Whistling in the Dark


By Oliver Geronilla


From where I am, I can sense that Bulan politics is so still you could hear a pin drop. The pledge to be transparent, the enthusiasm to inform and be informed have all vanished into thin air–perhaps corked in the trapos’ bottles of potions only to be reopened when it’s time to bewitch the electorate again.

Something’s wrong. This silence needs to be broken lest we be accused of being privy to whatever plot is being brewed by these political wizards and witches. This is the point when silence is no longer golden. It reeks of many things that you and I are both wary of—secrecy, muted whimpers, and God forbid… a whole new world of shenanigans!

Just a few more weeks, the year will be over. And yet, nothing significant has transpired in the way hits and misses in local governance are regularly reported to the people of Bulan. Well, fair do’s, at least its official website has been recently tweaked making it technically no longer dormant. Thanks to Tinker Bell! But, by golly, it still bears the same news items that netizens have probably read and reread to their boredom. To make things worse, count how many times the mayor’s picture “graced” the welcome page. Has the moon’s gravity paralyzed the mighty brains and hands of our local heralds? Or have they been gagged by the powers that be?

Whatever the case may be, it still puzzles me why this is happening when I suppose there’s enough manpower to do this job. It doesn’t take a genius to write what we see, hear, and feel. We’re not asking for brilliantly written pieces; we’re asking for reports, for observations, for stories decently written that can fill the vacuum of emptiness that make one stop thinking the world has come to a halt—in Bulan.

Personally, I want to go home, go around the town, and gather some news just for me to have a springboard. But do I really have to do them? For sure, columnists don’t go to Iraq or to North Korea just to get some juicy pieces of information for their articles. For sure, they can have the needed information to put substance into what they write without hopping from one place to another.

Hence, it bothers me that I can write commentaries about Southeast Asian affairs at a drop of a hat, but I can never write a piece about my own hometown. I can’t … because I rely mostly on cyber news. And there’s nothing much and there’s nothing new that we can read about our town through the world wide web. That’s for sure.

So, let me propose one thing: let’s all write. It might be daunting at first, but when we get the hang of it—perhaps through trial and error or dedicated mentoring—everything will just go smoothly.

By writing down our “observations,” we can subtly change the course of events in our town. It’s not tilting at windmills. In fact, it’s doing our share.

Silence is not what we need now. Make noise. Let’s write.


2 thoughts on “Whistling in the Dark

  1. Whistling in the dark …and blowin’ in the wind ?

    Asked about his song Blowing In The Wind sometime in June 1962, Dylan said :”

    There ain’t too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind. It ain’t in no book or movie or TV show or discussion group. Man, it’s in the wind—and it’s blowing in the wind. Too many of these hip people are telling me where the answer is but oh I won’t believe that. I still say it’s in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some …But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know …and then it flies away… I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many …You people over 21, you’re older and smarter..”

    Well, if I would dare to pick up the answer as Dylan says, the answer to this sound of silence in Bulan would be that election was over and with it the noises of the big promises they made to the people of Bulan and even to the readers of Bulan Observer and Bulan Website that they would regularly update them with news and information about the progress of their work.

    Where is this promise of being transparent as Oliver has observed? On the contrary, transparency seems to have been blown by the wind that there’s nothing left for us than to whistle in the dark.

    Taking all things known into account, the De Castros’ message is that they are users and nothing else. One argument is this: Knowing that Bulan Observer was becoming popular, they started their website and offered to include the link to BO. After that, months -and even days- before the May 10 election, they used Bulan Observer to publish their messages of promises to the people of Bulan where to a point I even found myself acting like a secretary to Tony Boy Gilana trying to edit his sent articles the way that he wanted them to appear at BO. After the election, the last thing that they published here was about their victory and then nothing else and they changed the appearance of the website and removed the link to Bulan Observer.

    And then I once sent an email to Tony Boy Gilana in connection with my article about the Asuncions’ story and he totally ignored it, no scholarly reply until now.

    This is a clear message that they only think and act to their advantage, the reason why I somehow pity Bulan. Hence, the logic of greed (a phrase I have long avoided to use) is indeed still very much alive in the present administration.

    So here we are again, back to our element. I therefore agree to Oliver’s warning that:

    “Something’s wrong. This silence needs to be broken lest we be accused of being privy to whatever plot is being brewed by these political wizards and witches. This is the point when silence is no longer golden. It reeks of many things that you and I are both wary of—secrecy, muted whimpers, and God forbid… a whole new world of shenanigans!”

    I join him in asking concerned Tagabulans to write down their observations here and make them known to many before the logic of greed brings greater damages again to our town.

  2. pinoy voters nationwide are fools to believed for ages on stereotyped- political-pre election promises. bulan is just an example represented by mr TBG and his masters.

    pero mamundu talaga isip isipon na para sa kasakiman nyan sa sadiri na pagpadaghan sin botantes sa nakaagi na eleksyon na gamiton pa ini na website sa kabuwaan man lang san kanira intensyon. kontra ini sa kanira paborito na taramon san Mayo-electionfever- chanting over and over again: “papadabaon an mga nagmamalasakit na tagabulan”! Kasiram bation. Masakit pagtindugan. Pagkatapos san eleksyon, limot na naman sira sa mga tuga tugaan pambata.
    Bata batuta!

    more power pa gihapon sa B.O. tabi!

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