Not once and twice, the new chief of police, when he took his oath or declared his duties whatever, mentioned that he was in the City of Mandaue, instead of in Dumaguete. City Fiscal Ely Escorial, who was in the turnover, was not impressed with the apparent lack of focus by the new chief-of-police. How focused can he be on crime-busting?
When asked, he confirmed that the city mayor gave his endorsement on James Goforth, who sounds American in name but very parochially Filipino. We do not know his talents yet; he better do his best in this very critical city of gentle people. He has two years to do it.
WE blame the Comelec in allowing candidates to campaign early, especially over the tri-media . This is the first time in history of Philippine elections. That is why so much trash and vulgar language is heard, even months before elections. Of course, this will help people to find out who are the mediocre. The winnables are the less vocal and showbiz types. Those who have nothing in their heads except money in their pockets are the more noisy ones. Soon, they will nosedive as election approaches.
We have to say this: Automated election machines, like any computerized machines, are programmable. By programmable, we can glean that the thing can be made to assure a winner by adjusting the software to make an advanced count or lead, everytime his opponent’s score rises. In this manner, the candidate who, perhaps, might or can influence the suppliers and buy his election, can just buy (if they can) the people manning the automated election machines. This is cheaper and cleaner. This is an unconfirmed insider info. The best thing for candidates, in order not to be cheated, is to inspect every automated election machine and check whether or not its specs are corrupted.
Let us just go back to manual counting and improve our citizens’ vigilance over cheating. When robots cheat, they never know and never care. Pity the human beings who are now subjected to robotic matters. Better still, let’s fight the system and do better by watching the polls for cheating in the PCOS machines. Better check it out, my friends! Baka magmata ra kamo ug morning…kapildihon or kadaugan.
POOPING IN BUSHES
Did you know that someone took the pains of counting how many people in this city and province are pooping behind bushes and into plastic bags? Info is authoritative because friend former sports commissioner Perry Mequi made the report as a shocker to this award-winning province on poverty and environment issues. Mequi emailed me this:
“With our local politicians gearing up for the elections, here’s an urgent concern that should be brought to their attention and how, if elected, will they contend with the problem. I just read in the Internet that next to Masbate (388,000) people, Negros Oriental has 271,000 residents who are pooping behind bushes and into plastic bags.
So, the question is, what initiatives will our local government officials undertake to address this severe lack of access to toilet facilities? (Perry Mequi, Foundation University)