MAGANES: Where did P-Noy go after opening the Palarong Pambansa?

May 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

The opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa 2012 held at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) last May 7 was indeed spectacular in terms of entertainment and preparations.

In spite of the hassles I experienced as I almost not able to enter the venue because of the lack of identification card issued by the Provincial Information Office (PIO), I still consider that the opening ceremonies better compared to the past Palarong Pambansa. I have one proposal, however, to the Provincial Information Office to make media accreditation faster.

Since we have the Pangasinan Press Club (PPC), why don’t you accredit the members through the PPC which n turn will issue IDs in coordination with your office. The way I see it, there were preferences in the selection of media practitioners who covered the Palarong Pambansa. Why did I say so? There was no announcement when to avail of the accreditation and the issuances of IDs. Since the Information Office has all the names of the media practitioners, I mean the legitimate ones, then all they had to do is to send to their emails the procedures in getting media accreditation. Well, anyway Butch (Velasco), I have at least watched the opening of the Palaro with gusto and excitement.

It was indeed a spectacle seeing President P-Noy grace the opening of the Palaro. Did he come to Pangasinan not to inspire the delegates and athletes but because of the invitation of a high government official? There were words circulating before the opening ceremonies that P-Noy accepted his being guest of honor and speaker because the high government official invited him- meaning if not for the invitation he will not grace the said affair. My golly! I could not understand such level of politicking. Isn’t the Palarong Pambansa an event of the Department of Education? Then, by and large even without such invitation, President P-Noy will grace the event because it is the program of his cabinet secretary. Well, well, well. The government official might want to project to the people that President P-Noy was already on his side. Politicking? That’s the name of the game.

After his speech which was interrupted with incessant coughing, President P-Noy was supposed to meet the media in a corner at the venue prepared for them. Media practitioners rushed immediately to the site with all the cameras, television crews and notebooks and pens. But where’s the President? He was whisked out immediately from the venue, leaving us disgusted. We were then expecting at least one of his men to attend to us and explain what happened, but nunca nobody approached us. We were afterwards advised to go to the social media center, but I felt sore after learning that there was no water to quench our thirst.

The mystery of where did P-Noy go after the opening is still hounding the local politicians and the media. There were speculations that he took his lunch at Dagupeña Restaurant in Calasiao together with his entourage and other local officials, others said he had a meeting at the house of MECO Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr. in Urdaneta City. But until now, no one could directly say where was he after the opening of the Palaro. Did he really has a political meeting with the members of the NPC? Did he get his way out not to take a lunch at Sison Auditorium? Where did he really go?

Whatever place he went to, that’s already not our concern. Whether the speculations cited were true, that’s his own business as the President of the Republic. What I am concerned at as of now is whether he could solve the stand off with China over the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), the looming problems of the hog industry and many more.

True enough, his presence during the opening of the Palaro inspired everyone. But more than the spectators and athletes of the Palaro, the most who got inspired were the politicians who would like to be anointed by him in May 2013 elections.

And I can mention their names. But not here Pareng Brando. I might be accused of “careless whispers.”

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