Thu. May 26th, 2022

Walden Bello has carved his name in various issues that range from economy, environment, human rights and politics all anchored on communist ideology. With those credentials he thought he is good enough to be Vice President of the Philippines.

Walden has always been a critic of any administration.

Nobody minds him however as he is more of a theoretician. Back by impressive educational background that he gets to be invited to speak on many of his ideologies. He must be enamored with communism he became a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Wikipedia states. 

Walden won a seat in Congress as partylist Laban ng Masa Representative. Last October he substituted a labor group candidate for Vice President.

His alliance with the leftist political parties and his hatred for Marcos dictatorship must have triggered his subconscious to badmouth Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on her proposal to make mandatory military service for Filipinos turning 18 years old. He branded the idea as “a mask off moment for dictatorial-in-waiting.

Piqued by the snide remark of Bello, Inday Sara said her dream is to inspire patriotism among the youth and not to be “ungrateful” citizens like her fellow vice presidential candidate Walden Bello.

“I truly hope that our youth do not grow up to be a Walden Bello — an ungrateful citizen who sleeps peacefully at the comfort of their homes, unable to say a prayer or a silent ‘thank you’ to the men and women who became martyrs while countering violent extremism, insurgency, and terrorism,” Sara said.

READ: Bello is the disruptor of the VP debate

I like my Mayor best when she fights for her principles. Walden Bello should have known that what Inday Sara proposes stemmed from her actual experience as an ordinary citizen and leader of Davao City.

Walden was most of the time in the US when his party members, the CPP/NPA virtually took control of Davao City in early 1980s. Prior to that bloody regime, the Moro National Liberation Front was waging a separatist war pursued later by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

When the communists were defeated in a counter-revolution, drugs syndicates” invaded Davao taking advantage of weary law enforcers. Like all Davaowenyos, Sara grew up in this environment.

When Rodrigo Duterte, became Mayor of Davao he confronted the problems with sharpness of a tack and aplomb. The young Sara not yet in her teens witnessed these and saw up close how her father dealt with problems.

Walden never had these in all his life. In fact, when he learned about the atrocities of the CPP/NPAs all he did was to resign from CPP but did not sever his ties completely as his political career would show.

So now he gets a mouthful from Mayor Inday..

“If only Walden Bello wasn’t so quick to jump the gun, he would know that my vision was not only to push for mandatory military service for the youth,” she said. “And an 18year old is definitely not a child.” 

She said only the likes of Bello would think of mandatory military service for Filipino citizens “as arming them and telling them to kill – instead of looking at it as something that inspires patriotism in the youth.”

“If only he wasn’t so quick to react, he would have realized that I also emphasized the need for the youth to be prepared for disasters and become proactive community partners in rescue operations and in aiding victims of calamities,”

“I wanted them to be able to stand on their own, help themselves, help the communities, and help the nation,” Inday Sara tells Walden.

Whatever Walden Bello does, he will not be able to catch up with Sara Duterte who rode on big bike from Ubay, Leyte to Tagbilaran City in Bohol.

The obsession over dictatorship in the Philippines, she added “is as ancient as the belief that the youth have no actual important role in building a nation that is progressive and peaceful.”

“If only Mr. Bello did not stop at what he has been so stuck in over the past many years — dictatorship in the Philippines, something that we know is a lie in the present time — he would have a better understanding of what I truly stand for”.

Walden could never be like Sara. They live in two different worlds. Walden in the safety of academic campuses and pursuance of an irrelevant ideology while Sara in the real world. As the surveys show Sara is on a straight path to the vice presidency, while Walden is consigned to defeat.

READ: Bello has right to express his views even if worthless

Spare the PWDs, Mr Alvarez!

The campaign of Partido Reporma in Davao took a bad turn when its President, Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez went berserk, cussing a vice gubernatorial candidate of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago and describing him as a “special and autistic child”.

The person he is referring to is De Carlo “Oyo” Uy, who is the President and Chief Operating Officer of a business conglomerate of the Uy brothers.

Oyo, as he is popularly known, nurtured the Davao Metro Shuttle which started off with just 90 units that ply between Davao City and Tagum to 400 buses today servicing the Davao Region, Caraga Region, BARMM, and all the way to Eastern  Visayas Region. He was also the big boss of Metro Gear Construction Corporation an ISO-certified firm. Definitely, a no small feat compared to Bebot’s political adventurism.

Oyo was on top of a business conglomerate for almost 15 years punctuated only when he ran and won as councilor of Tagum City.

The young corporate man who was belittled by ex-Speaker Bebot Alvarez as autistic was the Most Outstanding Councilor of Davao Region and was a finalist in the Philippines Most Outstanding Councilor, a search conducted by the Philippines Jaycees in cooperation with then Sen. Ed Angara.

Bebot spewed out his tirade against persons with disability in his closing remarks during the campaign event attended by some 1,000 Partido Reporma members held in Panabo City last week.  Davao-based parents with special children aired their contempt against the former Speaker.

Persons with disabilities of Davao are not happy with the insults they got from Bebot and might file complaints in CHR and COMELEC. PWD Philippines, a non-government organization, dubbed Alvarez’s rant as “an affront to all parents of children with autism”. 

Despite the public condemnation, however, the event is still running a live stream on the official Facebook page of presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo Lacson. I cannot comprehend why both Lacson and Tito Sotto who were present during the event could countenance this.

Alvarez is seeking re-election as a congressman in the 1st District of Davao del Norte. Some of his allies had cut their ties from him when he quit as a member of PDP-Laban and resuscitated the moribund Partido Reporma. He then launched an attack on Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte calling his government a failure.

Last photo of Bebot Alvarez visiting Manny Pacquiao before the campaign period started.

Among his allies severed their ties with the former House Speaker were Rep. Alan Dujali of the 2nd District and incumbent Vice Gov. Rey Uy, father of Oyo Uy. VG Rey has filed his candidacy for Mayor of Tagum City under HnP.

What worries Bebot is that 20 out of 23 barangay captains of Tagum who supported him in 2019 are no longer batting for him. They have joined HnP of Davao City Mayor and Vice Presidential bet Inday Sara Duterte, who, like her teammate Bongbong Marcos, leads in all surveys.

The 1st District of Davao del Norte is composed of Tagum the capital city and five municipalities. The registered voters of the district in 2019 totaled to 301,000 and 154,000 of these are from Tagum.

The town of Asuncion with 36,000 electorates is also an HnP bastion. Any way Alvarez looks at these political realities obtaining in the first District there is no escaping the fact that it will be an uphill battle for him.      

Losing the support of VG Rey Uy and the 20 barangay captains could really make Bebot Alvarez lose his balance but cursing persons with disabilities and using gutter language is not the way to win votes. Sadly the tolerance of Lacson and Sotto of this despicable display meanness does not sit well with hundreds of thousands of PWDs who are registered voters and parents who raised them to be productive citizens.

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