“When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants.” – Emmanuel Macron
NEW YORK CITY – We don’t see anything wrong if Jeck Conlu, head of Iloilo City’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), will seek an elective position in the May 2014 elections.
As a matter of fact, Conlu, a decent and very professional guy, isn’t hard to sell.
He is currently one of the most active and diligent department chiefs Iloilo City can always be proud of.
If Conlu has become a trailblazer in the PSTMO, imagine what more can this public servant do if he is a city councilor or vice mayor.
Here is one public servant who is always visible in public, always available when the taxpayers seek his assistance, and always accessible to mass media.
This could only mean one thing: Conlu is not suplado (snobbish) and is a typical public servant worth the taxpayers’ money in the mold of former Mayor Mansueto Malabor and former Councilor Benjie Gengos.
If Jeck Conlu’s name will be included in the surveys, only fools will forget to put the dotted lines on his name in the choices for the top five city councilors in the survey sheet.
Iloilo City Mayor Jose “Joe III” Espinosa III and Iloilo City lone district Rep. Geronimo “Jerry” Treñas should start wooing Jeck Conlu, a real asset in the legislative branch.
Our country will further slow down if we continue to have OA (over acting) public leaders like Senator Grace Poe.
This woman senator has done nothing except to hold unproductive and useless “Senate committee investigations” these past years.
Each time there was a controversy ripped for publicity, Poe would call for a “committee investigation” where she would pretend to be sympathetic in a certain cause and deliver a melodrama spiel ala movie script of her foster mother, Susan Roces.
After garnering a huge publicity for her failed 2016 presidential bid in the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs hearing on the November 27, 2015 foiled raid by a group of thugs led by the late drug lord Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. on Aksyon Radyo station in Iloilo City, Poe’s committee has done nothing concretely.
None of the personalities identified in the raid was arrested or hauled to court as a result of that terrifying attempt to intimidate employees of that radio station.
Odicta was only “neutralized” after President Rodrigo R. Duterte was elected and fulfilled his campaign promise to eliminate illegal drugs and kill the drug lords.
In her latest publicity stunt, Poe sought for a “full blown” Senate investigation in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runaway incident when thousands of passengers got stranded and flights were cancelled after a Chinese airline recently veered off.
Poe blamed the airport’s “seeming broken systems of regulations” saying it was a “jolting wake-up call” that caused an “airport paralysis.”
“The slow actions on the issue is something perverse about an absent administration by inefficiency, lack of compassion for citizens and people, and anathema to the country’s quest in good public services, tourism, investments, human resources, and similar sectors,” the lady senator bewailed.
She has scheduled an inquiry into the issue on August 29.
Is there a need for the Senate to join the fray even after Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has taken over the management of the investigation of the incident and called it an “eye-opener” for airport authorities?
Tugade said the incident was “a reminder for us to take a second look at the processes, procedures, and protocols of concerned agencies, as well as airlines, so that we may all improve in the future.
“I am sorry. We did our very best to address the situation,” added the secretary after the NAIA has been ordered closed temporarily.
It seems that a Senate hearing at this time is too premature and unnecessary when NAIA authorities are still scrambling to remedy the situation and put everything in order.
Politicians like Poe should at least wait and give Tugade, et al ample time to solve the problem in their own capacity before grandstanding politicians like Poe will dip their fingers and earn pogi points at the expense of other fellow public servants.