TALK OF THE TOWN
By SUSAN PALMES-DENNIS
It’s been eight years since I saw Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy of Cagayan de Oro’s 1st district.
The last time I saw him was when he voted in May 2008. Last Friday, I saw him again at the presentation of the complete slate of incumbent Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno for next year’s midterm elections.
Congressman Klarex to his followers and kapitan to many more is a complete “politician” if one is to base his service to the people.
Having worked with him in the 2010 mayoral election gave me the insights of who the man is and his passion to serve the public.
We would talk many times and in between our conversations an emissary would drop by and tell him that a constituent needs medicine and he would instruct the emissary to immediately attend to him/her.
That is service at its best. Before I accepted the job I asked myself if it is easy to sell him to the public. It became a yes based on factors I used myself in working towards helping him win the election.
We fought and nearly won as then mayor Vicente Emano won by a slim margin. It was by all accounts a Goliath vs Samson fight which nobody thought would be easy.
The results are disappointing but whether one wins by one vote or two it is still a victory. As an astute politician, Uy didn’t bother to file a protest and immediately went back to becoming a barangay captain, reinforcing his political bailiwick and checking on his leaders.
But Lando Uy nearly won the mayoral seat at the time and his split with the former ruling Padayon Pilipino camp was borne out of his frustration of not belonging to that group.
Klarex may be a political Samson but he did not waver. The 2010 elections was the first time that it was automated and it was also the first time that a political giant like Emano had been challenged and shaken to his core.
When I saw Uy again last Friday, nothing has changed. He wore his signature jeans and a black shirt, nothing more and nothing less.
While he looked like he gained a few pounds, he is still the same old “Klarex” (the local term for clear) that I came to know. He is an easy sell to the public because he is one of them.
I was still at RMN-DXCC when I came to know the congressman and he was still a barangay kagawad at that time.
Everytime there is a calamity victim or indigent asking for help, he would personally help and I can call on him anytime for assistance.
He had come a long way since then and if plans don’t miscarry in 2022 Moreno may pass the torch to him. I don’t know how many laws he authored or sponsored but then the country has too many laws in the first place.
I am with him never mind if he authored or passed one law so long as he takes care of his constituents in the first district. He has delivered to them and whoever challenges Klarex in 2022 will have a hard time defeating him if he or she can at all.
Paracetamol is much needed for Uy’s opponent. Good luck Congressman Klarex Uy and the rest of the OKKA team or also known as O for Oscar Moreno, K for Kikang Uy, another K for Klarex Uy and A for Councilor Alam Lim.
While exiting Barangay Kauswagan from the house of Engr.Fred Buten last Sunday, I saw the truck of the City Engineering Office doing some work in front of Kong Hua School.
Congratulations Engr. Pacuribot and your men for doing great service.
By the way I attended the christening of Francesca Camelle Buten, Fred Buten’s granddaughter that day (For questions, comments and analysis please email me at email@example.com)
Oct 16, 2018 0By Dir. Clifford Jose G. Roa Board Secretary/PRO The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro Chapter is slated to recognize the blood donors – both individuals or company and organizations for their unwavering support to call for Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donations...