Or: The Phases or Forms Of Bulan
“It’s for us some kind of public service. Mayor reads the mails you know. And she’s very open-minded. And we have read many suggestions already, she has been doing her best to respond by way of action, which we don’t need to constantly publicize, though it’s necessary sometimes. Anyway, she has her semestral report to the people of Bulan. ”
This is an excerpt from Tonyboy’s letter to the readers of Bulan Observer. Now, I think I am justified to wait and expect the publication of the mentioned semestral report to the people of Bulan. This is part and parcel of public service- of informing the people and of being accountable to the promises made. I also expect some answers to the questions posed earlier by Mr. Rudyb regarding the management concepts of the LGU-Bulan. His questions are of public interest, nothing malicious about them, so it’s just right to respond to the queries of a concerned citizen. If the administration were now content with Mr. Guyala’s silent response to the harsh criticisms hurled at him in this site and therefore finds it no longer necessary to respond to our questions, then we might rightly assume that, in these times when people from the office of the mayor were visiting Bulan Observer, they did it only for their own self-preservation. Shall we be adjusting their campaign slogan then to fit it properly to their behavior in case our assumption is true ? Should it be something like this: “An Kaayadan mi, Obligasyon mi”? (reminds me of the beatle’s song “I, Me, Mine”.)
Attybenji and Mr. Carizo are right to acknowledge that the office of the mayor is watching us from a distance, as Tonyboy writes, “Mayor reads the mails you know, and she has been doing her best to respond by way of action, which we don’t need to constantly publicize, though it’s necessary sometimes”. I respect this and expect that we are both in the opinion that a semestral report to the people is necessary to be publicized. Not publishing such a document would naturally reinforce our assumption that our LGU- Bulan is an “I, Me, Mine Administration”. We are hoping that you correct this unhealthy assumption of ours. It’s part of your-welfare-is my concern-leadership.
Bulan Observer is a mission launched to watch our town from a distance, if we mean by it non-partisanship. As we have defined from the very beginning, the authors, contributors and readers of this site are interested only in facts and arguments that bring our town and town people forward- politically, morally, socially, culturally and by hard work , patience and teamwork, surely also economically, in the long run. It is our foremost objective to spread a healthy and responsible political and democratic consciousness to the people of Bulan in the years to come. With the rest, I’ll continue and will never abandon this mission in the years ahead. Part of our task is to induce morally upright citizens of Bulan to take the courage to be more active in shaping the future form of Bulan. (about form: it’s the simple imagery I’m using which is based on the 5 phases or forms of the real Bulan (moon) above: 1) the new moon -which is also called the dark moon-, 2) the waxing crescent, 3) the first quarter, 4) waxing Gibbous and finally 5) the Fullmoon.). I do hope that Bulan will not remain between the new moon and the waxing crescent forms forever! Our striving is for the Fullmoon, for a brighter Bulan!