Good morning Mr. President
and also to my fellow Honorable Board Members;
Allow me to take this
privilege to address to this August body a certain concern about the
status and prevailing condition of our Sanggunian.
I know very well that I am
not as assertive as most of my colleagues are and I may not that
vocal in every session that we have… yet I have been very keenly
observant in each of our proceedings.
I would like this august
body to understand that the series of events that has happened in
this very place is becoming a hindrance for our unity as an
honorable and respected body that are supposed to protect and bring
forth common good and general welfare to our province, those events
hampers us to move forward and thus preventing each one of us to
bind and sit-down peacefully for the advantage of our constituents.
The events particularly
the walk-outs, unhealthy arguments that took place right before the
eyes of the people inside and outside this session hall, the
aggravating issues taken from our sessions that were exposed thru
the media, TV, radio, and even on Facebook are very disturbing and
that diminishes our credibility as legislators, and that diminishes
the hope of our fellow Samarnons towards us, that even diminishes
our worth as a person.
Allow me to make it clear
to everybody that I honor our leaders for it is lawful according to
the word of God and that does not mean that I can be deceived, my
heart is for the welfare and development of our province and I will
do all it takes to make it happen in an honorable, just, and
righteous way possible. I would only want to address to this body
that I ran for position enable to maximize my potentials in the name
of transparency and accountability for good governance.
It is a very sad reality
though that our attitudes are affecting many people, many Samarnons,
and particularly as to how they see us as their leaders. May I
remind this body that our fellow Samarnons are desiring and wanting
to see us uniting, working together objectively, and respecting each
I don’t intend to act as a
perfect person but I just would only like to encourage all of us in
this august body to start afresh settling every issue that needs to
be settled specifically our committees; and if it is not much to ask
let us ask forgiveness from one another for bringing such
inconvenience. Let us stop using people and the media for our own
interest and be determined to express the truth for I firmly believe
what the bible says that the truth shall set us free.
To our friends from the
media I urge you to conduct investigative journalism, be our vessels
of balance news and information; be our guide towards the truth. Do
not allow that your profession be used by other people’s personal
promotion, but be discerning enough to unveil what are only
beneficial and useful for our people’s consumption.
To my fellow legislators,
our days as elected officials are counted for only 3 years so let us
make the most and the best out of it. Let us not waste the remaining
time of our term for such unnecessary arguments and let us prevent
ourselves for being lenient or easygoing, let us stop ourselves for
causing pain to our fellowmen and let us start to act-out the highly
respected call to lead, to approve what is only beneficial for all,
to respect and understand each other’s difference and capacities
whether vocal or silent, to honor all authorities, to serve our
fellow-Samarnons, and most importantly to bring glory to our Divine
Master --- our God.
Thank you and a blessed
day to all!