The Town Of Bulan Is Different

Or, Reprisal-Free Bulan Politics

 by jun asuncion

Linking Bulan Observer to Bulan-LGU Website is a sign of maturity-  for both. Maturity because it is all about constructive dialogue, maturity because it is about public service and transparency, maturity because it is about democracy.

We cannot expect perfection from both of these Bulan platforms yet we strive to make them the best they possibly can be within our own Bulan concept of democracy. Democracy is best experienced in a town level for people still know each other. While  in the national level democracy is being insulted or abraded by some egoistic figures or polarized by crab mentality, Schadenfreude, envy and rancor, we Bulaneños have the chance to prove to the whole Philippines that we value town  democracy and constitutional rights and respect our own people.

Democracy offers us options on how to relate to things that matter to us in Bulan. We can cast our ballot secretly for instance but a useful debate must be public. And- in this kind of debate-  identity matters.

Hence, anonymity- though a democratic right or prerogative-  loses also its effectiveness in some democratic processes like civil discourse. Now that politics, business and social life have been “uploaded” on-line, human emotions and attitudes have also been uploaded on-line and mostly they are protected by anonymity when it comes to messages of  hate, back-biting or recrimination.

 Still, it is rude and irresponsible, vindictive in motive or perhaps cowardly when one hides behind anonymity when engaging in a discourse or publishing a claim,  particularly when one is criticising or attacking somebody. Nevertheless, I still support the right to anonymity when posting  general comments or comments that are emphatic yet  grounded  and in context and  not directly offensive against anyone in Bulan. However, a signed comment is still the best.

On the other hand, when people choose to hide their identity when talking politics, it is also indicative of fear of reprisal  which is understandable within the Philippine political context in general. Again, this should be a great chance for Bulan to show to the whole Philippines that we are different from the rest in this respect. Since Bulan is now also uploaded online, we hope that the LGU- Bulan Website and all other sites involving Bulan will contribute to our goal of reprisal-free Bulan politics and that this will be made manifest in the way Bulaneños involve themselves in our dialogue.

It is a courageous step forward for the LGU-Bulan to integrate critical voices of Bulan by linking Bulan Observer to its official site. In this manner, the LGU-Bulan has protected itself from any future criticism of being one-sided and not open for dialogue with its constituents at home and abroad. It is a sign that the incumbent Mayor Helen De Castro is for progress and constructive dialogue.

Bulan Observer is not against the idea of government. Its goal has been clearly defined from  the very beginning. And it is not about me or about the authors, contributors and commenters but is about working together for a brighter Bulan.

I’ve read all the entries in this Bulaneño Blog where it talked about the Bulan Terminal and the corresponding  Commission On Audit COA Special Report. I leave it as it is and found it wiser not to engage in dialogue with it  nor link it in Bulan Observer for the very reason that the authorship is unknown. Or  if it is because of the fear of reprisal- real or imagined-  that he chooses to be incognito, then I suppose it is better  for him to stop his activity so that he will live a normal life without such kind of fear or fear of being outed, i.e., exposed sooner or later. We know that constant fear is detrimental to mental and physical health.  But that’s his decision. That it had not published until now the LGU-Bulan’s  response through Mr. Gilana was in a way expected and also an attest to this Blog’s refusal of democratic dialogue. Again, identity matters in some issues, whereas anonymity protects yet, in some cases, renders a claim or argument not worthy of discussion or consideration. A serious democracy- let us not forget- is about fairness and  transparency.


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    Bulan, Sorsogon, December 2, 2009: The filing of the certificates of candidacy for the national and local elections in the May 10, 2010 automated election officially closed at 12:00 midnight of December 1, 2009.

    Bulan Comelec Officer Ma. Claire Salut-Laceda furnished the Municipal Information Office the list of those who filed their certificates of candidacy for the various local positions.

    Here’s a summary of the list of the local candidates:

    Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party:

    Mayor: Helen C. De Castro(incumbent)
    Vice-Mayor: Manuel D. Gogola(incumbent)
    De Castro, Guillermo, Jr. C.(incumbent)
    Dellomas, Jolife L.(incumbent)
    Delmonte, Luis C.(Zone 4 capitan)
    Gerona, Simplicio U.(incumbent)
    Engr. Gigantone, Ronnie L.
    Guran, Patricia L.(incumbent)
    Hao, Bernard H.(incumbent Board Member)
    Tan, Jose G.(former councilor)

    Aksyon Demokratiko/Liberal Party

    Mayor: Cesar O. Gogola
    Vice-Mayor: Crisostomo G. Gotladera
    Alcantara, Noli G.(former councilor)
    Asuncion Angelito Xavier L.
    Diesta, Arque DV
    Evasco, Permo E. (San Isidro capitan)
    Porras, Andres G.(former Liga President)

    Kampi Party

    Mayor : Redentor G. Guyala
    Vice-Mayor: Oscar G. Deri (former Board Member)
    Bautista, Ernesto D.
    Boncan, Antonio B.(Gate capitan, incumbent)
    Cano, Vicente A.
    Golloso, Alvin G.
    Grafil, Jose Gunao
    Guray, Gerry G.
    Oseo, Gilbert C.
    Valeriano, Recto G.

    Nacionalista Party:

    Councilor: Que, Roberto, Jr. M.(incumbent)


    Burias, Elmer C.(incumbent councilor)
    Dellomas-Fundano, Joy L.(former Board Member)
    Robles, Marnellie B.

    Gernale, Arturo G.
    Gocoyo, Ronaldo M. (former councilor, Lakas-Kampi, De Castro wing)
    Grafil, Jose Golloso
    Uy, Louie S.

    Meanwhile, the Municipal Information Officer was able to obtain a partial list of candidates in the Provincial and District Levels.


    1. Incumbent Governor Sally A. Lee (of Sorsogon City) Lakas-Kampi-CMD

    2. Incumbent II District Congressman Jose G. Solis(of Bulan), Kampi Party

    3. Ramon Gallinera(of Bulusan)


    1. Former Mayor Guillermo O. De Castro, Sr.(of Bulan), Lakas-Kampi-CMD

    2. Board Member Rosario Diaz( of Sorsogon City), Kampi Party

    3. Former Vice Gov. Antonio Escudero(of Casiguran), Nationalist People’s Coalition

    4. Former Mayor Nida Gamos( of Sta. Magdalena)

    FOR CONGRESSSMAN, First District:

    1. Incumbent Salvador Escudero(of Sorsogon City), Nationalist People’s Coalition

    2. Former Casiguran Mayor Edwin Hamor(of Casiguran), Nacionalista Party

    FOR CONGRESSMAN, Second District:

    1. Flor Solis(of Bulan), Kampi Party

    2. Former PCSO Gen Mgr. Ricardo G. Golpeo(of Bulan), NPC

    3. Dr. Sappho Gillego-Ong (of Bulan), Independent

    4. Cyril Ramos (of Gubat)

    5. Mayor Deogracias Ramos (of Gubat)

    6. Judge Escalante (of Gubat)

    7. Incumbent Board Member Arze Glipo((Irosin)

    8. Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayko

    Certificates of candidacy have also been filed with the Provincial COMELEC for the Provincial Board positions.

    In Bulan, the three independent candidates for Vice-Mayor, Elmer Burias, Joy Dellomas-Fundano and Marnellie Ballesteros-Robles have all decided to adopt incumbent mayor Helen De Castro as his/her mayoralty candidate.

    A total of 42,987 voters have been registered by Bulan COMELEC. There are 265 precincts which shall be clustered to 83 polling precincts during the May 2010 elections.

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