SK Chair Bids Adieu to Council

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By Brix Domondon

The Council Reports

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

IN A rare moment of nostalgia the outgoing Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation Chairperson in the City and ex-oficio city councilor Karminn Cheryl Dinney D. Yangot endearingly recounted her experiences as a leader of the youth during her valedictory speech to the august body Monday.

Her farewell message to the youth of the city, as well as her colleagues in the city council, is quite simple and one which we knew all along, that the abolition of the SK will surely herald a bleak future for the nation. This is what Karminn wanted to impart to her listeners that Monday afternoon. She wanted to tell us that without the participation of the youth in the government machinery the future of the nation will become uncertain.

Such a very strong message from a very young and beautiful lady still learning the twisted ropes of politics and governance, but nonetheless one must agree with what she had revealed in her discourse because, it is true!

Even if those mature enough and old enough to partake of politics and all its dirty linen continue to vehemently deny it what Karminn said about corruption is absolutely and totally true! Corruption did not begin with the young, it started with those old enough to recognize and enjoy the ins and outs of the deceitful trade and who wallow in its excesses. And after having imbibed the spirit of corruption those already tainted with its touch will begin to mentor those naïve and innocent enough to fully understand its dark purpose until they themselves are embraced in its dark bosom.

Indeed, as what Karminn said in her address the youth and the SK’s are victims and not villains relative to the allegation that the SK is a training ground for corruption. She said that if the SK’s in some part of the country have become so called ‘schools of corruption’ that is only true because they have corrupt teachers as mentors.

With due respect and permission let us read a portion of her address where she decries the alleged corruption of the youth : “The allegation that the SK is a training ground for corruption is not fair, if only for the fact that it casts the SKs as villains when they are actually victims. IF SKs in other parts of the country have become schools of corruption, the young people were merely students and the older ones were the teachers. The SK is not the root of the problem. They have demolished the so called “school of corruption”. But did they fire the teachers? As long as these teachers are not stopped from preaching the ideology of dishonesty and deceit, the youth – and I do not mean the SK only – will still be vulnerable to learning from them. And these teachers will continue to abound in our midst as long as the age-old corrupt system is in place. This is the same system responsible for the pork barrel scam which produced the likes of Janet Lim-Napoles. This is the same system responsible for corruption in the Malampaya funds. This is the same system responsible for the production of fake Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROS’) by the department of Budget. This is the same system that makes Ma’am Arlenes desecrate and spit on the hallowed halls of justice by commodifying justice and making it just an ordinary merchandise for sale to the highest bidder. The SK did not invent corruption. The SK was born into it”.

How true, and what a dark and foreboding situation she has revealed the nation to be. If only we have more of her kind from the youth willing to speak out and be heard so that those high and almighty in government, those whose hands are already painted black with dishonesty and deceit will be shamed to their bones and realize, for even once, that what they have done was doom the future of our nation, our youth.

In a lighter moment this writer and Mr. and Mrs. George Bautista are deeply grateful and would like to thank Mr. Jun Borbon, a resident of Justice Village and a welder by profession in the employ of Engineer Lagman, who unselfishly took the trouble of extending his personal assistance and aid to Mrs. Bautista the other day. It is a rarity in this day and age to discover in the city a good Samaritan such as you, Mr. Borbon. Thank you so much and may your tribe increase!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 11, 2013.


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