As humans we are fallible, so that makes us all the same. Right? Not quite so. There are certain personal traits that makes each one of us different from the other person. We see these differences play out very often in our leaders by the way they behave and the motivation behind their decisions.
As I take a retrospective review of our elected leaders, I am transfixed by the distinct differences in how these leaders consume and exercise their governing powers.
I am particularly fascinated by former and the late governor Pete “Teno” P. Tenorio, not necessarily on the basis of political ideology, but more fundamentally by his humanity. You see, governor “Teno” personalizes his leadership because he was a man and a leader not afraid to let his “guard down.” So, what is the value of letting down your guard? I believe it is the first step to friendship and governor “Teno” personifies the value of friendship and empathy.
Political correctness was not an expression that categorizes governor Teno’s administration. In my personal view, it was the institutionalization of prudential statesmanship, wisdom, and humility which conveys peaceful intent.
I will always remember governor “Teno” the prudent public leader and the power of his practical reasons. Temperance was his naturally displayed virtue and people were attractively mesmerized by the genuine expression of sympathy either over their social or economic dispositions. He accepted you for who you are.
Rest in peace, governor. You are now in the care of a loving God.
Daniel O. Quitugua