Government officials are guilty until proven innocent. That is the inherent difficulty of working for the public. People assume there is some impropriety going on, like public funds being appropriated for the upkeep of ten wives or, in the case of a certain district representative of the City of Purple Structures, the purchase of the services of a foreign beauty whose job is to convince constituents that her man doesn't live in a closet wearing a tutu, only a tutu (this is a blind item in case you're wondering).
So how do elected officials and representatives prove their innocence or at least create positive images for themselves?
They have a couple of time and tested options:
a. Die an early and tragic death so their political party mates can belatedly lionize them thereby exposing all their good deeds.
b. Find space to plaster their diamond-toned faces in tarpaulins for every birthday, christening and fiesta in town so people can confuse their visibility with actual work accomplished.
c. Kiss babies.
d. Dance to Nikki Minaj's latest blasphemy, despite being grandfatherly and having four left feet, during election campaigns so people can confuse looking stupid in public with concern for public welfare.
But all they really should be doing is to sit and talk. There's nothing like a casual chat to reveal if a politician has sense and if he has his own opinions about things that matter rather than relying on speech writers to supply them copied words from well written blog content and Wikipedia articles.
Enter the subject of our video above, first term Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo "Sonny" M. Angara who graciously sat with a group of bloggers and gave his opinion on matters ranging from the RH Bill to the definition of love, which, in the heady mixture of fruit shakes and fries morphed into defining Mar Roxas.
Of course, it's impossible to completely measure a man through just one conversation but this beats having to determine how worthy he is by virtue of a digitally enhanced tarpaulin or his dancing skills.
If you want to find out more about Sonny Angara and his achievements, refer to Google. There's enough there about who he is and what he's done, but if you want to really hear him speak, watch the video. If he ran for senate next year, would you vote for him?
|Rep. Sonny Angara with bloggers. Photo by Ding.|