Piercing the Veil of Invincibility-A A +A
At Close Range
Thursday, October 31, 2013
IN ELECTIONS, few can snatch victory easily, without a sweat, as they say.
Even the seeded candidates, complete and replete with financial backing and other support, experienced defeat in their political career.
Of course, some are luckier than others, as they breezed through convincingly and thus be securely ensconced in their posts.
The results of the just-concluded barangay elections cannot escape the so-called post-mortem analyses.
Such is the reality of Philippine politics: win some, lose some. Anyway, a three-year term is relatively short, especially for a doer. There is no dull moment in public service, he thus claims. For the losers, there is ample time to recoup resources, strengthen rapport with the people and impress them with good work.
Voters have apparently wisened up and have considerably learned from previous elections.
In the case of incumbent Mabalacat City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, his candidates in big barangays have suffered reversals, particularly in Dau where the battle royale culminated in a loss for incumbent chair Marino "Atlas" Morales, Jr., the mayor's son and namesake. More professionals probably voted for erstwhile Councilor Dr. Oscar R. Aurelio, the so-called doktor ng bayan.
The temporary setback in Dau only highlighted that the vaunted Morales invincibility has been pierced and the dent should be promptly restituted. If not, the annihilation would be total and irreversible, come 2016 national and local elections!
It is but timely to rethink the strategies, evaluate chances and regroup leaders and supporters. A loyalty check should be done and more incursions into the masa base made post haste.
The same scenario was seen in the turf of Angeles City Mayor Edgardo "EdPam" D. Pamintuan whose choices also experienced defeat. Ever Solomonic in his decisions, Mayor Ed accommodated his village chiefs to the best of his professional experience and, of course, resources. Mayor Ed, there is still time to regroup and prepare for your next political move. You have become a sage in this arena, obviously, and with your grandiose plans to beautify the city, you would be (again) unbeatable in the next electoral exercise.
I admire people who can reconcile easily and work together for the common good. Thus, it was reported that people from Porac, the candidates especially, staged a unity walk to show the public that all's well in their area. Win or lose, the welfare of the people should be foremost in the priorities of the candidates. After all, 2016 is not so far away.
People would remember and vote for candidates who have worked for them unselfishly and truthfully. So, there...
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 01, 2013.