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I SAW Larry Gadon once in a mall in downtown Cagayan de Oro. At first, I had to search my minute brain why he looked familiar. It was only a few days ago that I got this: Aha! He who…! But I don’t know his name. Only his face was familiar.
Now, he is in the news again. Disbarred by the Supreme Court but appointed as Presidential Adviser for Poverty Alleviation by BBM. How lucky can a guy get? And how timely the appointment was. When he almost lost face, he regained it without any effort.
Really? No effort at all? Hmmm.
The president of the country must pay a lot of attention who probably has a long pile of appointment papers waiting for his precious signature. You need strong supporters for your appointment form to reach the top of the pile.
Gadon is used to making a lot of noise. That’s how he became famous. Or, depending on your point of view (POV), not good. He supports the right people at the right time, a talent that only a good political analyst can possess. If he was making noises about losing political candidates, where would he be now? Well, he can be a vociferous critic – at least that’s not on his pro-BBM agenda at the moment.
Making noise is a good strategy for anyone who wants to get noticed. People may respond with anger but the goal has been achieved—they notice. I didn’t know Gadon if he was just keeping quiet and hiding in a corner. Although I couldn’t remember his name back then, I still knew he was famous. And if I was in my usual curious self, I would have approached him and said, You look familiar.
Which was about to happen when I saw the mayor of the city in a restaurant. He was right in front of me, all I had to do was mention some names of our mutual friends, and I could start talking to him. But my sister said, Don’t! Haha!
However, that mayor is not the type to make noise. He was standing quietly at the entrance of the restaurant, waiting for a table for him and his family. When my sister and I left the restaurant, we saw her entourage that looked like a whole platoon of soldiers.
So, if the politician himself refuses to make noise, his bodyguards are more than willing to do that for him? Hmmm.
There is a Filipino saying, “A fly that lands on a buffalo feels higher than the buffalo.” These are the times when the buffalo has to remind the fly about POVs that is, Joey Albert and Pops Fernandez’s song:
“Points of view
We were there once
And keep our points of view
It doesn’t matter if they aren’t exactly the same
We have our rules in different ways
We play different people’s games with different strokes
And keep our points of view. “
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