Urban life and discipline

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


FILIPINOS often times resist change in what they do in their daily lives and would often contradict what is imposed by the fact of discipline. Many known persons have ran for elective offices and are the more qualified but they lose because they are set to impose discipline, order and control.

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These are the Filipinos who have dreamt of making this country great for once as many believe it has never been great before. Voters would opt for candidates who will dole out a hundred pesos or more in exchange for a three-year power in an elective position.

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Voters accept the money not because they really need it but many times many of them think that they could not ask help from those winning elective officials anyway. This is a sad state of our country and when this will end…maybe at the end of the world.

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There is the buyer of votes so there will eventually be sellers. And those candidates who want to be sure of winning must spend millions and millions to be in power. But some quarters asked why do these candidates really want to sit in government office? Is it really because they want to serve? Or is it because there are fortunes of personal opportunities that await an official? Who can give the answer it is only the candidate himself.

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Many people who migrate to the city from remote areas are thrown into a shocking experience. They forget that living in a city requires them to obey certain rules and laws which could be different from what they used to. Many carry their rural mentalities when they enter the city and usually their behavior breeds problems. Rural living means that neighbors could be in shouting distance, instead of just a whisper away when you live in the city.

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As people living in a community, everyone needs to know their rights, their duties and their obligations. They need to know the rules. They must obey the law, The Law of City Living.

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What is amusing and funny is that the leaders in government of urban cities tend to degrade themselves by adjusting to the rural and barriotic way of life. This then results to a very poor urban management of a city.

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This column greets Rotarian Eugene Gawat and Illa de Luzurriaga; Dr. Biboy Jocson and businessman Diotay Sy; incoming Rotary District Governor Jude Doctora; golfer Nene Tanpinco and Jake Dumapi; auto lover Renato Lacson and Jan Lopue; Mark Jimenez and Ridgee Ang; Gerard Noland and Argee Alonsabe of the Order of Asclepius.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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