Last issue, I was hastily probing on who could be the prospect Juan dela Cruz to lead us after Gloria. Since Gloria can no longer lead us to progress but rather only dismayed us, we need some man who will inspire us and give us hope for economic salvation and good governance. The sad fact is, while Gloria is claiming and proclaiming her so-good-to-be-true-tales under her governance, what’s the reality is not what the administration of Gloria now is telling us. She’s saying that everything’s manageable and that our country’s in the “verge of take-off” to progress. The sadder fact is, all these wonderful ideas she’s blathering about are just mere illusion. On the first place, we cannot envision this goal of economic growth because what “we” install to manage all our country’s relations today (although it was earlier proven that we didn’t install her, rather won, through election fraud) is a person whose thinking is pervert and whose interest is implausibly personal and selfish driven by pride. (Personally, I would rather eat my pride over shame. I can’t imagine how shameless she was when she implicitly admitted that she cheated during the 2004 elections. I mean, was that even a question of pride? It seems that she ate up her pride for the sake of power, most probably; because for sure, she didn’t get the sympathy of the masses. Shame on her.).
Now, going back to what I am saying, what we therefore need is someone of good reputation and clean record to lead us. When I scanned over newspapers, I learned that there’s this one possible person to lead us after Gloria. He’s in the very person of Sonny Belmonte. Let me just clear out to you that there may also be other persons who’s equally competent as Sonny Belmonte whose achievements are not yet revealed and known to the public.
Sonny Belmonte is the incumbent Quezon City Mayor. He’s now on his second term serving as mayor of the most populous city and country. Of why Belmonte and not Gloria, I considered the thoughts of William Esposo, a columnist in one of our country’s national newspaper outfit.
In management and organization, it is said that one appoints CEOs according to needs. If what our country needs today is a leader who can solve our fiscal problem and restore credibility and public trust in the government, then Sonny Belmonte tops all other candidates for the job.
When Sonny Belmonte took over as Quezon City (QC) Mayor in July 2001, he assumed the leadership of the country’s most populous city that was burdened by a huge deficit, unsightly environment, a bloated bureaucracy, and notorious red tape that abetted fixers and graft. But on his very first term, QC made a dramatic turn around and registered the following landmark achievements:
1.A lean and efficient bureaucracy, keeping personnel cost down to 27% of the budget;
2. Computerized systems in the granting of business permits, assessment of real property taxes, and collection of various taxes and fees;
3. The highest over-all income while maintaining low current operating expenses;
4. A clean and green environment;
5. Enhanced educational, health, and social services;
6. An enviable infrastructure network of streets, drainage and structures.
With these credentials Sonny has, he’s therefore incomparable to Gloria’s apparent corrupt and pervert background. More about Sonny next issue.