Bicol Inc.’s Never Ending Story by Benjie de Ubago

Just like Mayon Volcano, the rumblings continue long after the Bicol elections. First there was Neria Soliman, and shortly after, Josie Musa protested during the actual March elections. With a little twisting of the truth, minus the necessary evidence, some were swayed and the results were reversed.

Then Soliman protested and rightly so. But despite the see-sawing of Soliman and Musa, Ross Iglesia was a sure runaway winner and no one could argue that, not even Musa.

In all of Iglesia’s wisdom and most definitely, patience, a grievance committee was formed. Subsequently, a public hearing for Bicol Inc. members was held on 17 June 2012 and the committee deliberated for six hours as to who should claim the seat of Albay.

Fortunately this time, there were more people equipped with common sense. They saw through Musa’s charade. Lo and behold! As it should have been in the beginning and ever shall be, Neria Soliman was reinstated.

However, based on the emails still floating around, Musa is still unable to accept defeat but of course failed to present herself at the public hearing and now continues to ramble on from the sidelines.

Of the 21 new members Musa wrangled in, only one was eligible to vote. After all the prayers she professes as per her email, Musa has obviously still not been enlightened and continues to disrupt the Bicol Inc. when most of the members are now exasperated and simply want to move on. Musa should simply make her graceful bow, if at all capable. Besides, who wants a whining leader who can’t even accept defeat.

So that’s it — Iglesia and Soliman are back on deck. Just like the rest of the Bicol membership feel, half the year is gone so just get on with the ceremonies to officially seal Iglesia’s leadership which after all has already been proven.

Updated: 2012-08-04 — 07:21:34


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