May 14: An­other na­tional lib­er­a­tion?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

At last, there will be no third post­pone­ment of the longde­layed barangay elec­tions. It is now cer­tain that it will be held this com­ing May 14. But un­like the pre­vi­ous ones, this com­ing grass-root ex­er­cise of suf­frage is be­ing staged un­der an ad­min­is­tra­tion with Po­lit­i­cal Will to uti­lize the vast power of the Pres­i­dency to trans­form the Philip­pines into a pro­gres­sive, peace­ful, self-re­liant and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety wor­thy of the re­spect of the com­mu­nity of na­tions. In­deed, the en­tire re­sources of the na­tion are be­ing put at stake to­wards this end.

True enough, the on-go­ing na­tion­wide con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­tures, the es­tab­lish­ment of new in­dus­tries and the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing ones funded by lo­cal and for­eign in­vestors, the in­creas­ing tourist ar­rivals, the suc­cess­ful fight against ter­ror­ism and crim­i­nal­i­ties, the cam­paign against il­lit­er­acy thru free ac­cess in stated-owned col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties and the pro­gram to help meet the ba­sic needs of the poor thru fi­nan­cial sub­sidy at­test to this unre- lent­ing po­lit­i­cal will. This is a con­tin­u­ing en­terpr i se.

Yet, the fruits of these de­vel­op­ments ef­forts will only be en­joyed by the coun­try­side folks and ur­ban poor com­mu­ni­ties if those at the helm of the barangay gov­ern­ment are im­bued with the req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions to dis­charge the role of the barangay as ba­sic part­ner of gov­ern­ment in na­tion build­ing. This col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship is par­tic­u­larly com­pelling in the at­tain­ment of sus­tain­able peace, food pro­duc­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal en­hance­ment, liveli­hood gen­er­a­tion as well so­cio­civic aware­ness within the com­mu­nity, among oth­ers. Ad­mit­tedly, such barangay-as­signed tasks can only be sus­tain­ably achieved through the dy­nam­ics of a com­pe­tent, ded­i­cated and up­right kind of lead­er­ship. This is the miss­ing link in har­ness­ing the po­ten­tials of barangays to en­able them to ful­fill their as­signed role.

Of course, the po­lit­i­cal as­cen­dancy of these in­dis­pens­able qual­i­ties is not easy. For the vices of tra­di­tional pol­i­tics still spoil the true spirit and sa­cred end of the right of suf­frage, most es­pe­cially the evil of vote-buy­ing. In fact, this is the main rea­son why qual­i­fied and con­cerned con­stituents are dis­suaded from seek­ing elec­tive po­si­tions in their barangay. This is sad­den­ing but not hope­lessly in­ca­pable of be­ing over­come in due time when our very sur­vival as a peo­ple and as a na­tion is at stake. The Filipinos have that his­tory of over­tak­ing their weak­ness.

Our re­siliency and in­nate pa­tri­o­tism as a race has been put into test many a time in the past. It must be re­called, that our fore­bears, with in­fe­rior arms, fought bet­ter-armed for­eign in­vaders and col­o­niz­ers. As a con­se­quence, many Filipinos fell in the bat­tle­field. But ul­ti­mately, they emerged vic­to­ri­ous to keep this Pearl of the Ori­ent Seas in­tact and free for the com­ing gen­er­a­tion of Filipinos to en­joy as right­ful own­ers. These heroic deeds self­lessly spear­headed by our Katipunero­sis the hall­mark of the Filipinos’strug­gle for na­tional lib­er­a­tion.

To­day, the Filipino peo­ple are faced with an­other kind of chal­lenge, which, if pa­tri­ot­i­cally con­fronted will surely trans­form into a na­tional lib­er­a­tion. That chal­lenge is to re­sist the seem­ingly blind­ing but short-lived per­sonal con­ve­nience of­fered by blood money. And the ef­fec­tive way to van­quish this ma­lig­nant dis­ease of our elec­toral sys­tem is to keep in our heart the en­dur­ing well-be­ing of fam­ily and com­mu­nity over the fleet­ing sat­is­fac­tion of self­ish in­ter­est of­fered by blood money. This is your money any­way given back as rebate in ex­change for con­tin­u­ing loot by the vul­tures.

If this is done, cou­pled with the em­pow­er­ment elec­tion of com­pe­tent and ded­i­cated can­di­dates, May 14, might as well be reck­oned with as a Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion— a po­lit­i­cal oa­sis that will pro­pel the long over-due growth and progress in our barangays.

SE­NIORS’ COR­NER

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