I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. -- William Shakespeare
THE Cagayan de Oro Press Club, the oldest and most vibrant press club is moving forward valiantly for another year of upholding press freedom in this part of the country.
COPC has once again reaffirmed its indomitable spirit that has triumphed over the years in the exercise of its noble mission—that of serving the people with utmost dedication amid the many challenges in this era of change.
The road for all of us press club members and the rest of the Cagayan de Oro media has been bumpy yet fulfilling. The journey has been long and weary, but we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that the best is yet to come.
We want to thank everyone who participated in the February 10 annual general assembly and election of officers. We have valued the occasion with utmost deliverance and in earnest.
We have pounded the pavement and picked up the pieces that made our voices heard in all corners -- far and wide. We have battled fiercely in the exercise of our noble tasks, because we cherished to be free at all times, any time.
In the days ahead, we look forward to sitting down along with the new members of the board and find ways where we can work together to move the press club forward with great optimism.
No matter what we do or where we go from here, we will carry the legacy of our senior colleagues that made us stick together – through thick and thin, through good times and bad times.
To the press club icons, thank you for believing us all the way, through every hill, through every valley. You lifted us up the whole way and we will always be grateful for everything and all the incredible work that you put in.
Thank you Monsignor Elmer Abacahin, our outgoing president. Thank you Past President Dr. Manny Jaudian for your wisdom, thank you Past President Herbie Gomez and the rest of the club’s members.
We acknowledged the dynamics of COPC politics -- small, yet silly. It provided plenty of fodder to tell not only for the cynics but for all of us to mirror and ponder with -- that COPC politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests.
But that is what press club politics can be. That is why elections matter. It is not small, it is big. It is important. Democracy can be noisy and messy and complicated yet astoundingly enigmatic.
We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, we make decisions that stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
These arguments are mark of our liberty, our freedom of speech.
But despite all our differences, most of us share the same aspirations and hope for tomorrow, for our future.
Our press club is moving forward with confidence beyond this time of uncertainties --to help shape lasting peace by upholding truth and justice built on the promise of freedom and dignity for all of us.
We believe in free speech, we see life beyond with so much expectations because we have a vision to share. That is where we need to go – moving forward with great optimism.
We disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. It will not be always a straight line. It will not be always a smooth ride. But one thing is surefire – we will make a difference. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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