Issue of October 7, 2018
Mt. Province

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Addicted to power

Just like some famous athletes who do not know when to retire (think the late great Muhammad Ali), many local and national politicians also seem not to know when their time is up in supposedly serving the public (or is it themselves and their families)? Some of these leaders who have been in elective positions for decades must already be addicted to the trappings and perks of power that they refuse to accept that they no longer are assets but liabilities in office. They and their alipores have been blinded by greed.

Maybe these ageing, sickly, and kapit-tuko politicians think that they are the only ones who have the answers to the nation’s or their locality’s problems. Some even pretend to seek the opinions and suggestions of others only to discard these to the nabubulok trash bin. These over-staying “holier-than-thou” leaders think that we are all gullible and born yesterday. Maybe we are.

The last time this near-sighted Ibaloy writer checked, our beautiful nation of political dynasties and all kinds of lords is still a democracy (crazy)? So we can only blame ourselves on who we elect into office. Will it be the same old names and faces all over again? Haven’t we had enough? Maybe the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was right – stupid is forever.

FYI: Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he will ask the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Betty Fangasan to coordinate with SM City Baguio management to allow local senior citizens to watch blockbuster movies for free.

Domogan said he has received reports that SM only allows senior citizens to watch regular movies for free and not those that are certified blockbusters.

For the past several years, SM cinemas have been allowing elders to watch movies free of charge every Tuesday during the first full showing as long as they present a valid Baguio senior citizen ID card from the CSWDO.

The free movie showing is pursuant to a city council resolution as an added benefit to the city’s elders. Senior citizens are also given discounts on food, medicines, transportation and others as part of their privilege.

The mayor emphasized that he is thankful to SM City Baguio and stressed that the company should be commended for the free movie showing that many of the city’s senior citizens are enjoying.

Domogan pointed out that maybe SM City Baguio can also include blockbusters to the movies that senior citizens can watch for free to add to their enjoyment in their twilight years.

However, CSWDO’s Coralie Dulnuan explained that the mall does allow senior citizens to watch blockbuster movies for free but only on later days or weeks when the crowds trooping to watch the hit movies are not that large anymore.

This was confirmed by SM City Baguio’s Assistant Operations Manager Denise Peralta who stressed that they allow senior citizens with valid IDs to watch blockbuster movies for free but usually on the second week of showing. Cheers!

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Fiona Quinn and every last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. for “City Hall Hour” aired over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas and Big FM. In this nation of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, it’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Flower” by Rabindranath Tagore: “Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it/

droop and drop into the dust. /I may not find a place in thy garland, but honor it with a touch of/pain from thy hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am/aware, and the time of offering go by./

Though its color be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower/in thy service and pluck it while there is time.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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