Friday, February 12, 2016

SO FAR SO BAD



With the election fever on and becoming even feverish with the passage of time, tri-media is becoming more and more saturated with campaign ads – not to mention those pictures of candidates in all conceivable sizes, colors and forms posted anywhere there is a space to paste or hang them  = it is  not hard to see and to note that election time is clearly here and definitely on – notwithstanding what COMELEC repeatedly says and shouts as to when is the legitimate start of the campaign period, etc. etc.  Translation:  So many individuals from so many parts of the Country are ready and willing to serve others, are ready to offer themselves for the good of the people – willing even to die to the Country, so they claim.

But there is now one interesting practice that has come to fore repeatedly and insistently, viz., “One-on-one Interview”  between a political candidate – specially from Congress – done on one-to-one basis with a rather known media practitioner, and the interest plus eagerness of the candidates to be thus interviewed over the radio/tv needs no explanation whereas such definitely equals political mileage for anyone thus interviewed in national media.  With malice towards none but goodwill towards all, the following was an interesting question-and-answer interview that someone went through the air not so long since.  As far as memory can recall, the following are rather interesting “Questions and Answers” episode that took place:

Q.  Thank you, Congressman, for coming.
A.  Thank you.  Am not yet a Congressman – but soon perhaps. He he...

Q.  For a start, what laws will you sponsor to lessen poverty in the Country?
A.  There are so many laws for that purpose.  We will think well about them.

Q.  What about the rising number of crimes in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao?
A.  That is the job of the policemen.

Q.  How would you solve the phenomenon of women and children for sale?
A.  We have to tell men not to patronize them.

Q.  And what can you say about drugs?
A.  Let’s make it an export industry for job generation.

Q.  By the way, your surname sounds familiar.
A.  Ah, it is because my younger brother is a Mayor and my father was a Governor.

Q.  Would you like to tell us what is your stand on the BBL?
A.  Good that you asked about that matter.  I have to study that well.

Q.  What can you say about EDCA?
A.  That is another thing I have to study very well.

Q.  Is there something you would like to say about China claiming Phil. Territory?
A.  That too, we have to study well.

Q.  Is there anything else you like to say?
A.  Thank you for giving me the chance to educate our people.