Congressional Forum unfolds

THE WILLIAMITE, official publication of Divine Word College of Laoag (DWCL), is holding a congressional forum for contenders in the first district on Feb. 24, Wednesday.  All five candidates—Kris Ablan, Rudy Fariñas, Atong Peralta, Chito Ruiz, and Teteng Sales are expected to participate in this event that will give student leaders, student journalists, professors from different universities in the province, representatives from various sectors, and the general public a chance to discuss salient issues with the contenders.

Only 500 persons can be accommodated at the venue, the newly-opened St. Joseph’s Audtorium at DWCL, so better to make seat reservations should you decide to come.  Contact Jaime Lao, The Williamite’s editor in chief at 09293051987.

Hope you could come, dear karikna, but, if you couldn’t, what questions would you have wanted to ask the candidates?

Author: Herdy La. Yumul

A hesitant academic pimp, writer

31 thoughts on “Congressional Forum unfolds”

  1. I have just one common question for all of them: If ever they will have a seat in the House of Representatives, how will they use their share of the Countryside Development Fund, commonly known as pork barrel?

    Anyway, I just added you as friend on FB, sir.

    1. Thank you for adding, guien. I’ll ask them first if they are in favor of the pork barrel fund which is a grand source of corruption, then I’ll ask your question.

  2. I would like to add these questions.

    There are many obsolete laws which are to be revisited, what law should you want to amend, or repeal?

    What is your take on the amendment of the constitution? Would you dare to amend the bill of right on Freedom of the Press, which will only add the word RESPONSIBLE in it?

    Would you like to file a bill and pass it into law to professionalize Journalism, just like lawyers, accountants and the likes, in order to let only those who will pass the board exam to practice the profession. To let everybody know, only a handful of reporters/broadcasters/columists are now employed by media entities. They are mostly hired under a professional contracts or as talents, bound only by the organization’s code of ethics.

  3. Del, I understand your concerns about media. As with other professions, journalists can be rotten eggs, too. Some are even accepting money from politicians, either because they are underpaid or are just plain greedy (unethical either way).

    I agree with Lee Kuan Yew about Philippine media being a deterrent to development.

    Your inputs are rich and interesting. Thank you.

  4. I agree that all professions have rotten eggs :), and they hide until their smell comes out. Lawyers may be, the number 1, lol.
    But they are still bound by the code of ethics of their profession and can be subjected for license revocation. As for journalists, once they violated the code of ethics of the institution they belong, they can move and practice in another organization.

    Anyway, thanks Herdy! I hope we can have a couple of beer someday. I think it is interesting to have a conversation with you about current events and politics. Always keep us informed on what is happening in our beloved province.

  5. been to the forum and ill be writing something also but i still have to make it substantial.

    Ive never been an election fan, pathetic for a political science major but politicians and campaigning does not help bring out the emo in me.

    i have this great fear of names. the more popular the name the more sinister the bearer of the name and the more capable they are of liquidating me.

    kudos to the williamites and divine and the panels.!

  6. you have an interesting blog here. and your feature on the play Mutya ng Saging by Leoncio Deriada was great. he was by the way my teacher in college at UP. all the best.

    1. thank you, john ryan.

      Wow, nice that L. Deriada was your teacher. We had a lot of fun staging the play… nothing beats the artistic joys of theater.

      Your blog is very profound. Always nice to know young people who are deeply immersed in theory.

  7. i wish i have attended the forum.
    i expect that you will render an issue of the forum this week sir..

    i’ll go for kris ablan

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  9. I heard DWCL will also be organizing a Forum for Gubernatorial Candidates but the two won’t be together.

    Sayang naman. Mas maganda sana kung pareho sila andun.

    Sana mag-organize din and DWCL ng Forum for 2nd District Congressional Candidates.

    Congrats to DWCL for being pro-active in this coming electoral exercises!

  10. On a recent Saturday night, my wife and I visited a Town Center and browsed through several of the stores.

    Since it had been years since I had visited a teen store, I walked into the store and was completely surprised, appalled, and disgusted with the merchandise available. I knew they carried adult items and novelty gifts, but I had no idea the selection was so varied, so explicit, so offensive, and so readily available to anyone who entered the store.

    Both my wife and I are in our 40’s, don’t consider ourselves “prudes” or overly conservative, and believe we have a strong sense of what is appropriate for our two teenage children.

    Neither one of us could believe what was on display and available to any age shopper merely feet from the door at this one. I was sickened thinking our children, as well as every child who visits Town Center, have access to the store and the items on display.

    We truly believe this type of merchandise should be limited to adult oriented stores that have strict age requirements and are closely monitored and regulated.

    If you must, visit the store yourself and observe the items for sale.Please consider taking measures to help eliminate the adult items, products which promote drug usage, and the other offensive merchandise from this business.

    They may be offering these items for sale and staying within the lette of the law, but responsible citizens need to take a stand, change the laws, and reduce or completely eliminate the availability of these items at public and family places such as Town Center

  11. Welcome back to Pinas, joshuabragg. Truly, our country has gone berserk on the open display of sexy magazines, posters, CD/VCDs, condoms, liquors, jueteng bookies, what-u-like items, even at the very noses of police and government officials! The same officials with rhetorics condemning prostitution, yet openly state that their health officials are checking on the cleanliness of the GROs (Guest Relations Officers) at the Red Light district so they are free from VDs. Quite a sickening terminology elevating these entertainers as “Officers”! These “officers” that do not possess any noteworthy virtues!!! We hope that our leaders in government really walk their talk; and the Church leaders blow the Gabriel’s horn for heaven’s intervention…

    1. You made me laugh with your observation, asiong. Entertainers elevated as “officers”, hehehe. Quite a euphemism, eh.

      In Laoag, the pirated video stores (which also sell porn) are located between the capitol and the city hall, ampft!

  12. Ha,ha! Euphemism or what, I cannot seem to relate how our educators just keep a blind eye on the use of these words that were conceived by some people. They are the ones who follow, not the ones to give the right words. In Europe and USA, there are only Bathrooms or Toilets, no Comfort Rooms, kumportable ka ba sa loob ng kuwartong ito? or, Rest Room, makapaginana ka dita uneg? “Salvage” is used as a euphemism of summary execution, how the hell was it derived in the opposite? Salvage is to retrieve something that is still useful. “Sardinas” is termed by pinoys as a generic for all canned fish products, even if the fish is “Salmon”, “Tuna”, “Mackerel” or bangus. They should check the fish inside: “Sardines”!!! …And many more.!

    1. This is because many subscribe to the ‘lingua franca’ philosophy. The primary goal of communication is to get the message across. I agree though that permutations of the language may lead to misunderstandings, especially in a highly globalized world.

  13. True, we subscribe to “lingua franca” with English and/or Tagalog as the mainstream communication vehicle. Still, even if we corrupt and integrate words, the word/s should provide specific terminology which should be equal to the English and/or Tagalog. Our honorable legislators and lawyers also subscribe to ‘lingua franca’ in their legal documents but never use such corrupt languages, or if they ever written so, they put quotation marks on it and say that the term is a euphemism to the internationally accepted word. Actually, the manufacturers of the canned “bangus” closed the lid of their advertisement that informs that their product is “Ang sardinas na bangus”, which is similar to saying, “Ang Coke na Pepsi”. Very Bad!!!

    1. I see that you are more on the purist side, asiong. And I understand how you feel about the bastardization of words. But note that languages evolve, and such may not necessarily mean degeneration/deterioration, but just a natural progression of history.

  14. I concede that languages evolve and progresses through the years. But, I felt bad that most new words being accepted were introduced by nobodies, not by the more literate types, especially the educators. Take for granted the words ‘xerox’ copy (actually a machine manufacturer’s name); ‘transistor’ (actually it’s just an electronic component part, not the whole radio unit); cassette (actually means the small audio tape case, but Pinoys accept it to mean the player/radio unit); chop-chop (it actually means cut-outs, but Ilocanos meant it as a contraband scooter/motorcycle unit, which was not even a dismantled unit when it landed!); the term ‘local product’ is not just Pinoy-made per se, but qualifies the product as poor quality, even if imported from China or other Asian countries; etc…

  15. Also, I feel bad that elective officials need not have impressive credentials to become a candidate. An illiterate could be elected if he has money to finance his candidacy. Whereas, to apply as a government employee, you need to be a college graduate and have passed the Civil Service Board exam. How the hell that a non-Civil Service eligible be the big boss of the municipality/city/district/province/country that lords over those people with sterling credentials within his jurisdiction? This is just one thing that bugs me no end to our democratic system…

    1. Yes, dapat earned master’s degree from a reputable university ang minimum requirement for the presidency. Agree?

  16. For me, all candidates should be at least a college graduate, with Civil Service eligibility and/or professional license issued by PRC plus good employment or management record of at least 5 years. Para naman hindi masyadong nakakaasiwa sa mga professionals kung undergraduate ang namumuno sa kanila. For national elective posts, bentahe na lang siguro kung sa reputable local or foreign university siya nakapag-aral. One of the main things to check on the candidates are their ITR and their SALN for the past 3 years upon being elected. If there is a substantial increase of his/her assets within each year of his/her term, automatic explanation should be provided. It bugs me how a mayor could buy a new car almost every month while I receive almost the same (if not more!) official monthly salary, but I cannot even afford a 2nd hand one!!!

    1. Speaking of SALN, we are about to submit one again… Lowly civil servants like us list everything, even books and rusty bicycles, while the rich and mighty “forget” to write down a lot of things.

  17. Yeah, for the highest position of the land, it SHOULD BE a Master’s degree holder from a reputable university!!! He/She should be articulate enough to talk relevant issues in front of any audience, local and international. Damn, I miss FEM’s eloquent speeches. Rudy F has the skill and loving it!

    1. I agree, Rudy still has the people skills, but people should look beyond the rhetorics.

      I agree with the masters degree requirement for the presidency, although that alone is not a guarantee of good governance, as GMA, M.A., Ph.D. would prove.\

      Congratulations, sir asiong. Nagpagraduar ka gayam. Nice to have seen you in the flesh at MMSU.

  18. SALN declarations of lowly government employees are critically checked while the top honchos just write down only the things they want and nobody has the nerve to question about it. Wish I could have talked to you for longer in the graduation exercises, but maybe after election we could have plenty of time talking some mundane things over a couple of beers. Hey, check out the American guest speaker, he was not introduced as a Japanese, like Obama whom nobody would call as Kenyan. But here in Pinas, the Chuas, the Sys, the Cos, the Yuchengcos, Lims, Ongkingcos, etc. are called “Chinese” (Intsik!), some or even most of them have parents that are natural-born Pinoys! Does the self-proclaimed Pinoys demean them or, are we elevating them by calling them as such?

  19. This is really a nice forum to get information I need!. The post here helped me a lot. Thank your guys, and I wish I could do something to help back.

  20. @UsexTemeLer, thanks for reading sir Herdy’s blog and posts. Your alias is a bit emotionally provocative, but then we are in a democratic country. I would suggest these simple things for everyone to do to help out for our country. That for our country to progress, everyone should do the right things: pay honest taxes; declare your true assets and liabilities; be a productive citizen and be an asset to community-building; honor and obey all rules and regulations, and maybe more. Are these so hard to undertake for the betterment of our nation? I don’t think so… It’s just that most people are not doing these good things because some, especially the ones they idolize and those that leads the citizenry, are not doing the right things.

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