Editorial: Politicking and a Calamity-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
ONE can call it hitting two birds with one stone. In war or in politics or even in doing business, it is a sane, even wise, act. But not when we are talking about a tragedy’s aftermath.
When President Noynoy Aquino visited Cebu and Bohol, two provinces affected by last Tuesday’s tremor, he was expected to connect with local government executives matter their political affiliation. That is supposedly the “Daang Matuwid” way of running the nation.
But “Daang Matuwid” has been emptied of its honest intention. So when PNoy arrived in Cebu, he linked up with Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts Gov. Hilario Davide III and former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña.
Nothing wrong with being with Davide, after all, he is the governor of Cebu. Besides, the province has areas affected by the quake. But that does not seem to apply to Osmeña, currently an ordinary citizen.
Okay, Osmeña is still a recognized leader in the city being the chief of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). But that is precisely the problem. He is widely believed to be out to jeopardize the rule of Mayor Michael Rama, who defeated him in the May elections.
Which brings us to another interesting observation. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas was very visible before, during and after PNoy’s visit. Okay, he is DILG secretary, so that explains his presence. But he is also widely believed to be targeting the presidency in the 2016 elections.
Now, when Roxas is around, could not Vice President Jejomar Binay be far behind? Binay defeated Roxas in the vice presidential elections in 2010 and is also widely believed to be angling for the presidency in 2016.
Again, Binay is vice president. So was it mere coincidence that he and Roxas would be roaming the same vote-rich provinces?
One can actually view the Roxas and Binay cases positively. Helping the victimized, like what they say about politics, is addition. The more, the merrier. Roxas and Binay may be politicking but the politicking could benefit the people.
But can that be said of PNoy listening more to Osmeña than to Rama? Wouldn’t Malacañang’s help to Cebu City be hampered because its mayor is not an LP stalwart?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.