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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, December 26, 2013


SURPRISINGLY, the celebration of Christmas this year has proven to be generally peaceful with just a few fireworks set off in the various barangays brought about by the pyrotechnics that have been smuggled into the city.

Whew! This despite the latest stand of chief executive Mauricio Domogan against issuing any business permits to pyrotechnic czar Agnes Montoya and her co-vendors to sell firecrackers in the city.

But let us not let our guards down because as always and traditionally, we will once again witness the use of pyrotechnic materials come the New Year with most of these being smuggled in the country's Summer Capital.

Definitely, the boom-boom businessmen have lost their market but expect them to find other ways and means to sell their wares.

One thing good about the stand of Mayor Morris is that the "snowman" has lost his battle to encourage the chief executive to settle for regulation instead of a total ban based on a national law.

And like what I wrote in my last column, "snowman" favors profit over the physical well being of his constituents through the use of take note, a "national law on regulation."

As a true blue Baguio boy, I challenge the abominable "snowman" and his supporting colleagues on what the almost 500,000 residents will favor with regard to regulation and ban and for sure, majority of them will favor the latter.

Wheh again! If I were a politician, I will use the banning of pyrotechnics as my propaganda to ensure a place in the local legislative assembly come 2016.

This will clearly show my political stand which favors the general and physical well being of my beloved constituents as oppose to a minimal profit for the city.

They say that Baguio people tend to forget what a politician has done in their incumbency as honorable representatives. But if I use banning as my political emblem, then how can they forget this unpopular decision with a positive end result?

So to the Baguioites, continue to trample any move of the abominable "snowman" and his Yamashita Yakuza financier. Not everything revolves around money because money is not everything.

Show them our defining moment. If they force to go for regulation as against banning, then let's give them the countdown to be blasted from the political arena of our city come 2016.

Belated Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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