Fourth Quarter Storm”.

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I am now a senior citizen and I have a new outlook in life. My grandchildren are the fruits of reformation. I see in Senator Bong-Bong Marcos the will to move on, after his father’s misadventures. Why should we deny him that will to reform? Afterall, the proper authorities created by the government to run after the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Bong-Bong Marcos’ father did not produce anything. Why blame the son for his father’s alleged guilt? Many say that Martial Law will be back if Senator Marcos is in the helm of power. Martial Law was declared because someone from the citizenry wanted to take the country for his end and the responsibility to protect and preserve our nation is placed in the hands of the President that we elected. Radicalism can be expressed both ways.

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Scoop: I hope that this election result brouhaha will be over, so the time to heal and rebuild will start. “ The beauty of life is...while we cannot undo, what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it, so that any new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love”. Beautiful message from friend Jess Burnos. You may agree or disagree.

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