‘Father vs son’ vs ‘son vs father’

POLITICS in Caloocan City has always been interesting and yet amusing as shown by the political figures and clans that have shifted camps and affiliations or pushed their younger kin to take their place in case of those whose terms are expiring.

To others, it is called political dynasty, which has long been banned by the Constitution nonetheless the most abused and hugely defied, owing to these politician-legislators who turn to be in the frontline of violators – lawmakers, lawbreakers!

Nevertheless, Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, who’s on his third and last term as the city’s highest elected official, has his own version. To him, it’s not a political dynasty, it’s a political destiny.

Hence, he’s pushing to take his place his son, Liga ng Barangay sa Pilipinas president and incumbent City Councilor Ricojudge “RJ” Echiverri, who’s been declared as standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party resulting in Vice Mayor Edgar Erice’s dropping of his mayoralty bid.

Taking pride of numerous pro-poor and pro-people projects particularly on infrastructure developments and business-oriented aspects, the elder Echiverri believes his son has the determination, sincerity and competence to effectively carry on with the programs his administration has introduced since he assumed the city’s top post in 2004.

But of course, it wouldn’t be an easy path for the younger Echiverri to take his father’s place.

District 1 Rep. Oscar Malapitan, who’s also in his third and last term, is challenging the son of Echiverri come May 2013 local polls.

Not to be outdone, Congressman Oca is also singing his own praises. He says his political experience and accomplishments in his district make him potential bet for the city’s top post.

Besides, Cong. Oca, who has his son, incumbent Councilor Along, pitted against the elder Echiverri for the congressional post in the First District, says it’s about time that the local electorate choose new leader to run the affairs of the city.

Well, it’s only in Caloocan. The battle between the father (Recom) against the son (Along) and the son (RJ) against the father (Oca) rages on.

Crooked MMDA enforcers

Metro Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino, for sure, won’t tolerate any wrongdoing of the agency’s personnel especially those tasked to keep the urban streets safe for both motorists and pedestrians.

But he’s certainly unaware of the mulcting and extortion activities of these so-called Black Tank traffic enforcers especially those assigned at Ortigas Center.

They were separate from other jacket-clad and non-ID wearing MMDA enforcers, one of them has in his name cloth “Tuason,” on board an unmarked white Mitsubishi Adventure also in the area who recently made one motorist Apin Blancaflor to cough up P500.

C’mon, Mr. Chairman, we know you’re taking the same straight path of PNoy, deal with these crooked enforcers who pose as saints when their superiors are watching over them but the truth is they’re evils of the roads.

They’re just like mice that play when cat is away.

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