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Monday, November 4, 2013
MASSKARA 2013 is already history. So is All Saints’ Day. And Bacolod City’s Indian community of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains are celebrating Diwali, the Indian “Festival of Lights.”
The Diwali Festival honors Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of wealth and prosperity, as characterized by the array of lights, thus called “Festival of Lights” symbolizing the victory of righteousness by lifting the powers of darkness.
Fine. But there seems to be something missing in Bacolod City.
And that’s The Promise. Sang Tracy Chapman, “If you wait for me/then I'll come for you/Although I've traveled far/I always hold a place for you in my heart.”
But here in Bacolod, “I wait for you/then I’ve come for you/ I’ve traveled far/I always hold a place to listen what you have to say in your heart.”
I held in check this column to hear Mayor Monico Puentevella’s official report on his first 100 days before the members of the city council right after the MassKara celebration.
Puentevella said his report will have to wait. Because of the MassKara celebration, everybody was busy and the people’s attention focused on the festivity. But so far, nothing.
For all indications, Diwali might overtake his promise on this performance report. “But I think, there have been satisfactory changes that we were able to make,” insisted the Mayor.
Really? Like, what changes? The gridlock in Ramos that has bedeviled commuters during rush hours?
Or the apprehension of drivers who violated Republic Act 10586 during the MassKara festivities, the law that punishes persons driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, which supposedly took effect on September 21?
Unless Google failed me, I have yet to read from our local dailies how law enforcers caught drivers driving under the influence.
It’s as if all of a sudden, Bacoleños forswore hard liquor and even beer when driving their cars. Unbelievable, especially during the MassKara, that celebration was noted – or notorious – for drunken revelry.
Puentevella congratulated the members of the police force, the traffic enforcers, the employees of the city government and the different sectors for being part of the success of his first 100 days.
Well, they have been there before. Any Mayor could claim to accomplish what these civil servants have done. I would daresay that they could do their jobs even with their eyes closed.
The Mayor said in early October that Bacoleños should judge his first 100 days performance, lest it would be self-serving if he rates himself.
All I can say is, let him toot his horn and trot out his bragging rights.
That’s what Presidents do in their State of the Nation Addresses.
However, if Mayor Puentevella fails to show us what he has done since he took the reins of the local executive, he might run out of holidays to justify his procrastination.
Because he may not have anything of substance to report to his constituents.
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Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 04, 2013.