06 February 2006

Bayani = hero

I am not much of a politics person and not really delve into this topic much but in the case of Bayani Fernando, I will make an exception. As our current MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) Chairman who is more popularly known to have built pink fences all over the metropolis to regulate traffic and painted overpasses a bright pink as well, I have no qualms about his projects and plans. Not even his color preference.

As the Mayor previously of Marikina, he was a very effective leader in giving a nearly dead river a lease on new life and made it a very homey place for bicycles and promenading. He fixed transportation and garbage concerns. Marikina is a very nice place indeed to live in (and we have even contemplated on transferring there too) and was even featured in the homemaking magazine Real Living.

He is a person of action. He does not merely give out directions and go blah blah to the masses. He is right there in the thick of things. He had islands between streets decorated. Trees were planted alongside roads. He is proposing a bicycle lane.

Alas, the law prohibits him from taking action on some of his plans and some mayors find his actions intrusive that they resort to scoffing. One mayor even had the trees (some of them bananas) planted by MMDA uprooted even if the place where they were planted were unattended soil by the roadside. I do not see anything wrong with the plants being planted there. This move could have been welcomed for the environment but apparently, it might have been interpreted for something else. I wish they can also walk the walk and talk the talk.

I saw his televised interview a couple of nights ago as he details his plans, projects, and how he is coping on the pressure from his detractors (he was quite cool about it) and found new respect for the man. I salute you, Mr. Bayani Fernando!

PS. There was a research conducted years ago in US prisons to see which color would ease an inmate. The result? Pink.


  1. ako rin elib ako sa kanya, pero totoo ang kasabihan hindi mo maplease-please ang lahat ng tao. kaya naman hindi rin nawawala ang mga taong galit sa kanya.

  2. matagal ko na ring idol si chairman, na-sad nga ako nung hindi na nya tinuloy yung pagtakabo as vice-president.
    and i agree with you regarding the other mayors and some laws. it is sad that these mayors and other officials think of politics first before what is potentially good for the people. dahil galit sila kay bayani, automatic they disapprove of his actions and measures kahit na nakabubuti naman.

  3. Uy Airwind kumusta na! Dalaw ako sa blog mo mamaya!

    Na-sad ka meowok? Di ko alam kung matatawa ako o maiiyak nang nabasa ko ang phrase na ito. Bwahuhuhu. Pero tama ka. Laws are made for the people, and not people for the law. If a law no longer serves its purpose or is becoming more of a hindrance than a benefit, then it should be revised.

  4. Kuya Nick happy VD! Hindi ako si ate Sienna, mali na naman name na nabanggit mo while in the throes of passion. Hehehe.
    Thanks sa pag dalaw! ;)

  5. yeah me too...i love my BF :P

    he knows how and when to get the job done, we need more politician like him in this world.

  6. Anonymous4:20 pm

    ey wats0n, thanks very much for this post. i must admit i'm not much for reading about politics and politicians, and all i know about BF is what i hear from cabbies and bus drivers who don't like the pink stuff. will adapt a different outlook that may allow me to revise my opinion of BF.

  7. pink? really? I remember that Pink did calm down inmates but it was only effective for about 15 minutes. they usually erupted into violence after that.

  8. I somehow did was not able to read about the "eruption to violence" part in my readings. Would it not have been more appropriate that they burst into song and danced around? hehehe

  9. Hi Bambi! He did wonders as Mayor of Marikina so may track record of efficiency na sya.

  10. Anonymous5:35 am

    I agree, he's one of those who got the ba##s, i mean, the political will ...


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