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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:37

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

These few days are the last stretch of the campaign period into election day. Most if not all voters have already decided or chosen whom to vote and no amount of “black propaganda” or “demolition job” will change those beliefs and decisions except for the few voters who are “fickle minded” and weak in character that can be swayed to change their vote in “midstream”. Except also, the corrupt voters, who sell their votes wantonly and deliberately. But summing up the number of “fickle minded” and “corrupt “ voters, their voting force will have a very little effect on the outcome of election results. This has been proven in many past elections, where the wise voters still command the outcome of election results. Unless powerful and influential candidates employ, the principle of guns, gold and goons and terrorize the wise voters.

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Dedicated candidates who are serious in offering themselves for public service must utilize these last few days of campaign in informing the voters of their platform of government their qualifications and experiences, their response and plan to offer solutions on the prevailing problems of the city or community, instead of destroying their political opponents with all sorts of anomaly in a “black propaganda” or “demolition jobs”. They are sowing hatred and discontent, spreading lies and many times holding voters as hostages to their fantastic allegations. If a candidate wins as result of this “dirty tactic”, from bad to worse, they will start their term of public service the wrong way and prone to end in a corrupt governance.

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Table Talk’s experience in listening to candidates campaign sorties after many, many years as a voter, their political campaign speeches contained more destructive messages against their opponents and only a few candidates reveal and inform the voters of their qualifications and what they can do to improve our community. They rely on their leaflets and other campaign materials, which do not really serve its purpose. Many if not majority of our voters barely know how to read and most of those campaign leaflets end up as wrapping papers in a sari-sari store or a burner to start fire in their charcoal or wood stove, and in dismay end up as toilet paper in their crude “antipolo” type comfort rooms. This is the real situation in the rural area, where most of the solid votes are found. The wise voter prefers to listen to a candidate’s message of good news and not, “character assassination”.

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One issue that is seemingly of  “bad taste” is allegedly a candidate blames District 2 incumbent congress Representative Lilia Nuno, who is vying for re-election as “Moro” and MNLF sympathizer, arousing the sympathy of the Christians of District 2 to go against her re-election and dividing the loyalties of District 2 voters. The issue is not whether you are a “Moro” or not but what can you do to help your constituents. The Christians and Moros in Zamboanga City have been living in peace for many years and to divide and destroy that co-existence now, in effect is graver than the destructive MNLF siege, because the siege is now under control, but destroying a political opponent cannot be controlled, the ill effect will go on for years, which is anathema to society.

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Another issue is the controversial Masepla transitory site in Mampang. Incumbent Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar should not be blamed for the controversy but rather the city should be thankful for her untiring efforts to rehabilitate and shelter and feed the thousands of MNLF siege victims alone as a city official and some of her supporters. While the great many who are now blaming her were nowhere to be found when their presence were most needed. Most of those critics were safely away from the scene and in the safety of their homes. It is surprising why now, they are ganging up at Mayor Beng who stood her ground in the protection of her constituents. This is grossly unfair for Mayor Beng.

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Table Talk supports Mayor Beng Climaco and Vice-Mayor Cesar Itturalde all the way on this issue because they have started it right and we expect it to end at the advantages of the city government. The City of Zamboanga cannot anymore afford any disruption and obstruction on her way to progress lest we will end up at the mercy of bigots and hypocrites

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Scoop:”The difference between a politician and a statesman is: A politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation.”— James Freeman Clarke. Do you agree or disagree?

 

 
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