KP’s Li­hok Su­porta

Sun.Star Cebu - - OPINION - ANOL MONGAYA @anol_cebu in twit­ter

What im­pressed me about that proDuterte rally the other Satur­day at the Plaza In­de­pen­den­cia was the sight of sev­eral thou­sands of or­di­nary folks unfazed by the rain. The last time I saw such kind of com­mit­ment to a rally’s cause was more than 30 years ago dur­ing my cause-ori­ented days.

When Doris (she is the KP Visayas lead con­venor) told me Kilu­sang Pag­babago will push through with the Li­hok Su­porta rally rain or shine, I nod­ded and smiled. But I had my fin­gers crossed. I ad­mired the wife’s con­fi­dence in the KP mem­ber­ship. Still I thought, “Good luck, Dors.” The sight when I climbed up the stage at the Plaza sur­prised me. It was awe­some. Be­yond the huge tent cov­er­ing the stage were a mass of um­brel­las. The huge crowd heeded the call to bring their own um­brel­las. The rain was no mere driz­zle. Mak­abasa gyud. But they stood there de­spite the rain.

Friends from the anti-Duterte side of the fence ob­vi­ously did not be­lieve that a rally ex­press­ing sup­port for Pres­i­dent Duterte could muster such kind of com­mit­ted mass. They would rather share around an er­ro­neous es­ti­mate of a mere 1,000 writ­ten by a newbie re­porter de­spite all the pic­tures posted on­line show­ing the mas­sive turnout.

Since the re­turn of tra­di­tional pol­i­tics, the turnout of po­lit­i­cal ral­lies is de­ter­mined by how much the or­ga­nizer has for snacks and fare. But not that Li­hok Su­porta crowd. The call was BYOP – bring your own pro­vi­sion mean­ing pagkaon, plete ug pay­ong.

Iron­i­cally, a fake news site used that 1,000 fig­ure to de­scribe the rally as pro-Duterte. Nag­paila gyud mo tits.

Why was such a turnout of com­mit­ted folks pos­si­ble? Per­haps, the lead­ers and or­ga­niz­ers ab­sorbed well the com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment and or­ga­niz­ing lessons taught by Fr. Ed dela Torre, a fel­low rebel priest and later po­lit­i­cal de­tainee dur­ing the Mar­cos days along with then Fr. Jun Evasco.

Or could it be be­cause of par­tic­i­pa­tory gov­er­nance that Kilu­sang Pag­babago has pur­sued? Ini­tial re­sults of par­tic­i­pa­tory gov­er­nance were the turnover of hun­dreds of Tesda schol­ar­ships and sev­eral fiber­glass mo­tor­boats from BFAR dur­ing the rally. CabSec Evasco called it “Biyaya ng Pag­babago.” I have the im­pres­sion that there will be much more es­pe­cially when the Kilu­sang Pag­babago and par­tic­i­pa­tory gov­er­nance were made part of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan 2017.

Is this a false prom­ise as in­sin­u­ated by fac­to­tums who don’t do due dili­gence? Kuyaw ma­mumo ang mosakay dayon. Hmmm.

I posted in the Face­book group Maghis­got Kitag Poli­tika Bay a video of the speech of Cabsec Evasco that dis­cussed the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s di­rec­tion to im­ple­ment pro-poor projects at the grass­roots through the Kilu­sang Pag­babago. This was posted as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter the rally. I sug­gest that sup­port­ers, de­trac­tors, and mere ob­servers alike should watch and lis­ten. Note that this is the cab­i­net sec­re­tary him­self, which I’m afraid a mere Visayas un­der­ling is try­ing to un­der­mine.

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