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The Tuesday (July 2) issue of Zamboanga Today printed excerpts from the inaugural speech of former President Joseph E. Estrada, now Mayor of the City of Manila. 

In the later portion of the speech, I am not surprised why he said to his constituents: “Have a little patience, have a little sacrifice.”   What for did he manifest such a solicited pleading from the people?

The answer lies in his pronouncements that, assuredly though not overnight, his administration will get rid of corruption, of undesirable members or scalawags in the police force, of garbage eyesores, clogged drainage passageways and sidewalks proliferated by protected vendors with makeshift stalls in the city.  These were the foci of his campaign promises.

Like the ground that grows plants when cultivated, patience and sacrifice are virtues that bear consequential fruits.  It is said: “There is light at the end of the tunnel.” No matter how short or long is the tunnel, light comes as eagerly awaited at the end.  Similarly, it is also said: “There is no glory without sacrifice.”  Such is the case of a laboring expectant mother.  When her baby is born, after all her hardships during nine months of pregnancy and the pains of childbirth, she breathes a sigh of relief and exudes an indescribable joy when she sees her baby at the hold of an obstetrician or a clinic attendant or a paltera.  For the little patience and little sacrifice he asked the people of Manila, Estrada has the experience and capacity to translate their resultantant expectations into realization.

I recall how he, as Chief Executive of the country, was decisive in the exercise of   presidential power and prerogative.  One example was when he compromised for the remains of the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani against the opposition of the moralists.  His reason was not one of accommodating the remains as that of a hero.  Rather, it was only an exercise of executive clemency that others before him failed to do.  Another example was when he drove a wedge against articulations then obtaining for the repeal of Republic Act No. 7659, otherwise known as the Death Penalty Law. At that time, the execution, through lethal injection of Leo “Baby” Echagaray, was pending owing to a TRO or Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court.  For him, dealing then with the probability of a Presidential Veto was endemic for the imposition of the law to satisfy the millions of pesos the government spent in its enactment.

Just a few days after his assumption of office, news reports have it that he already fired from the service police scalawags.  The report sent reverberating signals that he means business not for his own benefit but for the welfare of the people he serves.  Any which way interpreted, he started demonstrating the will to become an authentic servant for public service.

Henceforth, other areas of concerns are expected to be dealt with accordingly.

Can his political nemesis and those who did not vote for him still become pessimistic?  But for his supporters, for sure they radiate satisfaction with pride.  This is the bottom line of the pleading: “Please have a little patience, a little sacrifice.”

(By Mario C. Tesoro, Office Staff – Our Lady of Ransom Parish, Mercedes, Z.C.
Kagawad – Sangguniang Barangay of Mercedes, Z. C.)




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