Egay Uy .
MANY may be wondering why or how The Oscar survived the onslaught of political harassment and persecution by those in the other side of the fence. Well, the explanation is simple but it may appear complicated to some others.
The Oscar is not a saint. In fact, no one among us is. He is a mortal and a sinner much as those who spend their time vilifying and continuously persecuting him. He is no exception and they, too, are no exceptions.
What makes The Oscar different from those on the other side of the political fence is that he is a statesman, not purely a politician. As a statesman, he focuses on matters that advance the common good, the general welfare. He empowers as he leads by serving. He is also a visionary – always looking at the bigger picture that depicts years ahead of our time – the future generation.
He is good at looking for solutions rather than wince at problems before him. He expects his alter egos to make the job in support of the directions he has set and policy statements he has made. And he is good at reading people, their capabilities, and their aspirations.
Purely politicians on the other hand are thought of as a people who will say or do anything to get elected or to gain power, including spreading fake records and lies about accomplishments. Politicians also often resort to maligning the person of those in the opposing side to advance their personal interest. As The Oscar has put it, “It is not my cup of tea.”
Yes, indeed, The Oscar’s cup of tea is to make others taste the elusive real public service that elective and appointive public officials ought to deliver. His cup of tea is to give back to the people what they have contributed to the government in terms of taxes through better public services. His cup of tea is to serve the people the best way possible.
As The Oscar would capsulize it:
“Ang kalipay ninyo, ang kalipay sa katawhan ma-o ra ang akong inspirasyon. Time will come when people will no longer remember us. But what is important is during our time we have done our best and the best still is being pushed not only by our children but by future generations to come.”
(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.)