The politics of burning

By: Gerard Pareja January 14,2018 - 10:20 PM

Gerard Pareja

Usa ka kanta nga milutaw sa akong bagulbagol pagkasunog sa Metro Ayala mao ang Burning Down the House sa Talking Heads.

“Watch out you might get what you’re after/Boom babies strange but not a stranger/I’m an ordinary guy/Burning down the house//Hold tight wait till the party’s over/Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather/There has got to be a way/Burning down the house … ”

Dili diay kuno tinuod nga gisunog ang maong building tungod kay nahuman na ang kontrata sa abang. Gani matud pa nila bag-o pa lang gi-renew ang contract. Apan sa mga gahi gyud og ulo moingon nga basig ubos sa bag-ong contract ang renovation. Ug nga imbis gub-on dauban na lang ang building kay maka kobra pag insurance.

“Here’s your ticket pack your bag/Time for jumpin’ overboard/The transportation is here/Close enough but not too far/Maybe you know where you are/Fightin’ fire with fire//All wet! Hey you might need a raincoat/Shakedown! Dreams walking in broad daylight/Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees/Burning down the house … ”

Matud pa ni Mike Rama niadtong mayor pa siya nga kon simbako dunay condo o high-rise nga masunog dili pa andam ang atong fire department nga mopawong niani. Misugyot siya nga i-modernize kini ug i-apil ang pagpalit og helicopter sa maong modernization. Dihang gipangutana siya kon asa ang dakbayan og budget, iyang gitudlo ang SRP.

“It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myself/Gonna come in first place/People on their way to work and baby what did you except/Gonna burst into flame//My house! Is out of the ordinary/That’s right! Don’t wanna hurt nobody/Some things sure can sweep me off my feet/Burning down the house … ”

Sama ni Rama, gatuo si Tomas Osmeña nga di pa kita andam kon simbako dunay mga skyrise nga masunog. Apan dili modernization ang solution ni Tomas. Alang kaniya mas maayong undangon ang pag panukod og tag-as nga building. Prevention is better than cure?

“No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin’ yet/Everything’s stuck together/And I don’t know what you expect starring into the TV set/Fighting fire with fire.”

Pero dunay miingon nga kining plano ni Tomas dunay political color. Ang usa sa iyang kontra sa politika usa man ka contractor og mga condo ug high-rise building.

Kon di mo familiar sa tuno sa “Burning Down the House” susiha lang sa Youtube o Spotify.

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