Bencyrus Ellorin .
VILIFICATION campaigns are vile, evil because they do not have positive values or follow some ethical standards.
A vilification campaign or any campaign for that matter reflects the character of the campaigner or their principal.
Mayor Oscar Moreno has been subjected to vilification campaign from Day 1 when he took the helm of City Hall in 2013.
This reflects the character of the loser politician. One, he is so addicted to power; second, he has no respect for the will of the people; third, he is on a prolonged state of denial. Without offering any proof, this loser politician continues to say he had been “robbed.”
Truth is, he was beaten in a fair election, not once but twice.
Like a broken record, the narrative of this politician is “kurakot ang mayor.” He instructed his minions to file multiple cases.
Following their message, they propagated the wrong idea that in government procurement process, if there is no bidding, the procurement must be irregular.
They had a cooperative ombudsman whose decisions has been stayed by the Court of Appeals on merit issues. Now, the battleground is the Sandiganbayan for the criminal aspect of the cases they filed.
As due course to the legal suit, any accused has to be arraigned or read the charges, and declare in open court either admission or denial of guilt. Guilt will then have to be proven by evidence beyond reasonable doubt.
True again to the core message, they again spinned the news, as if arraignment is a postive development to their malicious suit or a negative blow to the defense. Wrong. Trial is just about to start, where everything is assumed fair and just, with no one assumed to have an advantage. If fact, there is that presumption of innocence.
But what can we expect from the loser politician? You cannot extract blood from a tulip. You cannot expect magnanimity from a bitter loser.
When Mayor Moreno ran for election against the backdrop of these cases and dismissals, I wrote he would get reelected on his own merits.
Despite the decisive votes he got in 2016, which actually is also a statement the people took notice of his performance, the loser politician is still wallowing in bitterness, refusing to move on.
Now, we are again in an election season. From the looks of it, the people of Cagayan de Oro haved moved on with the progress presided by the mayor.
What they thought three years ago as a sinking ship is now firing on all engines.
There should be no doubt, Mayor Moreno will survive this other chapter of political persecution.
No worries about the loser politician. No high expectations also. They will continue to vile, vile and vile.
(Bencyrus Ellorin is a former journalist with experience in managing and editing online news portals here and abroad. He is now a public relations consultant and political campaigner. One of the social media groups he co-administered was a finalist in Globe’s Tatt award in 2012.)