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Atienza: Let the chips fall

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VIBER groups can really be interesting, especially during the election season. With participants treading the thin line between advancing political views and breaking friendships, the discussions show many impassioned viewpoints with one or two who really have valid points.

Take this for example: a participant passed on a rant about alleged corruption and mismanagement in the three-year old Duterte administration. “We need change to more responsible leadership and vote Otso Deretso!” the forwarded note campaigned.

It was soon followed by a short and simple reply from another participant: “ But they’ve already had two chances to do that!”

He may have been referring to the two Aquino administrations (Cory and Noynoy) that were peppered with the very same allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The guy had a valid point.

I was terribly disappointed, when post-election, another participant forwarded a call for boycotting companies who they perceived to be Duterte backers. I mean, really? We’re talking some sort of economic sabotage now? What’s going to happen to the thousands who will lose their jobs as they boycott these companies?

With the May midterm election over and done with, it is time to let the chips fall where they may.

This Americanism which means “to accept results without prejudice, worry, or regret” comes from the world of logging. In the process of cutting a tree, wood chips generally fly around and loggers neither worry nor regret where the chips may fall. I presume they have the bigger and more valuable log to focus upon.

Pursuing this metaphor, the political chips have fallen. Our new officials have been elected.

As citizens, including those who lost in the May elections, we need to focus on the bigger and more valuable: including finding and applying measures to combat poverty, unemployment, traffic congestion, flooding, violence against women, child exploitation and prostitution, and so forth, and so on. Forget side taking, political bickering and talk of boycotting!

In our forest, there are as many logs as issues our leadership need to tackle. It is time for us to unite and take a more pro-active stance and assist our local leaders achieve our shared hopes and aspiration to make Cebu No. 1 again.


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