‘If Ain't Broke, Don’t Fix It’

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WILLIAM Shakespeare asked, "What is in a name"? To continue his quote, he was saying that a rose will still smell a rose whatever name you may want to call it.

Here comes now Congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao and wanted to rename the Diosdado P. Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) into President Corazon C. Aquino International Airport. He filed a bill in Congress to this effect.

When the Aquino administration appointed Ping Remollo, a former mayor of Dumaguete City as Clark Development Corporation (CDC), as a member also of the CIAC board, proposed the change of name of the airport. He was sustained by the members of the board. And when the news leaked out, it created a furor and the Kapampangans rose in protest.


"Over my dead body", exclaimed Alex Caugiran, a student leader during his prime, former executive vice president of CIAC and presently brain trust of Angeles City Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan. Many sectors in Pampanga particularly in Angeles City rallied behind the call not to rename DMIA. There was a warning then to declare board members of CIAC persona non grata. It didn't take off though, when the renaming effort was thrown to the garbage bin.

"When it is not broken, don't fix it. There are better things to do as a member of Congress," said Alex.


Some political dopesters are one in saying that this is one blunder the Rain or Shine coach committed. Many are calling it illegal travel, though in coach Yeng thinks it was a slam dunk. Maybe so. Slam dunk to his face, for many firmly believe that his political patron, the Pinedas of Lubao who are very close with the Macapagals may be displeased.

I can imagine Governor Lilia "Nanay Baby" Pineda shaking her head. Mayors Ed Pamintuan Boking Morales and Romy Pecson shrugging their shoulders. 'Is he trying to ingratiate himself with the Aquino family?' one of these mayors asked. I just pouted my mouth as an answer.

Many Angelenos are not in accord to this move by Guiao. More so from the people of Lubao and Floridablanca, the hometowns of the Macapagals. There are certain questions that can be asked of Guiao.

For example, was there any consultation he made with the constituents in his congressional district with regards to the change of name? Was he trying to repay Tita Cory because the late president appointed his late father, Bren as governor of Pampanga in 1986?


The spectacle of Congressman Guiao facing a lot of criticism from his constituents is imminent. It will groundswell for sure. One fellow member from the Angeles City Council remarked: 'What if a congressman will file a bill in congress and proposed to scratch the name of his father and say, rename Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center into Francisco G. Nepomuceno Convention Center, in honor of a late governor who was a popular athlete, boxer and a basketball player in his prime?

"You think he will take it kindly," he added.


At this time, in the life of the Macapagals, with former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo so sick and detained in a hospital room, this move by Congressman Yeng is a mistreatment in its highest order, if not downright cruel.

If politics in Pampanga is a basketball game, the move of Cong Yeng will result into a fine.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 27, 2014.


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