Is the voice of money, now the voice of people?

By May 15, 2022Sports Eye

By Jesus A. Garcia, Jr.

AFTER experiencing a life threatening (hypertension) situation caused by mental stress that forced me to be taken to a hospital, I feel blessed to have gotten over my temporary depression. God is great. Yes, my big thanks to Him and to Mama Mary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag for giving me a new life. “There’s always first time in life,” as the saying goes, I believe, sans doubt.

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The national elections are over and the people already voiced out their choices. We saw how most of our candidates campaigned using their bucks to lure the people to win votes, even knowing it’s against the law. Obviously, the authorities have been snoring in their deep slumber. But anyway, that’s water under the bridge now. But I learned much in this year’s polls, particularly, the different vote-buying schemes employed by all parties. Yes, the voice of money is the voice of the people, now… But “Life must go on,” as the saying goes. And still my big congrats to all the victors.

Hopefully, all the winners, particularly the new ones, will fulfill their campaign promises for the benefit of their constituents. Hopefully, the new local officials in the new provincial government will also involve themselves in sports development for the province’ youth like what the sports-minded Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino, III did during his six years of governorship. Let’s wait and see.

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After that colorful and successful staging of the April 30 and May 1 cycling road races hosted by Sual and Lingayen towns, a new event is in the offing and will be conducted on June 10. This will start and end this time in San Fabian town and the event will also be run in three categories, open, master and grandmaster divisions. The racers will traverse Damortis and Rosario in La Union, Sison (by pass), Pozorrubio, San Jacinto via the Malasin-Angio barangay roads and back to San Fabian via Barangay Anonang highway with an approximate distance of 70 kilometers. Of course, cash prizes and medals are at stake. The single day road bike event is under the auspices of Mayor Danny Agbayani, the town’s newly elected vice mayor. Like in the past, this will be sponsored again by the country’s famous Excellent Noodles of Alex Billan.

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The annual inter-purok table tennis (ping-pong) tournament will be held in Barangay Buenlag (my birthplace), in Mangaldan on May 21. Like the last two years, the event will be sponsored anew by my friend and friends of many my barangay mate, the seaman Joseph Junio. Prizes and medals are also at stake. My son Jazy and this writer will direct the tourney. Reports say Jazy is being groomed to be the new sports coordinator of our town Mangaldan under the new leadership of Mayor-elect Bonafe de Vera Parayno.  See you there, ping-pong fans.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. HEBREW 11: 6

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