ROUGH CUTS| The Vice Mayor’s resignation from Hugpong

TODAY is another Sunday, the fourth for the month of September. Today’s gospel is taken from Mark 9:38-48. Titled “Whoever Is Not against Us Is for Us”, it says:

     38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving our demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn’t belong to our group.”

     39 “Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say evil things about me.

     40 For whoever is not against us is for us.

     41 I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.

     And the gospel also tackles the Temptation to Sin.

     42 “If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around the neck and be thrown into the sea.

     43 So if your hand makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than to keep both hands and go off to hell, to the fire that never goes out.”

     44 There the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.

     45 And if your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot than to keep both feet and be thrown into hell.

     46 There the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.

     47 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into hell.

     48 There the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.

     In the said gospel Jesus was clearly giving his warning to his disciples not to diminish their faith in God because by doing so they have to suffer the certainty of its consequences. And the message of the Messiah is passed on unto the present generation first through his disciples and later to those who succeeded them in their evangelization work.

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     We really do not have any iota of an idea what is behind Davao City Vice Mayor Paulo “Pulong” Duterte’s resignation from the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, a home-grown political party founded by his father mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

     But if we have to take his justification at its face value we would think that the Duterte family’s political structure is currently experiencing some minor shaking possibly due to failure in communication or some members are unable to interpret the messages implied in its present delivery processes.

     This can be clearly gleaned from the vice mayor’s statement quoted verbatim from a text message sent by his legal counsel Atty. Alexis Lumbatan to this paper as follow:

     “The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod leadership has, in the recent days, been talking heavily on who should run at a particular position in the upcoming elections. It is undeniable and obvious that it has deliberately failed to afford due consideration to the efforts and achievements of the Council which I presently lead.”

     And the vice mayor added that he has no problem going back to being barangay captain of Catalunan Grande.

     Clearly, the statement is self-explanatory even as one has to read between the lines to be able to discern its hidden meaning.

     We believe though that for now the Duterte family might not have seriously talked about the local political situation because the patriarch may have been preoccupied searching for his own thoughts about the clamor for him to run for President.

     We know that the vice mayor has long declared his availability to run for mayor of the city to succeed his father who announced recently that he is contemplating on retiring in 2016.

     We know as well that the vice mayor has an agreement with his sister Sara that they will not run against each other. Whether that covenant will be binding between the two we will only know by the time the deadline of the filing of candidacy for local elective positions come.

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