A 15-0 vic­tory

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion -

Grupo Pro­greso, un­der the di­rec­tion of in­cum­bent Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, is bank­ing on a 15-0 vic­tory in the up­com­ing 2019 midterm elec­tions. Their pro­jec­tion could be­come a re­al­ity if there are no strong can­di­dates to put up a chal­lenge. At present, it would ap­pear no­body has de­clared their in­ten­tions to con­test the in­cum­bent.

A strong can­di­date with the right po­lit­i­cal ma­chin­ery (and re­sources) can win.

Ba­colod City Coun­cilor Ri­cardo Tan was ex­pected to be the stan­dard-bearer of the op­po­si­tion with his anti-graft and cor­rup­tion ad­vo­cacy. It was a sur­prise when he de­cided to back out of the race for mayor. What went wrong? What hap­pened?

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, the city of­fi­cial was emo­tional, an­nounc­ing he was quit­ting pol­i­tics and would not seek any po­si­tion in the up­com­ing polls. There must be a jus­ti­fi­able rea­son for the de­ci­sion, which only he knows. Although, with the con­tri­bu­tions he has al­ready made to the prov­ince, with his Cam­puesto­han High­land Re­sort in Tal­isay City, Tan does not need to hold pub­lic of­fice in or­der to serve the peo­ple.

Among other po­ten­tial can­di­dates, ru­mored as­pi­rant, Abang Lingkod partylist Rep. Stephen Pad­u­ano, said he was no longer in­ter­ested in the job; while for­mer Ba­colod City coun­cilor, Atty. Lyn­don Caña, has main­tained his si­lence on the mat­ter.

There is also word many for­mer city coun­cilors will be seek a po­si­tion on the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod (SP). Are these peo­ple not con­tent un­less they are in power again? There are plenty of qual­i­fied Ba­colod­nons, why are we re­cy­cling politi­cians? Sure, some city coun­cilors have a good track record, but there are also those who did not per­form, why put them back in of­fice?

City res­i­dents de­serve new faces in the SP (es­pe­cially ones who are not “trapo”). This is a first class city and it de­serves first class, in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tors. We need city coun­cilors with val­ues in mind, un­con­cerned with pan­der­ing to con­stituen­cies or pro­tect­ing vot­ing blocks.

An in­de­pen­dent vice mayor is also nec­es­sary.

Cur­rently, there is no sense that laws are be­ing prop­erly im­ple­mented. Traf­fic con­tin­ues to be a mess and it’s not an ab­sence of traf­fic en­forcers, its in­ef­fi­ciency.

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