Let’s Party like the Liberals-A A +A
Tropical Storm Igme
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
IT WAS already in the news and it has been the talk of the town, especially in the political arena, that one influential representative has suddenly changed his political color from purple to yellow. And he also brought along some five mayors in the towns of Misamis Oriental.
It was a surprise, but nevertheless, an obvious pattern in the world of politics. Some analysts say that the shifting was an act of survival because of so many reasons – political career, personal dealings, and might as well add some business transactions.
Critics to the Purple Administration and his Purple Empire said that his days are “numbered,” or what has been circulating around the social media, as loyal to the Purple Clan cry foul about betrayal, and “loyalty” is seems to be an ancient word in politics that is very rare in the Philippine setting.
While the numbers game is gaining grounds in favor to the provincial governor who is eyeing the executive seat in the city, one month short before officially filing of candidacy, the anxiety rises of what could be the political game plan of two opposing poles that was once allied to each other.
Just like in the game of chess. Strategically putting the pieces and every move must be countered with necessary losses in order to win the game. But the question is: who are the pawns and do we know who they are?
Like climate change, the political weather also constantly changes, but another question is: are the people willing to adapt to reduce the risk?
As of this moment, the influence of the Liberal Party is overwhelming, as if it is the bringer of hope and change just because the Purple Empire has become “naughty” in the recent dealings with some people who simply wanted an organized city, a city that respects the law and a city that has a conscience.
While some political parties are already scheming in outwitting and “slaughtering” each other for the 2013 elections, hopefully, they will come to a sense that what is always at stake here is addressing the welfare and needs of the people, and not for their selfish careers.
That is somewhat the problem in our politics. Politicians seek to be elected because they wanted to push their personal agenda, and it must be passed on to their trusted ally or next of kin in order to preserve what has started. If only that agenda is for the good of many, then that would not be a problem.
But it’s so early to tell who will win in next year’s elections, especially in the mayoral post, even though the Yellow Republic is overwhelming here. We have had that optimism before, but the Purple Empire is cunning, and that is something we should be careful for.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 12, 2012.