PECO’s body, More Power’s soul

Posted by watchmen
March 3, 2020
Posted in OPINION

“The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation.” Charles Horton Cooley


The More Electric and Power Corporation (More Power) is a soul without a body; in order for it to exist and function normally, it needs a body. Meanwhile, the Panay Electric Company (PECO) still has its body intact but their soul is wandering. However, when More Power insists on inhabiting PECO’s body, it will cause a crisis of colossal proportion.

While claiming a “soul of its own,” PECO defiantly and forcefully shows their defiance in rejecting their rival’s “consolidation” attempt. PECO, as the body, thinks of the move an “invasion,” a “power grab,” and an opportunity take over someone’s body. For PECO, if More Power, as the soul, wants to legitimize their existence, they must find a rightful body and co-exist.

However, once PECO allows More Power to integrate, they will lose both body and soul as the latter will no longer be able to reunite.

Meanwhile, More Power has sought divine intervention and decreed they must not only integrate but occupy PECO’s body. Once a partial “invasion” commences, PECO must petition “higher gods” to reverse or stop the decree.

PECO views their rival’s presence an “exorcism.”

Will the “higher gods” order to drive away More Power’s soul from the newly-acquired body or will they sustain the decree and ask the “conquered” to “accept defeat” and pave the way for a total take over?


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Friends in Washington and Vancouver, just across the border in Canada, panicked when news of a local man who contracted coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, died. They work at a health center and nursing home and asked that I confirm the report – It’s confirmed.

According to health officials, the deceased was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions with no evidence he contracted the virus through travel. They suspect a domestic “community spread,” which is a new phase for the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported sending out information in response to the “first possible outbreak” in the state.

Health officials in Washington said 27 patients and 25 staff members at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, where the fatality was staying, are exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid-19.

In a statement, the center said new patients and visitors were being turned away. In addition, patients and staff “with symptoms or who were potentially exposed are quarantined.”

Meanwhile, US diplomatic officials said a 60-year old US citizen diagnosed with the disease died last month at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China.

According to NBC News, the number of Americans to contract the virus, who are mostly overseas, rose to 69 over the week.

Shortly after the announcement of the death in Washington, US President Donald Trump held a news conference to announce the United States is issuing more travel restrictions and warnings to help prevent spread of the virus.

The president said he is currently meeting with pharmaceutical executives to discuss developing a vaccine.


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Alex P. Vidal, who is based in New York City, used to be the editor for two local dailies in Iloilo./WDJ

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