Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Certified list of candidates in Cagayan de Oro

City Mayor
Canoy, Rhona Torralba, Independent
Borres, Felix, Jr. Frias, Independent
Magtajas, Pablo Pagute, PDP Laban/Uno
Calingin, Antonio Padilla, Nationalist People's Coalition
Jaraula, Constantino Galagnara, Lakas-CMDFor

Calingin, Alvin Roa, PDP Laban/Uno
Tagarda, Manolo Zarate, Nationalist People's Coalition
Emano, Vicente Yap, Lakas-CMD

1st District (house of representative)
Tagarda, Manolo Zarate, Independent (withdrew-03-29-07/11:43PM)
Soriano, Antonio Sabanpan, PDP Laban
Montesa, Camilo Miguel Macalla, Liberal Party
Canoy, Reuben Rabe, Independent
Daba, Annie Yamut, Kampi
Bacal, Henry Jabeguero, Independent
Uy, Rolando Adlao, Independent
Spiers, Michelle Tagarda, Lakas-CMD

City Councilors
Baylon, William Nguho, Independent
Oracles, Michael Angelo Martir, Independent
Diel, Carlos Dy, Independent
Nagasan, Rhodora Majaducon, Independent
Ucab, Julieto Quiblat, Independent
Canoy, Marc Torralba, Independent
Calonia, Dominador Pagara, PDP Laban/Uno
Abbu, Jose Pepe Palmera, PDP Laban
Dabatian, Douglas Waga, PDP Laban/Uno
Acedera, Ben Joseph III Falcon, PDP Laban/Uno
Raagas, Roy Hilario Padla, PDP Laban/Uno
Abacahin, Reynaldo Cuas, PDSP
Pansacala, Pastor, Sr. Alisbo, PDSP
Abaday, Roger Gabatan, PDP-Laban/Uno
Cabal, Ricardo Abcede, Nationalist People's Coalition
Sagut, Jose Clodualdo Fallar, Nationalist People's Coalition
Sambaan, Alan Roy Mendoza, Nationalist People's Coalition
Daba, Ruel Roa, Nationalist People's Coalition
Glema, Antonio Cartagena, Nationalist People's Coalition
Ragas, Nicolas Caseñas, Independent
Galacio, Rodulfo Quitos, PDP Laban
Ocon, Elsa Sabrido, PDP Laban/Uno
Lachica, Jaime Janopol, Independent
Calizo, Mary Cor Reyes, Lakas-CMD
Bacal, Alden Dacanay, Lakas-CMD
Acenas, Caesar Ian Enerio, Lakas-CMD
arba, Adrian Lagamon, Lakas-CMD
Brellita, Anthony Obsioma, Lakas-CMD
Pajo, Dante Betonio, Lakas-CMD
Guibone, Cancio Pacuribot, Lakas-CMD
Licayan, Simeon Verula, Lakas-CMD
Beja, Camilo II Molina, Nationalist People's Coalition
Domo, Beverly Bu-ong, Nationalist People's Coalition

2nd District (House of Representative)
Rodriguez, Rufus Bautista, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino/Uno
Jardin, Samuel Aloysius Magdadaro, PDSP
Rojas, Francisco, Sr. Gorres, KBL
Cabanlas, Edgar Salcedo, Independent
Benaldo, Jose Benjamin Abrio, Lakas-CMD/Kampi

City Councilors
Valmoria, Virgilio Pacheco, Nationalist People's Coalition
Lao, Teodulfo, Jr. Escalera, PDP-Laban
Baconga, Pio Dalman, PDP-Laban/Uno
Damo, Carmelito Ranara, PDP-Laban/Uno
Ravanera, Manuel Revilla, PDP-Laban/Uno
Gan, Leon, Jr. Dumanganop, PDP-Laban/Uno
Saarenas, Eric Pagapula-an, Independent
Mediante, Demosthenes, Jr. Aquino, Nationalist People's Coalition
David, Domingo Sonny Gatasi, Nationalist People's Coalition
Caseres, Anatalio, Jr. Dela Torre, PDP Laban/Uno
Ledesma, Rene Rodriguez, PDP-Laban/Uno
Ramos, Jenny Martinez, Independent
Yee, Morito Pacturan, Independent
Agcopra, Joebert Bonife, PDP-Laban/Uno
Advincula, Reynaldo Navarro, Lakas-CMD
Elipe, President Dagondon, Lakas-CMD
Tabor, Ramon Galvez, Lakas-CMD
Dacer, Alexander Sabana, Lakas-CMD
Nacaya, Ian Mark Quiblat, Lakas-CMD
Goking, Alfonso Go, Lakas-CMD
Salcedo, Enrico Dael, Lakas-CMD
Abejuela, Emmanuel Daing, Lakas-CMD


New hope for Bacolod City


SQUATTING, poor sanitary facilities, poor sewage systems, garbage and traffic, plus the growing incidences of crime, are among the major problems of Bacolod City. The roots of these problems, of course, lie in the pervading poverty, a parochial educational system that sorely lacks facilities (despite the grossly mispriced computers donated by some local officials to public schools), and the lack of employment opportunities in a city that is no longer purely agricultural, but not yet industrial. This I noticed shortly after I moved into the city of smiles as a permanent resident almost two decades ago. The problems were there in the early 90's. They grew worse as the years went by.

Why can't the city government do anything about the above mentioned problems? Well, for one, economic gains made in the city tend to stay in the hands of the elite few and the slowly growing middle class. The poor remain to be as impoverished as they were some 17 years ago. Worse, the population of the poor is growing at an alarming rate with the flourishing of squatters' areas and black market businesses all over the city. Logs, illegal or quasi legal, continue to be dumped onto "side walk" carpentry shops along Lopez Jaena St. while city officials conveniently look the other way. The growing number of public utility vehicles vies for passengers to the point of double and triple parking along busy intersections while hawkers shout and traffic enforcements mere look on.

Bacolod city can no longer claim to be safe from crime. Indeed crime has flourished lately. This includes rape, hold up, burglary, and even the most heinous of crimes. Moreover, urban poor gangs and fraternities have become more public and bolder while spoiled elite kids use our city strips to race their expensive and dangerously fast cars and motorcycles. When caught these rich drag (drug?) racers won't go or stay in jail.

Our city officials seem to be incapable of dealing with the above mentioned problems mainly because they are too engrossed with making more and more money and/or preparing for the next elections. Indeed, everything they do seems to be politically motivated and calculated. Indeed, one root of all of our woes stem from a failure of leadership. This failure of leadership is the fault of the voting public at large. We seem to vote for the least competent among the candidates for each election.

Easily, we can trace the problem for poor leadership in the city to dirty and dishonest elections. There are some 200,000 voter's in the city of Bacolod. Only 40,000 of these voters come from the A and B classes. The remaining 160,000 come from the D and C classes. The votes of the lower middle and urban poor count in every election. This fact alone could and does empower the city's poor but in a perverse manner. Instead of using their votes to vote for pro-poor leaders in Bacolod, the organized poor sell their votes for a few hundreds of pesos, a free trip to the polling centers, plus lunch and snacks (even groceries at times) to boot. For the price of money that is not even enough to get them through the second day, the poor in Bacolod tend to sell their votes to unscrupulous politicians. People who buy votes certainly do not deserve to be in office. But precisely because they do buy votes they win elections easily. And after elections they will spend the next two and a half years making up for the money they spent in buying votes and more. It's a deadly cycle this unprincipled leadership and we can only blame ourselves for allowing vote buying to remain unchallenged within our midst.

But there is hope yet for Bacolod city. Recently a group of independents, principled candidates that belong neither to the machineriesd political parties have emerged from out of the blue. Atty. Andy Hagad, running to represent Bacolod city, Atty. Joel Dojillo, running for mayor, Atty. Lyndon Cana, vice mayor, Celia Flor and Jocelyn Battapa, both running for councilors, are all running as independents who base their platforms on electoral reforms and good governance.

These independents stand a better chance of winning if they will band together instead of going it alone. Most of the 40,000 A & B voters will vote for the independents. The problem is their lack of machineries among the C, D, and E voters. Will they be able to reach out to the remaining 160,000 urban poor voters their message of hope in time? I. for one, am praying that they do!

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