Issue of March 10, 2019
Mt. Province

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My naughty barkadas claim thatpromises are truly meant to be broken especially by vote-hungry politicos. They stupidly point out that after all the hee-hawing and braggadocio of some honorable local officials led by a “chairman for life” crying to the heights of heaven and the depths of hell that those running for national offices in the midterm elections will not be, repeat, not be allowed to join the Panagbenga’s main parades, what happened? Lo and behold, several senatorial bets were seen front and center among parade participants waving crazily to the crowd. Once again, what happened? Don’t the promises of some of our honorable leaders mean anything anymore? My idiotic friends ask this near-sighted Ibaloy writer.

As usual, I just smiled and immediately distanced myself from these drunken friends of mine. I may be a coward but I’m not stupid. As a long-time and forever rank-and-file employee, I have learned that it is wise and practical to just grin and bear it.

For the record, I absolutely know nothing of what my naughty barkadas are talking about. I need my job. Happy Panagbingay, oops, I mean Panagbenga to everyone.

FYI: Mayor Mauricio Domogan administered the oath-taking of the officers and members of the Baguio City Human Rights Action Team during flag-raising rites at City Hall witnessed by local officials, employees, and guests led by Rep. Mark Go and Commission on Human Rights-Cordillera Director Romel Daguimol.

The team is chaired by City Administrator Carlos Canilao with acting City Legal Officer Melchor Rabanes as co-chairperson. Members include Social Welfare And Development Officer Betty Fangasan, Planning And Development Officer Evelyn Cayat, Health Officer Rowena Galpo, and Schools Division Superintendent Federico Martin.

Also taking their oath are Police Human Rights Affairs Officer Laborah Nabunat, Special Services Division Chief Noel Mabutas, yours truly, Baguio Federation of PWDs President John Paredes, Baguio Center for Young Adults Director Marlene De Castro, Save Our Women Director Patricia Gallardo, and a representative from the senior citizen’s sector among others.

The secretariat is composed of Rhey Delmendo of the Administrator’s Office; Elias Aoanan, Planning and Development Office; and Cynthia Langagan of the Social Welfare and Development Office.

Canilao said the Baguio City Human Rights Action team ensures the mainstreaming of human rights, rule of law, and access to justice in local governance and integration of human rights and access to justice principles in local legislative and executive actions.

“The group also ensures the accountability of local authorities in the promotion, protection and full realization of all human rights and instilling greater public awareness on human rights,” he added.

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Here’s “A Fallen Leaf” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “A trusting little leaf of green,/ A bold audacious frost;/ A rendezvous, a kiss or two,/ And youth for ever lost./ Ah, me!/ The bitter, bitter cost./ A flaunting patch of vivid red,/ That quivers in the sun;/ A windy gust, a grave of dust,/ The little race is run./ Ah, me!/ Were that the only one.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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