BUKIDNON VIEWS: Angaray’s Take: Protecting the public

Bukidnon News.Net official Logo for site2By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/23 January) Today’s (January 19) weather in Malaybalay, rainy and windy, made me settle down from outdoor activities.

While waiting for students to finish answering a philosophy subject midterm examination this morning, I had the chance to dissect the meaning of Public.

Plato, a Greek philosopher, once said that all politics was morally corrupt. He believed in the goodness in man however, a kind of state where man would deform man’s goodness. Bad states produce bad people. Good states produce good people.

People in general are a public. People own the state’s sovereignty in the context of political science. People are both the means and the end in pursuing an orderly society. Thus, people play a sensitive role; can either make or unmake an ideal society.

A few months from now, the public (or the people) in Bukidnon would be exposed to an election where its worth would be tested by the pangs of politics we have in the province.

With the onset of good governance, the public has the right to be free from traditional politics and politicians whose limited view looks at the public only as a source of desired votes.

The public has to be protected. The public has to preserve its innate goodness. No measure of illicit politics should betray this public’s condition.

The term ‘public’ is an equivocal one which also means common to everyone.

We call a Plaza or market as a public place because they are common to all. They are open for use by all.

This idea of being open or common to all somehow reduces its integrity.

We treat public places, public schools or public properties with meanness and less respect because after all, they are ‘public’.

We automatically change paradigm if we approach a private place, a private school or a private property.

We tend to be more respectful to these because they are ‘private’. Are we not putting the people as a public in a danger zone with this perception?

Perhaps this explains why politicians disrespect the public by buying their votes or by offering them promises that will not materialize. The public deserves respect as it deserves protection.
Some of Plato’s teachings refer to social justice. Social justice is a virtue that sanctifies a state. It also pertains to giving credit where credit is due. However, it requires a weapon for the public to pursue social justice.

The most authentic arena for pursuing social justice is during the election where the public is well-informed and all-participative in political issues.

No public should engage in suffrage without passing through discourses on social issues. The public should be provided with avenue where questions are asked to the politicians; and in this manner politicians would follow the public’s trend of concern, not theirs.

Platforms eventually swallow mere political ads. This is a means for the public to use their sovereignty wisely by delivering well-informed votes. Well-informed votes sanctify a state; a good state protects the public.

Today, January 19, is the launching of DIALOGUE BUKIDNON: PILI-AY 2013, an initiative of a community-based news service organization with community partners. This aims to provide information to the public on election issues. This aims to help the public cast votes after a dialogue with the candidates. This aims to protect the public from the wiles of political dishonesty.

(BUKIDNON VIEWS is the opinion section of Bukidnon News. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan is currently the in-charge of the Ethno-cultural Museum of Bukidnon State University, where she teaches social science and other subjects. She is the daughter of Datu Bagangbangan. Angaray’s (lady friend’s) Take is her column for BUKIDNON VIEWS. She can be reached through angaray_bsc@yahoo.com.)


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