MARINO WINS, ANGKLA GRACIOUS
By Ligaya Caban
MARINO earned the points on Round 3 against ANGKLA which swept the first two encounters in the elections of 2013 and 2016.
The COMELEC proclaimed 51 PartyLists as winners, based on its Transparency Server data marking 98.42% (86,462 of 87,851 election returns; 46,957,397 of 63,662,481 voters).
The Samahan ng mga Seaman (MARINO) placed 7th overall, earning two seats with 677,448 polled (taking 2.45% of the votes for partylist representation at the Lower Chamber of the bicameral Philippine Congress.
Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino (ANGKLA) with 179,558 (0.65%) fell short of 6,000 votes to earn a seat. It did in two earlier elections with some 400,000 in 2013 and 332,192 in 2016. It did not address the down trend, surprised by the shift of major power lords.
Expressed on a pre-election edition of Marino World, the partylist system “… gives vent to views of identified marginal sectors (youth, women, seniors, etc) as workings of democracy. Sadly, implementation is dominated by political overlords, big business; yet, with smatterings of truly regional, dialect-based and militant-fueled groups”.
Rappler says of the 51 partylists in the 18th Congress, about 19 groups are “new” termer but not neophytes to government service or dealing with huge power.
Based on Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) filed at COMELEC by nominees, Rappler concludes they are either formerly elected officials, of a political or influential clan or linked to a powerful individual.
The fly on the assertion is that Rappler is usually anti-administration and faces various legal challenges. The 2019 elections showed huge support for those endorsed by President Duterte and his direct family.
MARINO’s first nominee is Carlo Lisandro Gonzalez, owner of Ulticon Builders (UBI), a “Triple A” general contractor which in March 2017 bagged a contract of P183-million from the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH.
“Sandro” is from Davao, a graduate of Ateneo de Davao, youthful looking and amiable.
The second nominee is Jose Antonio G. Lopez, also from Davao and graduate of Ateneo de Davao. He previously worked with UBI, now handles business development at Udenna (allegedly with controlling interest of Phoenix Petroleum of the Dennis Uy conglomerate).
He posted on FaceBook, “My whole life I’ve always wanted be a public servant.”
Under the Local Government Code and the 1987 constitution, all terms start on June 30, 2019 and end on June 30, 2022, except for senators which shall end on June 30, 2025.
MARINO earned the public endorsement of Pres. Duterte, his siblings Davao City Mayor Sarah, Vice-Mayor Baste, Congressman Paolo. And not even a whimper against the presidential action which may corrode the equality of the legislature with the executive.
Al contra, his move was copied by a train of politicians: Senators Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Bong Go, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Aimee Marcos and Pia Cayetano... almost a rainbow coalition on the endorsement of MARINO.
Before the elections, Sandro was with DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, shipowners and operators to “discuss” issues and solutions on the maritime industry.
Some observers see this as a recycling of Duterte as the first presidential candidate to address and make reform covenant with maritime stakeholders.
Capt. Juan Antoine dela Torre, Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Center, appeals to Rep. Sandro Gonzales for daily examinations for our seafarers to be conducted in Cebu, Davao and Iloilo cities to avoid great expenses in having to go to Manila.
VP Ricky Victoria, Ship Management- Chelsea Ship Management, congratulates MARINO but reminds it “…to make sure our commitments are delivered.”
GM Edgardo Flores, Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency, wants government to honor seafarers who remit to the country 80% of basic salary. He hopes MARINO will reform things by being in the helm of decisions and put closure on IMO and EMSA concerns.
Seafarer Marvin Garbo looks at MARINO to streamline and simplify complicated systems in getting specified documents, like the COP. Garbo feels the hardship and increased time to comply with the requirements.
ANGKLA Chair and first Nominee Jesulito A. Manalo congratulates MARINO as he bows out after two terms. He says “ANGKLA had done its best to promote and protect the welfare and interest of the Filipino people specially the maritime sector…”
“I am but so grateful that I was given the chance to serve the country… my philosophy in life is “if people copy the good things that you do, you have already won".
Manalo will move on as an advocate of optimism with a much deeper insight and experience. And as a start, plant “…as many trees as possible and let these trees bloom and provide food for the hungry.
God will be always with us in our journey and there will be where our strength will come from.”