March 27, 2023

Mayor Benjamin Magalong appealed to residents to concentrate on the ongoing efforts to control the coronavirus disease.

“It saddens me that amidst the health crisis that we are confronted with, some people still have the temerity to talk politics,” he said.

He said these people had “dared to remind me either subtly or openly of my supposed political obligations to them: ‘Mayor, huwag mo kaming kakalimutan alalahanin mo sinuportahan ka namin. Baka magtampo kami sa iyo, makalimutan ka namin.’”

“It is disheartening and downright infuriating to hear these words uttered amid a raging war against an unseen yet insidious enemy;

“For the past weeks, we have been exerting our utmost efforts to lay down all possible systems to protect our constituency from the contagion. This we did with nary a thought to please or return favor to anybody;

“I made a commitment. I will always do what is right for the people of Baguio. We were never selective in everything that we do. All I wanted is to prevent the further transmission of the virus while ensuring the steady provision of the basic needs of the community. After all, this virus does not choose its victims;

“Political advancement is the farthest thing in our mind right now. We have a virus to conquer and a city to protect. So we appeal to our people: Set aside politics and for once do as humans do – care and overcome.” – Aileen P. Refuerzo