Mu­si­cal chairs in the Iloilo City Coun­cil

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion - “Di­ver­sity: the art of think­ing in­de­pen­dently to­gether.” –Mal­colm Forbes

The Iloilo City

Coun­cil play­ing mu­sic chairs, re­sult­ing in sev­eral al­lies of Iloilo City Mayor Jose

‘Joe III’ Espinosa III los­ing chair­man­ships, should not be con­sid­ered earth-shat­ter­ing.

With midterm elec­tions next year, the dis­cord among city of­fi­cials is nat­u­ral (to some ex­tent, nec­es­sary).

When two ele­phants are feud­ing, their un­der­lings must take sides and call for arms – a “Hob­son’s Choice.” When the art of po­lit­i­cal sur­vival is at play, no­body re­mains a spec­ta­tor; it’s how democ­racy works.

The act also dis­pels the wide­spread mis­con­cep­tion claim­ing the city coun­cil is a rub­ber stamp. When there is in­sur­rec­tion, that means free­dom of ex­pres­sion and free­dom of choice are alive and kick­ing. War­ring fac­tions in­di­cate di­verse view­points.


Claim­ing key po­lit­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties be­ing stripped of chair­man­ships (a.k.a. “re­or­ga­ni­za­tion”) was not tainted with pol­i­tics is baloney. Of course pol­i­tics was in­volved, with ma­jor po­lit­i­cal play­ers giv­ing prior no­tice about the plans. When any­body claims the mayor or Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas had no hand in it, tell them: “Tell it to the marines!”

De­spite City Coun­cilors Ed­uardo Peñare­dondo and R Leoni Ge­rochi los­ing the ma­jor­ity floor leader and as­sis­tant ma­jor­ity floor leader posts, re­spec­tively, they have noth­ing to worry about. With elec­tions seven months away, vot­ers will re­mem­ber their con­tri­bu­tions that ben­e­fited con­stituents and not whether they were ousted from a lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

“Sur­vival of the fittest”

English so­ci­ol­o­gist Her­bert Spencer coined the phrase “sur­vival of the fittest,” the process by which less-adap­tive or­gan­isms tend to per­ish as bet­ter-adap­tive or­gan­isms tend to sur­vive. In po­lit­i­cal com­bat, only those who are men­tally and emo­tion­ally fit sur­vive.

“Onion-skinned” char­ac­ters as­pir­ing for pub­lic of­fice can never sur­vive if they win; they self-de­struct when mem­bers of the press scru­ti­nize them. They be­gin to feel un­com­fort­able and, as a re­sult, de­velop an­i­mos­ity.

The press and char­ac­ters in pub­lic of­fice should work handin-hand for the na­tion build­ing.


There are more bac­te­ria and other harm­ful micro­organ­isms in the kitchen than around the toi­let, ac­cord­ing to health au­thor­i­ties.

A child who was sex­u­ally and emo­tion­ally abused will de­velop eat­ing dis­or­ders like bu­limia (mi­nus the coun­ter­vail­ing purg­ing be­hav­ior and com­pul­sive overeat­ing), ac­cord­ing to David M. Dunk­ley, a psy­chi­atric re­searcher and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at Mon­treal’s Jew­ish Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal./WDJ

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