Editorial: Credit-grabbers, Indeed-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
GONE are the days when our political leaders would make a privileged speech, and only when there is legislative and/or executive necessity for doing so, and only for pressing issues affecting the public welfare and interest.
And gone are the days, likewise, when politicians, both local and national, would come up with acts and measures without an imperative itch and urge to attach their names to whatever projects they have initiated for the benefit of their constituents?
What is happening in Bacolod City is a stark contrast of our present-day leaders vis-à-vis their counterparts of long ago.
The saga over the establishment of the Philippine Regulation Commission satellite office in Bacolod should cast some substantial shame on those who grab the credits for its creation.
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, although not moving heaven and hell to defend his stance, should leave it to neophyte Councilor Carl Lopez on the latter’s disputable claim over the PRC satellite office establishment.
With his stature and the heights he had reached in politics, Mayor Newks should just instead give Lopez a candid meaningful smile, or could be a smirk if he wishes over this brouhaha, considering the fact that for all political intents and purposes, Lopez could be dreaming for a higher political post, and he might need all these credits to his name. Who knows?
The mayor, for his part, may be losing more than he would win (political mileage wise) if he settles into this petty credit-grabbing with the councilor. A veteran politician that he is, he should know when to strike and who to strike at.
For Lopez, he could lose fuel this early in his political career, if he struts his kind of not-so-mature ware.
For both the mayor and the councilor, they must realize that the public doesn’t deserve this kind of political quarrel over a credit-grabbing thing.
The Bacolodnons need a higher level of political maturity from their leaders.
If they don’t shut up now, they will just prove the public correct.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 17, 2013.