12 March 2007

'Abang' and the week that was

THE INQUIRER editorial on San Fernando Mayor Sabas "Abang" Mabulo's bid against Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo, Jr. dominated last week's airwaves as well as the front and opinion pages of local papers.

For all indication, Mabulo's longshot candidacy is tapping into a powerful emotional wellspring that defies conventional thinking: whether it is powerful enough to overturn the wishes of Camarines Sur's political gods, all the way to Malacañang, remains to be seen.

For instance, Johnny Escandor's piece that appeared in today's issue of the Inquirer already came out in page 2 of Bicol Mail (again, still unavailable online); but the editors decided to put in the front page Atty. Stephen Sergio's piece entitled "Mayor Mabulo: A Don Quixote or a David against Goliath?"

Sergio started by quoting the Inquirer editorial, especially the three compelling reasons why Dato should not run unopposed, and added a fourth:

Dato Arroyo, and this has never been publicly denied, came to enrol at the Ateneo de Naga because he was "kicked in" from the Ateneo de Manila: that is to say, he did not meet the requisite academic standards there so he was given a chance to enroll in other Ateneo schools.
Sergio ended by pointing out Bikol's tradition of going against the grain when the occasion demands: together with Cavite, it is the only province that Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo won against Manuel L. Quezon; Juan Triviño's giant-killing ways against then incumbent Gov. Jose del Gallego and President Quirino's LP machinery; only to get a dose of his own medicine when he, and the NP machinery that he built as incumbent, was upset by the much-maligned Apolonio Maleniza onboard his solitary honky-tonk jeep; and when Camarines Sur gave Cory Aquino the biggest majority proportionwise during the 1986 snap polls.

He ended with this (prophetic?) gem:
Even now I can hear the battlecry: "Get the cash, but vote Sabas." Or in the language of the long-suffering Bicolano masses of the first district: An cuarta sa bulsa, an voto ki Mabulo."
Expectedly, the Bicol Mail editorial endorsed Abang, not only as the better choice but "as true defender of participative democracy and the people's right of suffrage that we Bicolanos must nurture." Retired judge Fronying Maristela said Abang is more than equal to the task of representing the first district in Congress. Bikol Reporter's op-ed says: "Dapat gabos may kalaban" (there must always be an opponent) under a democratic system and hails Abang for his principled politics.

Bicol Mail also bannered Supreme Court's decision to void the Comelec ruling unseating incumbent Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal in favor of losing bet Michael Imperial, paving the way for a return bout in that city by Mayon. Saint John Hospital is in trouble after its medical director resigned, the latest among a rash of resignations that hit the medical institution.

Vox Bikol says the region will get a total of P8 billion in calamity fund, which will be exempted from the election ban. Its editorial worries it will end up as calamitous "discretionary funds" that will aid in the reelection of incumbent officials.

In the punditocracy, Bicol Mail's Sandy Vargas writes from his own experience with, and rues political patronage thumping meritocracy at the Camarines Sur State Agricultural College, causing demoralization and division of ranks. Vox Bikol's Bernadette Gavino-Gumba focuses on Masbate in what promises to be her own series on poverty in the Bikol provinces. Bikol Blogger Rizaldy Manrique recounts a successful poetry-reading session at University of Nueva Caceres called "Ratsada 2007: Sarong Hapon nin Rawit-Dawit" -- featuring translated classics as well as original Bikolano pieces by the best bards of Bikolandia. Abdon Balde, Jr. meanwhile writes a naughty poem about a fighting cock that has seen better days.

In bloglandia, Gibbs Cadiz takes on Bill Shimizu's EDSA recollection, and launches into the first part of his "yellow fever" affliction. Bill, on the other hand, traces a poignant love story that explains why he is "Made in Japan." Part 3 of of Dave Oliva's not-really-Ragnarok Fantasia is already up. Irvin Sto. Tomas compares the ongoing Senate race and Season 2 of the Pinoy Big Brother and finds both to be wanting. Kristian Cordero's new poems here and here shows why he is Bikol's leading poet today. And Donald Bercasio recounts a most interesting encounter with historian Danilo Gerona.


Joel said...

Do you think there is a quid pro quo in the Bicol Mail/Bikol Reporter' op-ed and its absence online?

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Hi Joel: I think it has something to do more with the lack of appreciation of the internet's potential than anything else, especially in regard to Bicol Mail.

Because of the election season, there is an unusually high demand for printing jobs, and that is probably what's taking the bulk of Goldprint's attention, thereby spreading its staff too thin.

But on the balance, I think it is not an excuse; these local papers owe their readers stable online presence once a decision is made, no ifs or buts.

mlq3 said...

don't know where that information came from. MLQ lost in three provinces out of a total of 50 provinces in 1935: Cavite (to Aguinaldo), and Ilocos Norte and Nueva Vizcaya (to Aglipay) (see Carlos Quirino, p. 280).

Nostalgia Manila said...

Congratulations for being nominated.

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Hi Manolo: I'll relay your concern to the author, Attorney Sergio, via Bicol Mail.

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Hi Nostalgia: I really wanted to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, except that I nominated myself.:)

Kapal, 'no?

dave (",) said...

Thanks again for the promotion! This part's rather bland. I think I'll just decorate it with snatched Ragnarok pics (which would also maintain the ruse, haha).

Nice historical tidbits you got from Bicol Mail, although some details are being contested. Makes me proud of my Bicolano heritage.

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Dave: Imagine what we can do if all 23 volumes of the Bicol Mail were available online. And what if the venerable Balalong, and Naga Times before it, and the other local newspapers I don't even know about are also accessible through the internet?

Wouldn't that be wonderful? Maybe a Google-like initiative involving local libraries will do the trick. Any ideas how we can make this happen?

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