Issue of April 7, 2019
Mt. Province

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Candidates told: Run to serve public, not to make money
by Jane B. Cadalig

Those seeking for elective posts should be open to the fact that their pockets will suffer the most from their intentions.

Former councilor Edilberto Tenefrancia gave this advice to political candidates.

He made the remark in the context of today’s politics where a lot of candidates rely heavily on sponsors who would soon ask for favors from them when they are seated in office.

“If their motivation in getting into politics is to serve, candidates should be prepared to lose financially. If they are into business or their source of income is their profession, they should understand that they are taking a cut in their income as a result of running for office,” said Tenefrancia, a long-time and one of the highly respected Baguio politicians.

He said mature politicians are driven by their desire to serve the interest of the public, not their personal interests.

“It is wrong to use profit as motivation to run for public office. If you want to enter politics, you should be ready to make sacrifices,” said Tenefrancia, one of the city’s most respected politicians, a lawyer and educator in the Cordillera, and who co-authored  the “Politics of Unfinished Revolutions” with the late Atty. Benjamin R. Salvosa, who founded the Baguio Colleges Foundation, now the University of the Cordilleras.

Tenefrancia said that the golden era of politics so far is the time when politicians fully understood that public office means public service.

During his stint at the city council, Tenefrancia chaired the committee on education, a committee that is not considered by a lot as among the “juicy” ones. The committee is now assigned to Councilor Peter Fianza, who also chaired the committee since he became a legislator.

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