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November 16, 2012 12:56 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

THE BUZZER of 2013 elections has already sounded. It gives a strong signal for the most awaited battle of the giants in the province of Iloilo. The perceived battle is not a royal rumble of political kingpins but the alliance of five against one.

One of the five defending the Capitol is not a warrior but an emperor. He is Sen. Franklin M. Drilon, the one who contacted the three warring warlords to unite under one roof to defeat their lone-enemy who wants to conquer the Kingdom by the River.

The lone warrior in this 2013 battle is Cong. Ferj Biron of the Fourth District of Iloilo. His three strong opponents are Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. from the Third District, former Gov. Niel Tupas Sr. from the Fifth District and the warlord of the First District, Cong. Oscar Garin.

The 2013 election results could also be a crystal ball of the presidential battle in 2016. As noted, Sen. Drilon was accompanied by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas in coming to Iloilo City just to unite the three warring groups into one under the banner of the Liberal Party. So, there are five of them now against one!

Recent report suggests that Sen. Drilon (branded by the media as one of “Three Musketeers” in Iloilo City) held a secret meeting with Tupas, Garin and Defensor until a decision to unite was forged. Tupas agreed, but no reason cited!

Besides, Sec. Roxas disliked Cong. Biron. It is understandable because of their different views on the Cheaper Medicines Act where they both had their own versions. Another factor is the fact that Biron is running under the UNA party of Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay, the perceived opponent of Sec. Roxas in 2016.

The alliance of the three political warlords has gauged the parameters of Tupas’ patience and tolerance as human being. This test of life can make him bitter or a better subordinate. Thousands of souls in this system became utterly destitute. The destitute destined to serve.

Herds of destitute are easily pacified by offer of enticing alternatives. We know that this is not what Tupas expects to happen in his political career after a long preparation. But everything happens for a reason, whatever it is, just guess the rest!

Whoever planned this scenario may be happy of the result. But he should know that it is only for him and the big fat boss where this unity is good. So, it is true, fear not the devil you knew but the devil you don’t!

Every leader in public office deserves respect. But they also need critics and flocks of readers who gauge and appreciate their efforts as public servants. The stooges of Sen. Drilon and Sec. Roxas must not take the people for granted. No matter how the people loved them, people also get tired!

Sec. Roxas may do everything to prevent the victory of Cong. Biron. The use of police and military power is an option. But it will only have a bad result for the three stooges. If the 2013 election is marred by violence, the torture of a bad conscience is the hell of their living souls!

The burning desire of a candidate to serve his people with dignity can be seen in the eyes of Cong. Biron. He is young, energetic and speaks with sincerity. His old opponents should know that death is not the greatest loss of life. The greatest loss of life is what dies inside us while we still live!

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