Egay Uy .
AS if adapting itself with the rising temperature lately, the election fever is also getting hotter. Mudslinging and false and imagined accusations have also escalated and are aimed not only on the principals – the candidates – but also on their supporters. And worse, those who engage in such unprofessional tactics are themselves gross and unsavoury, to say the least. Well, trolls also abound.
Choosing which candidate or party or group to support is a matter of personal decision. The choice may be based on criteria being suggested by interested and supposedly apolitical groups, and those whose ultimate interest is the betterment of our communities.
But there are others who want to ram their choices into the throat of others, assuming that their choices are the best in the crop. Well, everyone, I guess, believes that his or her choice is the best there is. But this is not always the case.
There are those who choose based on biases. There are those who choose because of blind obedience. And there are those who choose after a well-considered selection process. And all of those who choose will always say their choices are the best among the best.
Obviously, there are those who choose wrongly because they believe too much on fake news and consistent vilification campaign. There are those who choose because they get paid for the services they render for certain candidates. And there are those who choose because they, at one time or another, received gifts and some form of assistance from the candidates of their choice.
Of course, there are those who choose because they are fully convinced they are choosing the right candidates, candidates who are not only committed to render public service but who are also qualified to take the reins of government effectively and efficiently.
In my case, I choose candidates whom I believe are competent to do the job they are applying for – the public office they are seeking. I choose candidates whose performance records precede them, either as public servants or in their private endeavors.
I choose candidates whom I believe can effectively take Cagayan de Oro City to its envisioned progressive reality because as my choice has said, “… the best still is being pushed not only by our children but future generations to come.”
That’s why and how I chose Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Vice Mayor Kikang Uy.
Now, make your choice.
(Egay Uy is a lawyer. He chairs the City’s Regulatory and Complaint Board, co-chairs with the city mayor the City Price Coordinating Council, and chairs the city’s Joint Inspection Team. He retired as a vice president of Cepalco.)