With the coming elections, the theme song of the late “Dodo Macias” was Buta. He used to sing this with feeling because he meant every word of it in his lifetime of service to the people of Negros Oriental.
Here’s the lyrics of that song:
BUTA BLIND (Visayan Version) (English Version) By: Ruth Vergara Translated by: Vicoy LanibaI” Pagkadaghan sa nahigmata, (Oh so many have awakened) Nga mangandoy pang matulog (But who just want to go back to sleep) Kay mas tam-is pang magdamgo (Because to them it’s much sweeter to dream) Sa mgadilitinuod (Of the things which are not true) And saksisa kamatuuran (Those who are witnesses of the Truth) Mupiyong lang kasagaran (Usually would close their eyes) Ug mag-antoslang (And suffer willingly Ngapasipad-an (The rape and abuseAnggugma ugangkaangayan (Of Love and Equality) CHORUS: Buta kita sa pagpakabana (O blind! Callous and blind to care) Buta kita sa luha (O blind we are to the tears) Ug way pulos ang hayag (And there’s no use of the light) Sa atong mga mata (God gives to our two eyes) Kung sa kasingkasing (If in our callous hearts) Magpabilin tang BUTA (We will remain so B-L-I-N-D). II Kun ikaw ang makasaksi (If you were the one who witnessed) Sa mgapag-antossauban (The oppression of the others) Nganong dili kamusulti (Why just you wouldn’t choose to tell) Kun unsay imongnakita (Of the things that you have seen?) Angsaksisa kamatuuran (Those who are witnesses of the Truth) Mopiyong lang kasagaran (Usually would close their eyes) Ug musugot lang ngapasipad-an (And give their consent for the abuse) Anggugma ugkaangayan” (Of Love and Equality). Repeat Chorus twice Ug way pulos ang hayag (And there’s no use of the light) Sa atong mga mata (God gives to our two eyes)Kung sa kasingkasing (If in our callous hearts) Magpabilin tang BUTA (We will remain so B-L-I-N-D)Buta… buta….(Oh blind… Oh blind…)
Among those who are running for an elective office are candidates for re-election who cannot be defeated because they have all the money acquired through corruption. One of the biggest source of corruption is the dispensation of favors and asking money in return. Cebu is limestone island. Cebu with their construction boom has to buy sand and gravel from the Province of Negros Oriental.
For every cubic meter of sand and gravel sold by the concessioner to Cebu, the concessioner and the office of the Provincial Governor share in this bounty.
You want to knowhow much money the concessioners are paying to these corrupt officials, they will not tell you. Ask the DENR of this province who are these concessionaires and they will tell not tell you. Stealing is confidential!