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All In Good Time
Friday, February 15, 2013
DESPITE having different schedules, not to mention all being hectic, we were able to squeeze in a movie in the company of my mom. While my dad was in a meeting, we went to the cinema but didn't know what to watch.
Since time wasn't on our side, we just decided to see the movie that would suit our sched. We didn't expect much until we got to our seats. It was an eye opener to us. We least expected to enjoy the movie, we just wanted to bide time or take a break. It's about a few guys who were selected by the chief of police to rid the city of crime. Yes I know you will say that there are many of the same story line, Batman the caped crusader or some vigilantes want to do the same.
I was actually captivated (yes, I watched instead of sleep) by the movie that it made me admire all those who wish to serve the public in a manner that they instill "good" to the community. In this case, it was a movie that made me want to serve, and the reason why I served. I do recall the Bishop telling that seeking public office is an important gesture because he believes that the reason why evil prevails is because good men fail to do anything about it.
While it came from the Bishop, it did have an impact on me. It surely made me want me to do something about it. Road diggings and infra wasn't my forte. I prioritized the molding and setting of a direction for the young over all others. It was war against any form of gambling, legal and most definitely illegal. I said NO to PCSO and Pagcor. The rehab of the Children's Playground was enough infra for me at that time. Maybe a curfew for minors and a Smoking Ordinance, plus passage of the Children's Code, was what mattered most to me. But don't get me wrong here, allow me to just state that while elections will soon be coming along, please take some time to choose from those aspiring for office, someone who can do something that can effect some change for the city.
I was sued by the mall giant for my refusal to allow them to build; the case was then dismissed. Despite also having a judge with a different opinion on gambling in the city, I did not relent in making sure that it would not push through. We pushed for making the city a Character City. It can be done. Go for men who can. Not those who just say so. There are still a few good men out there. I will apologize for I have turned my back away from it all. Did I surrender? Did I disappoint the people for not wanting to continue on? Did I turn my back away from it all? Yes! I did surrender to the Lord; I will serve in other ways. Secondly, I realized that I couldn't do it alone, I didn't have the support from those in government (city council), a few more on my side would have mattered, but who says that you can only serve if you win. Thirdly, I was told by my dad "if you can't take it, leave." And leave I did. I have vowed though to continue serving in a different way. It's not the road diggings or infra projects that will show evidence of one's mark. It is CHARACTER.
I may have weaknesses but I knew I had principles that kept me going. It's not about me this time; it's about YOU the people, who will be given the chance to choose those few good men who can also leave their own mark. The movie I just watched was proof that indeed, it can be done, even with just a few good men. While we get this chance to be the "judge" in this coming election, remember that in the end we all stand together all equal regardless of stature and wealth, mere subjects waiting to be "judged." I had my chance and I took it.
As for every Juan else, we all will get our chance to be judged, it may not be now but it will come and only HE is the judge. Even if there are just but a few good jeans out there, believe me when I say HE sees it all. Good deeds are never left unnoticed by HIM.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 16, 2013.