By MANUEL L. MORATÓ
Candidates for the senatorial elections on May 13, 2019, 12 of them, will be elected or reelected, nationwide. In this mid-term election, the congressmen are also up for reelection, every 3 years.
This election in May will include governors, vice governors, board members, mayors, vice mayors and councilors. Mag-isip ng mabuti at suriing mabuti kung sino ang karapat-dapat ninyong iboto sa local level.
Alamin nating mabuti ang mga tunay na character, ugali at pagkatao ng mga kandidato. ‘Yan po ang pinaka-importante. Huwag kayong bumoto sa mga nagpapakitang tao lamang at nagpapa-cute na sila’y intelehente. Mas importante po na iboto natin ang tunay na tao, ‘yong may puso sa kapwa at hindi ‘yong makasarili at matakaw magpayaman at magnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan.
‘Yan po ang aking pinagbabasehan. Kilala ko po ang karamihan sa kanila kaya alam ko na po kung sinu-sino ang iboboto ko.
Tandaan ninyo kung ano ang ginawa noong mga nakaraan na hanggang ngayon ay nakaupo; ‘yong mga pirming namumulitika para lang mare-elect. Hindi natin kailangan ‘yang mga ganyang tao. Nahahalata naman kung sinu-sino ang mga tatakbo na umupo noong araw na ngayon ay nangangako na naman na gagawin nila na hindi naman ginawa noong nasa katungkulan at nasa puwesto pa sila. Hindi maigi ang ginawa nila noon, ngayon nangangako na naman para maglingkod?
Please, give the people a break!
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On the happier side: Let us welcome the Chinese New Year on February 5 this coming Tuesday. Ang dami sa ating mga kababayan na may dugong Intsik maski kaunti. Katulad ko, pure Spaniard ang ama ko in blood, born in Spain, pero Filpino citizen for he was in the Philippines as a young child and opted to be Filipino citizen in the Treaty of Paris in 1898. And those who opted for the country where they found themselves in became natural born Filipinos. It applied to many other countries such as Peru, Macao, a colony of Portugal and many other countries availed of the Treaty of Paris of 1898.
The Philippines was a Spanish colony for almost 400 years and all the Spaniards who were here were given an option to elect either to remain Spanish citizen or Filipino citizen; and my father chose to be Filipino citizen.
On the part of my mother from Quezon Province, her maiden name was Consuelo Eclavea Lim, mestiza Tsina, who once upon a time won the title of Miss Quezon Province in 1931 and whom my businessman father (in Quezon Province), a widower, married in 1931. I was born years after.
They had six children, three boys and three girls, and I am the eldest, three sisters after me, and two boys, the 5th and the 6th whom I’d rather forget.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!
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