Of Leon Villoria, The Mayor, and The City

I’ve offended Mr Leon Villoria from the Mayor Mike Rama Facebook group, offensively suggesting that he needs to simplify the way he uses words, so that more people can understand his point. So here’s my sincere apologies, and my thoughts as well.

I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings, Mr Leon Villoria. But if you could just express your thoughts in simpler terms, I think that would be so much better for everybody. See, not everyone is as well versed as you are. So following the principles of KISSKeep It Short and Simple – really helps in reaching out to A LOT MORE people. But if it’s hard keep it short, at least keep it simple. Heck, KISS could just as well stand for KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID. But hey, nobody’s calling anybody stupid. NO. Don’t even for one second think that.

Like you, I believe in the Mayor’s brand of leadership. In many ways, the Mayor is MORE capable and better-natured than his predecessor, the bossy guy who STILL can’t keep his hands out of city affairs. Yeah, that same guy who makes enemies out of his vice mayors. And exactly the same guy who will gladly scold other people in public. What a SHAME, really. He doesn’t do the guy in the hundred-peso-bill any justice.

PERHAPS like you I think it’s about time we have a Mayor who will reach to the other areas in the City. I’ll be damned if all I read about in the papers is SRP this, and SRP that. SRP is NOT a City! It’s also about time we SUPPORT the Mayor, and put the City back on the right track. It’s bad enough we have a rubber stamp City Council that acts in the interest of he-who-must-not-be-named. The City Council forgets that the City does not belong to one man. The City belongs to the PEOPLE, the same people that pays their salaries. I repeat, the PEOPLE pay your salaries, dear CITY COUNCILORS. What a SHAME, really. With those taxes I could have spent elsewhere, I expected to see real ACTION from the government, not stupid political DRAMA.

SO then, if we want to reach out to the PEOPLE, and gather support for the MAYOR, we must speak in a way that the PEOPLE understand. So let’s try and keep it simple. Let’s make it easy for everybody to understand what is going on. With that, we can show and see transparency in government.

And oh, by bald, I think you must have been referring to the guy who calls us his BOSS. And by Koumintang, you probably mean his appointee to Beijing. And please, let’s not even talk about China; let the diplomat handle that. But enough about depressing National affairs! Cebu City is one of the top cities in the country! Surely we can put Cebu City – and Cebu – in higher places with the right people in government, even without National government support.

But of course, the PEOPLE play the biggest part in that. If you can’t have a PEOPLE that will respect the Mayor, you can’t have a PEOPLE that will respect the City, much less the Country.


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