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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WHO does that? A question I always hear in movies or TV series that is raised in order to give emphasis on answers that are, in most cases, known even before the questions themselves are raised.
I am borrowing this question in order to drive some points. Below are narratives that are followed by individual questions that are answered at the end.
Over a cup of coffee a day after the La Naval fiesta in Angeles City, I asked some colleagues if they attended a press conference hastily called by a politician and what was it for.
One colleague who also did not attend surmised that it was about the fiesta celebration.
One answered that how could it be, when that politician has a fiesta celebration of his own for his barangay? How can it be too when the household of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan did not prepare so much in deference to those who suffered the blow of Typhoon Santi two days before the fiesta? That colleague went on to even say that there was barely a celebration in the Pamintuan home.
Now tell me, who is this person who, in spite of all the hype for the annual twin fiesta celebration, suddenly felt it more appropriate not to throw a grand party as hundreds of Angeleños were badly affected by the severe storm? Who is this person who, in spite of her great culinary prowess decided to keep those pats and pans on the shelves in order to be modest with the calamity stricken times? Who does that? Atching Minyang Pamintuan.
Who is this elective official who, during the last few days of campaign last May sent a blast text message that made her/him sound so frantic (read: panicky) as she/he discovered that a letter was then being circulated that announced her/his supposed withdrawal from the race?
This elected official asked for everyone’s help not just to belie that black propaganda but also to help campaign for him/her.
Now elected and in position, this official could not just seem to be disturbed from her/his “busy schedule”.
Who is this local official who after trying to reach him/her would say he/she would call back but will just do the exact opposite and make you wait for her/his call or even just text messages? Who is this official that it would take almost a month or so to get an appointment from? Who does that? A Board Member.
Typhoon Santi was such a scare. With gustiness up to about 180 kph, it wrought havoc that I personally have not felt. Not since the dark stormy days immediately after Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991.
Why would Santi not be such a destroyer when in the very first place its name sounds like a variation of the name of that fallen angel in the Bible (whose name I do not even want to mention here so as not to dignify it).
Now, why did the government agency tasked to track weather disturbances and give them names for identity purposes would use such a diabolical name? There are hundreds of names starting with letter S that could have been used. Why use Santi and not just Santo instead? Who does that?
Talk about Typhoon Santi, I heard of Mayor Marino Morales's little exploits as he himself silently led the removal of fallen trees along MacArthur Highway. After saving himself and family from near accidents at Clark (from falling trees too), Mayor Boking rushed to inspect and lead efforts to clear primary and secondary highways and roads in the city.
That was also made possible through the help of Chief of Staff June Magbalot who himself led the monitoring of the disaster at Xevera. June had to make sure that relief and rescue efforts are well-manned and supplied with logistical needs. He and mayor Morales also had to prompt local police to “double time” in the emergency situation.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 16, 2013.