Before the year ends

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By Nef Luczon


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ALAS, December again. That frantic season of the majority Christian nations will again inspire the world of “peace on earth and goodwill to men.” There will be family reunions and unusual gathering of friends and lovers just to enjoy that warmth brought about the coming holidays.

It will be a great time, indeed, leaving away the dramas and complicated issues of the country and community for a while because after all, everyone needs to be reenergized before the New Year starts. And hopefully next year, they will also resume fixing the local and national problems instead of making a new one, especially, making them accountable for what they promised.

I am referring to the new elected (and even re-elected) public officials from the national down to every Barangay. For now, ‘tis the season to be jolly, but tomorrow you should be busy – busy doing what is right and lawful, and not wasting and stealing people’s money at your own convenience.

It is also a reminder of the general public to help in keeping the vigilance in the transparent process and affairs of our officials, because again, it is our responsibility as citizens. In the city alone, there are still gray areas that still need to be properly addressed to avoid doubts that even a mere rumor can destroy one’s reputation in a second.


After the May elections, it may still be understandable that every new leadership still needs the rest of the year for a transition period and warming up, but the next year will be less merciful. In the end, in a beautiful democratic country (and still it is despite abuses) like the Philippines, the press should exercise its freedom and responsibility to tell the balanced information and truth to the public, even it means scrutinizing public officials despite their political colors and close ties to some “friends from the media.”

It really is challenging, but in the end you will ask yourself: which side did you choose: the people, or the select elite? How much is your credibility worth? Only time can tell, because one had met his karma when typhoon Sendong washed away his “properties” which believed to be a product of unethical schemes.


It may still be early but hopefully before the year ends, there are major changes the people of Northern Mindanao may experience as a society and as a diverse community. This may come from the chosen leaders themselves by actually working on what is deemed well for the many and not for their own selfish agenda.

If they take “grudges” to some group of people just because they did not support their political campaigns, or they were affiliated by a rival political party, then it’s so plain that they lack professionalism and integrity as a public servant, worse, they are rather slaves of their own foolish ambitions and probably a political warlord of greed and power.

Sa maigo lang.


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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 04, 2013.


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