Egay Uy .
THE result of the May 13 elections merely confirms the maturity of the Kagay-anon voter, and we have seen that mudslinging and obstructionism will certainly collapse over performance.
As I write this, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not yet proclaimed the victors in the May 13 polls but the handwriting is already on the wall.
Despite the unrelenting mudslinging, lies, and malicious lies peddled, the people still voted into office the incumbent mayor, Oscar S. Moreno, the incumbent vice mayor Kikang Uy, and 14 of the 16 candidates for city councilors of the administration, the Team OKKA.
Mind you, the goal of an eleven-zero victory in each district was almost attained. District 1 scored 10 of 11 while District 2 had nine of eleven or an overall achievement of 85 percent. This, despite the black propaganda, the propagation of fake news, release of fake decisions and resolutions, and the constant bombardment of negative campaigning against The Oscar and the other candidates of Team OKKA.
But the people stood their ground. They preferred performance over mudslinging. They preferred concrete results over too-good-to-be-true promises. The people preferred sincerity over politicking.
There are good reasons why the campaign was for a 20-0 victory. It was not because of the personalities involved. It was not meant to absolutely control the local government. Rather, it was because the vision of Team OKKA was trained beyond 2022 – the realization of the metropolization of Cagayan de Oro City which will be attained through the continuance of the journey that the city has started.
It is not unknown to us that whenever a new set of public officials who come from the other side of the fence assume office, the successes of the previous administration are almost always relegated to the side lines which is a waste of public funds.
Team OKKA will continue to bring Cagayan de Oro City to a better tomorrow and create a better world for everyone – our children and the future generations.
As Mayor Oscar Moreno said, “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 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.)