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Gird up for polarized mode

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 31, 2013 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

Happy Easter Sunday! This Holy Week indeed gives us good soul-searching time. We’ve attuned ourselves, communed and found demarcation between good and bad. But tomorrow, Monday is expected to be much different. March 29 is supposed to be the official start of campaign for local candidates. But we give way for the Holy Week. Monday is the big-bang start of local candidates, although I’ve seen many already posting their campaign materials in the Facebook last Good Friday.


Surely, we’ll be in for a polarized mode in areas where elective posts are under competitions. Good for most of the top slots for a-gunning in Davao City, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley as reelectionist incumbents have no rivals. That except for Mylene Garcia vs. Joji Ilagan in the 2nd district’s congressional post in the city. The rest has no opponents- Davao City Mayor-incoming Rody Duterte, Davao del Norte Gov. Dolfo del Rosario, Compostela Valley Gov. Chiongkee Uy, and their respective reelectionist congressmen, except DavNor District 2 Cong. Anthony “AGR” del Rosario, who is rivaled by Atty. Emmanuel A. “Saboy” Mahipus from Asuncion town. In Region XI, Davao del Sur shows to be always different. Its politics is always a powderkeg, as the Cagases and Bautistas continue their intense political rivalry. As a result, their political allies in the municipalities will also tangle in hotly contested electoral battles.

Davao Del Norte has only Tagum City and Sto. Tomas while Comval has Montevista, Compostela, Maco and Pantukan towns where the mayoral post is vied for by two to four candidates. Don’t count out the post of the konsehal, the councilor as not a harbinger of electoral polarization. Include also the post of the vice mayor and the board members. We’d seen many bets on the same slate before junking their partymates. All for winning’s sake. For a governor’s son or daughter endorsed for “Vote for 1” in the last hour to be No. 1 in the winning circle, so that he or she can become the senior board member or senior councilor, and preside the sanggunian if the vice governor or vice mayor is absent.

They, lesser candidates, better watch the kingpin’s last move out. Even without the bet for mayor or governor being opposed, election in the country is ever spirited and still not a dull affair. The kingpin is the puppets’ master, after all. Unless the administration’s slate is completely unopposed, sans even a nuisance candidate, we can be sure there’s polarization to occur between and among candidates, followers, voters and the public in the coming days.

We’ll gird up for a polarization stemming from our preference to candidates, who’s good or who’s bad, from the issues and mud that are thrown at them, the image they project, the quality of performance and public service they rendered, the values and principles they stood for, and real lives they showed to the public, before we cast our dear votes on the coming May 13 polls.

TAGS & HASHES: The blog site is no longer in the net. I lost my huge database relating small mining. Lesson learned: Always back up through draft or sent back in email. This sort of deja vu to Friendster before Facebook outwit it…. If congresswomanable Joji Ilagan can see it, there’s a cluster of six informal subdivisions around San Miguel Parish, Km. 14, Panacan that has been reeling from long-time governmental neglect for its so bad, rough roads. The woman “developer”, a Community Mortgage Program (CMP) originator is only good at collecting processing fees at a hefty sum of more than P14,000 from each of the urban poor beneficiaries and continue to close her eyes to the bad roads leading to the housing projects she originated before. There are more than 10,000 people there long affected by bad roads. I am one of them. Promise a P1 million budget allocation per year from your pork barrel for the roads there, and I know Joji will win this time around (For reactions, e-mail: