Game of pawns-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
IT’S just a matter of time for President Aquino III to sign the bill that seeks to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan elections that will go alongside the regular barangay elections in the country this year.
If that happens, imagine how millions of peoples’ money and thousands of youth leaders saved from further temptation to corruption and virtually to nothingness.
But it’s just a trifle compared to the grander scheme that will define the survival of political leaders sitting in the local governments. The Barangay elections are nonetheless a game of chess and an exchanging market of political interests and career.
Who will sit in each barangay is crucial – for someone wishes to stay in power or for someone to do a comeback – never mind that people in the barangay offices who are supposed to be non-partisan, but sadly, it’s just only good in print.
For someone who wishes to stay in power for more than a term, he needs barangay chairmen and councilmen loyal to him to create a stronghold in every village since this can be big sources of votes during the local and national elections. Of course, those who silently helped for the politicians’ success will be rewarded during these election campaigns in the barangays, and all is well in tango.
For someone who wishes to make a comeback, for the defeat was hard and heart-shattering, the more he needs to do an inventory of barangay officials who will still be loyal to him – no matter how much it costs – and it is a must that they should win in order to have a strong resurrection from the ashes of defeat and shame.
The barangay elections may just be not so important compared to the national and local counterparts, but this is the ground zero for political warlords who want to seize the majority. In these small village stewards, politicians will invest their energy and time of which there needs to be a strategy formulated in order to succeed.
Meanwhile for those who dream to be a known political figure someday yet lacks the bigger resources, the barangay is a good start, just follow that universal paradigm that all big things or successes start out small.
Serving the barangay is not really a problem, as a society, we need people to lead. But we also need to watch them because there seems to be a curse of being a leader that they will soon be seduced in the temptation of large amounts of money, thus succumbing to corrupt practices.
And the people, much to the voters, should enrich and educate themselves; this is a responsibility being a citizen of a country. The more we should be vigilant who to put in the barangay positions, let us know who support their candidacy and who are they actually serving to, to avoid surprises like learning that they are just mere puppets of a greater political warlord.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 09, 2013.