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No talk, no mistake

It seems to this near-sighted Ibaloy writer that several honorable senatoriables are firm believers in the adage of “Less talk, less mistake. No talk, no mistake.” They allegedly refuse to join any debates for fear that they might say something that would jeopardize their already “sure win” stance (according to them and their sycophants) in the coming midterm elections. That is assuming, of course, that they have anything to say on issues affecting the Filipino people other than becoming members of the Senate’s “committee on silence” should they win a coveted seat.

Lest we be accused of being naïve, we are well aware that the main priority is to actually win first and if they achieve this by avoiding debates and relying solely on their popularity and name-recall, then so be it. The sad reality is that most Filipinos still vote based on the candidate’s popularity, name-recall including dancing, singing, and comedic abilities than on issues or platform. This has been the case for many elections now. We truly deserve the leaders we elect into office. How sad.

The cowardly candidates’ refusal to debate deprives voters of knowing their stand on issues and what measures they intend to author when they get there. It’s the Filipino voters who lose, one way or the other. And to think that what senators mostly do in Congress is to debate on the merits of proposed bills and other measures. Ironic, isn’t it?

FYI: The Commission on Human Rights regional office in cooperation with the city government through the city human rights action team and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will conduct a monitoring and continuing capacity building training on human rights on April 2 to 3, at the City Hall multipurpose hall.

CHR-Cordillera Director Romel Daguimol said the event aims to evolve and sustain a culture of human rights which he defines as the supreme, inherent and inalienable rights to life, dignity and self-development, and it is the essence of these rights that makes man human.

CHR Information Officer Aloy Igopen said target participants are around 40 human rights action officers from different barangays in the city who were also requested for copies of their barangay resolutions establishing their human rights action center and creating their human rights action team.

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” over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas, and Big FM.

Here’s “Firesong” by Sylvia Plath: “Born green we were/ to this flawed garden,/ but in speckled thickets, warted as a toad,/ spitefully skulks our warden,/ fixing his snare/ which hauls down buck, cock, trout, till all most fair/ is tricked to faulter in split blood./ Now our whole task’s to hack/ some angel-shape worth wearing/ from his crabbed midden where all’s wrought so awry/ that no straight inquiring/

could unlock/ shrewd catch silting our each bright act back/ to unmade mud cloaked by sour sky./ Sweet salts warped stem/ of weeds we tackle towards way’s rank ending;/ scorched by red sun/ we heft globed flint, racked in veins’ barbed bindings;/ brave love, dream/ not of staunching such strict flame, but come,/ lean to my wound; burn on, burn on.”>

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

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