MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – So I want to know — who’s behind this so-called “Bando Malaybalay“? If, like me, you received a mass text message a few days ago from a certain number then you know what I’m talking about. Just in case you haven’t heard of Bando Malaybalay, then here’s the deal.
Last May 24, 2009, at exactly 11:24 am, I personally received a text message from a random number. I won’t divulge the number here just YET.
Anyways, the mass text message was about this so-called “lineup” of local candidates that Bando Malaybalay’s endorsing for the 2010 national elections.
“Isulong and Bando Malaybalay” – the text message read and then it proceeded to name some personalities. Bando Malaybalay’s bet for the congressional seat (Bukidnon Second District, I reckon) is a businessman who ran for the same position the last time but lost. Their bet for mayor is a current city councilor while their bet for the vice mayoralty seat is a current board member (who also happens to be a lawyer). Their bets for the provincial board, on the other hand, include a current board member (who’s also a lawyer) and a current city councilor. For councilors, Bando Malaybalay purportedly endorsers two current city councilors and two lawyers (one is a current barangay councilor while the other one is a department chief at the provincial capitol).
I asked one of the people named in the text message — current Bukidnon Second District Board Member Atty. Jun Beltran (one of Bando Malaybalay’s bets for the provincial board) — for his reaction. His reaction was a mix of both amusement and curiosity.
I know it’s still a year before the next elections but we can definitely see that some people are beginning to shake things up. Whether this Bando Malaybalay is a legitimate group or not, one thing is certain — the election fever is heating up and it won’t be long before we see the political alignments. The incumbents will reveal their “colors” very soon while those aspiring for a position will for sure create something just so their voices can be heard. There will still be more political tandems that’ll crop up so brace yourselves.
Photo of Atty. Jun Beltran courtesy of ASTERISK Events and Communications