Obscene. Definition: adj. impudent, clumsy, offensive to modesty. This is how the campaign act of the Manzur-Jaldo pairing in Monteros on Monday of last week can be described. The “political apparatus” ostentatiously deployed without any justification for it. Around 100 buses (average cost $30,000 each) to “reel in customers” from all over the province. Adding sound costs, proselytizing cotillion, refreshments for about 3,000 people, etc. It gives us a millionaire figure spent exclusively to stay in power at any cost. The well-worn campaign phrases, used repeatedly in all the elections for the last 20 years, thundered the speeches where there was no lack of praise for each other. In the midst of all this farce, hundreds of women, men and children thinking about how to continue navigating, once the event is over, in the sea of needs imposed on us by a devastating economic crisis throughout the country. And forced from now until the electoral act to be transferred to all parts of the province, where this leadership continues to promise to “continue working hard for the better future that we all deserve.” Pathetic really. And we cannot stop repeating it, without any candidate being absolutely interested, the two months that we have been without medical care in the entire province, because “resources are not enough to satisfy the excessive salary ambitions of health personnel.” Thank God that we have a governor and a candidate for the highest provincial mayorship by medical profession, but what would become of us. This would be the offering: a resounding political victory in a province devastated by poverty, clientelist misery and the absolute loss of ethical values that perhaps we once had.
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