CAGAYAN DE ORO

Luczon: Too early

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WHEN the numbers have already determined possible winners after the May 13 polls, some political camps are already thinking of another campaign scenario for 2022. They’re quick, like they have already been thinking their political careers in the next 50 years.

It may be necessary to divulge future plans ahead, as it will give people the impression that what are politicians are doing for the next three years are “investments” for the next election season. But this is also a potential tragedy.

This may also mean a sorry state of Philippine politics, that politicians only live and eke out government resources only for the sake of survival and less of being a compassionate leader, who champions the people who chose them.

Readying for 2022 is not bad at all, however, it smells of selfishness and greed if those who have ambitions already make political fanfares this early, as the next three years could mean more potential services to be done instead of grooming themselves to be voted again next elections.

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What do we really know about the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea row? Virtually nothing. We leave the debate and discussions to the experts, to those who have the knowledge and wisdom to know how our country react to the “invasion” of China over it.

However, there is strength in numbers. If the whole Southeast Asian Nations would unite and collectively stand to tell China to moderate its “colonization,” then we might have a strong claim. But his may also mean repercussions, and other diplomatic dilemmas.

We shall wait and see, how these so-called experts will manage to “analyze” this whole international affairs.

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News of some known legislators reported about their first agenda and bills they filed on the first day they assumed office. That is quite good to hear, giving us an impression that these newly elected officials are worth the public’s vote. We can only hope that they are that active in the next three years, as Filipinos still tend to have this “ningas cugon” syndrome.

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There were a decline of tourists in Northern Mindanao region in the first quarter of 2019, according to the report prepared by the Department of Tourism, through the National Economic Development Authority in Region 10. Maybe some tourists were busy in other places in the Philippines, and that tourism promotion did not come to fruition as of the moment.

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Cagayan de Oro City is up to another season of toxic afternoons: rain and heavy traffic, and with a potential incidence of urban flooding. We have the understanding that there are roads in the city that is being fixed to widen its underground canals to help reduce flooding in the urban areas.

But can you really solve flooding problems in the city if the terrains were naturally swamp areas or water catch basins before these were developed into commercial and residential areas? This question might have an answer, but it may cost worth billions of pesos, and thousands of people being removed to the uptown areas.

(nefluczon@gmail.com)


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