NOEL, as in No election has become a by word of politically aware, politically inclined and bystanders along the political scenario as well as those environmentally aware tsimoso and tsimosa.
Frequently, I was asked if I am running again to be one of the city councilors, sometimes I answer “Oh yah, do you think there will ever be an election in these present times?” others are shocked, some nod their head in confirmation “oo nga” and some just look baffled for they received an unexpected answer to a question they throw expectantly for not knowing what else to say when they see me. And that was scenes replayed for the past two years, but now it seems to be a reality that this present national government is not inclined to call for any type of election.
The barangay elections are past due but the present powers remain there, some faithfully doing their barangay duties with an extra mile. Others abuse their mandated powers and we see unabated squatting, bingo sa barangay, basura and parking violations and more. But at least I heard one who said, “we ended our term so why are we still there, either they elect us again or appoint us.” So if they get appointed, the mandate is not of the democratic process of a people’s vote but by the appointing body or person. Then more often than not, the loyalties and accountabilities tend to be towards the appointing body. Well, though with some elected officials, when elected they show partiality based on the votes they get from a barangay. So the way it is now, looks there isn't going be any election in the very near future.
The unappealing and un comprehended Federalismo seems to be talked more and more these days then in the past decade. The United States is a federal government, it’s a huge country and has concerns that needs to be addressed in the different federated states. I am not even aware if the secondary and tertiary level of our schools are studying seriously Federalism as a form of government. Saying that, I am not also aware if the regional agencies are strategically planning for a change of government structure that would have a semblance of a federated Philippines.
The discussion tables are also a blazed with talks of a revolutionary or a martial law in the making. Marcos never warned the people and then declared martial law, this present president has warned the people that “I will declare martial law if.” especially when he gets negative responses or dissentions from the public or from his ranks. And that is the difference, we are warned, some welcome it and others are wary. But even in our wariness, are there people groups preparing for any eventuality to mitigate abusive impacts or effects. But sometimes, I cannot discount the thought that most of the activist have become complacent in their positions in government, the non-government organizations, in their homes that the fight has gone out. Yet still a small part of me says that there are still some who are crazy enough to fight for the right, fight for freedom and fight for humanity that is decent and empowered. I still believe there are still some who bold activists who have not slide to the point of apathy.
Advent came then Christmas and now Three Kings! Immanuel means God with Us, and we commonly sing “Noel, Noel, Noel for born is the king of Israel.” One who was prophesied and then became flesh and blood. How mind boggling is that when God is made flesh and dwelt among his people. People who are hard headed, unfaithful and sinful, yet we see his unfailing love as he died for us to redeem us.
And now we see a different kind of NoEl.