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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q. IF WE DON’T BELIEVE IN LOVE, WHAT ARE WE?

A. WE’RE GODLESS, FOR GOD IS LOVE. “BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER; FOR LOVE IS OF GOD; AND EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF GOD, AND KNOWETH GOD. HE THAT LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT OF GOD; FOR GOD IS LOVE.” (1 JOHN 4:7-8). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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“THIS gov’t of ours is anti in almost everything, including being unfriendly to our local business community. They make it hard for us (local businessmen) to progress. They should better realize that without us,  businessmen, no taxes will go to its coffers, at all,” rants one local biz-man.

The concerned businessman added that one flagrant anti is on the lack-of-parking issue for City Hall’s own clients. These CH clients have been grumbling about having undue hard times to park their motor vehicles near CH.

“You know what Pencing? This is just deplorable, because while we, the taxpayers, are being willfully or un-willfully set aside like rags thrown in one corner (in parking our mvs), they, as top local gov’t officials or their key personnel, are the ones allowing themselves to reign all those parking spaces where they can just easily maneuver their gov’t- issued mvs and park them like nobody’s business to drive their monkey wrench, at all.

“You know what, Jun? in our adopted Filipino community in Canada, its local gov’t there makes sure that their tax-paying public gets a VIP treatment from them, like giving them better and more access to all their parking spaces where they can easily park their respective mvs within their City Hall’s premises or surroundings. But in our very own city here in “Asia’s Latin,” it’s just the very opposite to what we see there(in Canada),” he lamented.

Yes, that’s very, very true.

Can’t we correct it here, huh? “No way, Pencing. I doubt it very much. Sila, sila lang gane’ taman purpiahan lli, kita pa caha’ este,?” same expressed huge doubts.

Deberas gayot se.

In here right in our la bella, we can’t absurdly do it, though it should’ve been the case, for the simple reason, we’re the ones supposedly to be their employers—the people who pay their taxes to our city gov’t, and, therefore, should’ve been princely treated by them, just like somewhere up there near North America, that’s Canada.

Like what they tried last March( or was it April?), ram our throat (the local tv/radio broadcasting business sector) their so-called “Social Acceptability,” that supposed additional prerequisite to carrying out its business operation in our la bella. What a heck! The fact, it has been there in continuous operation for years now, after completely accomplishing all requirements, and thereby, certified by CH itself as fully well complied with, I ask any sane mind here, is there yet the need for a so-called Social Acceptability?  No need, right? Now, they always say that this is being done in  Cagayan de Oro City in requiring the same, so, why not make it happen right here in our city?

Why? Do we have to yet copy or pattern after theirs? Do we have to follow suit, just because it’s being done there? Pirmi yalang ba kita keda copiarul di-ila? Bear in mind, ZC is hailed as the oldest charter city in Mindanao, older than Davao City by a few days when declared as one by then Pres. Manuel L. Quezon in Oct. 12, 1936. DC acquired theirs four days later, Oct. 16, 1936. Being the oldest, we should’ve been their role model in basically all gov’t functions or operations. But look what we’re now in the eyes of not just a few. “We virtually pattern or merely follow what they’re initiating in many ways for their gov’t functionaries or instrumentalities. It should’ve been the contrary. They should be the ones to copy us, being the oldest. If to follow the same pattern, citing in a family circle, for instance, who should act as their role model amongst siblings? Is it the eldest or the youngest among them? Of-course, the oldest sans any qualm, at all. But, I’m sorry, it’s not happening the way it should be when it comes to talking of governance— relatively speaking. It’s us in this oldest city, now being branded as their mere stereotype. What a big insult! Copiarul lang dao kita ta keda. Ay ke makahuya’ canaton ste! (30)




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