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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Pangan: That Comelec advisory

At Close Range

PERHAPS guided by a superior force, the Commission on Elections

(Comelec) advised the Department of Education (DepEd) to avoid

inviting politicians as guest speakers during graduation rites.

Why is this so? To avoid mixing politics and other election issues

thus minimizing or trivializing the essence of the ceremonies meant to recognize the efforts of parents and students, so goes the advisory.

Comelec itself admitted that there is no law (yet) that prohibits

candidates from accepting invitations and give them undue advantage

over those not given the chance to address the graduating students

and their parents. It may be observed that graduation rites are

effective fora for candidates to make themselves and their proposed

platforms of government known to many.

Fair enough, but isn't this denying the candidates the exercise of

free speech? Why the prohibition then?

In the past, candidates were invited as guest speakers in graduation ceremonies and so these became boring and lengthy and one can see

the participants yawning and some leave in haste.

Still, the candidates should be given the chance to speak before

large audiences attending graduation and other ceremonies.

***

From observers, I gathered that the team of Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo

has been gathering large audiences who stay long to hear the mayor

and his slate talk about their accomplishments and platforms of

government.

I was informed that councilor-candidate Nino 'RS' delos Reyes wowed

crowds at Dau Homesite, Dau due to his speaking and singing prowess.

The crowd reportedly howled and cheered the young councilor-to-be

when he sang his heart out for them.

Mayor Garbo, for his part, is an effective speaker with a persuasive

and booming voice enough to convince the voters to vote for him.

He seems to get the edge this early in this campaign period.

***

The City Employment Service Office (CESO) of Mabalacat City

obtained for the third time the 2018 Regional Best PESO award for

the Component City category and the 3rd Top Regional Implementer

of PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) in Applicants

Registration, Employers Registration and Job Vacancies Posted on

March 20, 2019 at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport

Zone in Zambales.

Much credit should go to CESO Manager Bernard B. delos Reyes

and his staff Virgie Miranda, Alma Pontillas, Jon Zapanta, Francis

Custodio, Tess Adriano, Tess Carlos, Berna, Rea and Judy and the rest

of the staff. Congrats, and atin ken koy?

***

In Angeles City, the voters should go for Councilor Alfie Bonifacio

and Joseph 'PG' Ponce, two hardworking and prolific local legislators

who have excellent service records aimed at uplifting the lives of

Angeles City residents and voters.

Hooray for these two gentlemen!


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