ORTIGOZA:   Tenderfoot mayor hides from media interview

October 23, 2017 at 3:51 am Leave a comment



mortz-nw-colored3When I dropped by at a major newsstand in the city, its owner told me that he was a newspaper boy before he ventured into selling dailies.

When our conversation went to the number of newspapers, tabloids, and community papers he sold, he deplored the lethargic sale.

Iyong ibang provincial newspapers wala na ngang bumili,” he quipped.

He said that he could only sell ten copies of the major community newspaper in a week and the number of copies of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Manila Bulletin declined tremendously in weekly basis compared to what he told me months ago.

He cited early this year that he could only sell only 15 copies a day of major broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer   while its rivals Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin averagely sell eight and four copies a day, respectively.

He said that the number one community news in the city sells only 20 copies a week in his stand.

I told him that newspaper business is dying what with the digital gadgets like cellphones where anybody can read and watch news from the intellectual dailies like New York Times to the prurient content and ordinary Joes serving Filipino headline screaming tabloids.

I read years ago that in Australia and European countries newspapers are passé’ because people browsed the de rigueur and convenient mobile phones and laptops.

 “Yap, because mobile phones are cheap. One could buy those Filipino made with touch screens like Cherry Mobile and My Phone and their cheap Chinese counterparts for a song. Cellular phones are obviously much cheaper than laptops,” my son Jigger told me once.

If hard copies newspapers are bound to extinction while online news is gaining prominence in the digital war, here’s a member of Congress.

When I showed to Pangasinan Congressman Pol Bataoil, whom I had breakfast at the Army Golf Club in Taguig City, the immediate and positive comments of readers of my news “Bataoil watches closely P1B highway project for Lingayen at P’NAN News, a major blog with tens of thousands readers, as seen on my mobile phone, the solon told me that it was good as it saved the cutting of paper trees.

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Before the 2016 local election I supported the advocacy of this battle-scarred mayor. In that poll, the mayor lost to a young tenderfoot mayor.

Tenderfoot, to those plumbers of Malabanan Poso Negro and embalmers of Pasay Funeral Parlor who read this column or blog,  means ” a newcomer in a comparatively rough or newly settled region; especially one not hardened to frontier or outdoor life.”
During the victory parade I and some media men waved our hands as congratulatory gesture to the victor who was on the lead truck standing at the haul bed while tens of hundreds of his supporters snaked with their vehicles at his back.
He did not reciprocate my action even if I did not criticize his poor performance when he was in public office as a lower level official.
Lately, somebody told me that when I visited his office to get his side of an issue on an overpriced project and promises to voters he failed to give them, he told his assistant that he avoided talking to me.
That’s fine.
So what would happen now?
I’ll comment negatively on what ills your town because of your patent incompetence because you would not want to talk to me on your half cooked competence?

I remembered an allegedly corrupt public official when we crossed path, the honcho smarted I negatively wrote about her.

“You did not want to talk to me when I visited your office to get your side,” I told her because of her propensity to hide from media men.

Para ano pa, hinde na kelangan!” she arrogantly told me.

That’s what made an official ugly. You ain’t want the media to get your side, then people read or hear your bad side.

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 President Rodrigo Duterte said early this year that constructing more coal-fired power plants is necessary to meet the nation’s growing energy needs. 

These pronouncements of President Duterte delighted resident and officials of the municipality of Sual led by Mayor Roberto Arcinue following a report that a multi-national company is keen on putting up another coal-fired-power plant in their town that is capable of producing 1,000 megawatts.

The company, the report said, will be using ultra-supercritical combustion technology that greatly reduces pollution, as prescribed by the President.

In welcoming the entry of another power plant in their locality, Mayor Arcinue said this would mean hundreds of jobs for the residents and millions of pesos of additional revenues for the municipality.

 (You can read my selected intriguing but thought-provoking columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

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