Stupid non-partisan law for the village poll

October 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment


Last week, a large number of selected candidates for the barangay election did not only relish the Bacchanalian Feast – of roasted calf and pigs, and other expensive foods – but were willing recipients of oodles of monies from major political players in a city in Northern Luzon.

My informant told me however that some of these village officials were overwhelmed by their greed by jumping the following morning to the camp of the rival of their benefactors for another dole-out.

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Congress should amend the provision in the Omnibus Election Code (Section 38) that says that the village election should be apolitical.

It means congressmen, mayors, and other public officials are prohibited to intervene during the campaign season.

What happens, however, is the exact opposite of the intention of the law.

These high officials zealously interfere because their interest is their political survival in the 2013 election.

The financial help they give to the “kapitans” and “kagawads” this year would be compensated with votes.

This is plain and simple quid quo pro. Our congressmen should have seen this statuary blunder.

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Look how stupid this law is, like its counterpart on Squatter and Solid Waste Management Act sponsored by then Senator Jose Lina and former Congressman Neric Acosta, respectively.

The exemption to that law is any member of a political organization who is acting individually (say a senator, governor, mayor, you name it my dear Procopio) can intervene psychologically, materially, or financially (Occena vs. Commission on Elections, 127 SCRA 404 (1984).

Another exemption is any of the elective officials I mentioned can interfere in the poll campaign of any village bet as long as he is a relative within the fourth civil degree by consanguinity and affinity of the candidate.

Susmariosep, where is the insulation being prohibited by the law? Where is the wisdom of this law? A mayor as everybody knows is already the head of a political party of a town or a city. Whether we like it or not, his interference is representative of his party.

What a waste of precious money, time, and saliva have been wasted on Section 38 by our honorable representatives when they hammered this at the Batasang Pambansa (precursor of our Congress).

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I heard that barangay officials in Mangaldan have already paid their visit to Vice Mayor Berex Abalos.

Abalos is being eyed as the “heir-apparent” of Mayor Herminio Romero who is now on his last term.

But political pundits in that first class town do not agree on this prognosis.

A guy with an initial of “R.D.” told me that the force to reckon in the town’s top post is former mayoralty bet –the moneyed Mrs. Bona de Vera.

But a very prominent and much respected son of the town vehemently disagrees. He told me in whisper that there is that bet that could give cold chills to the two prospects after they read this article.

He said the real-deal is former general and former PNP chief Art Lomibao.

Without any post under the Aquino Administration, the probability of Art eyeing the mayoralty is as high as Mt. Everest.

(Send comments to totomortz@yahoo.com)

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