Why Tobias Enverga Is NMS*

By | February 18, 2017

– Societies and governments have rules, guidelines, protocols and laws that govern the conduct of affairs and the public have every right to call attention, complain, or even demand measures to punish any public official who sidesteps them for purely partisan and personal reasons. Tobias Enverga occupies a seat in the Senate not because Canadian voters elected him but because of political patronage, thanks largely to Stephen Harper, the former prime minister who appointed him. Enverga is NMS, and here’s why.

“To be worthy of recognition, be humble.” ― Debasish Mridha

TORONTO – The very moment he mouthed the line that Filipinos “are known . . . most of all, for being the best at karaoke”, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he engaged in subterfuge by passing himself off as another person to undermine a long-time community association, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he partnered with a consenting enabler to mislead the Filipino community, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNhl-SRW–0).

The moment he and his Conservative party mates invaded the Taste of Manila festival by sneaking themselves in a parade led by Philippine diplomats, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNkHG36opmI).

The moment he ignored and disrespected the highest official of Ontario because she’s in the opposition party, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BmwM8utWuE).

The moment he gave undue importance to his spouse – a nonentity – who sat uninvited at Taste of Manila festival, over high-ranking government officials, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video and story at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLwNdIkXF7s).

The moment he humiliated the proud, respectful and hospitable Filipinos with his partisan theatrics at the Taste of Manila, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he compromised a respected institution as the Senate by behaving like he did on numerous community occasions, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he could not distinguish in a published interview between the pronouns “his” and “her” to describe PNoy Aquino and mother Cory Aquino, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3h8nTeoQo).

The moment he could not speak correctly in the language of his homeland, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Hx6gSwD6w).

The moment he threw a birthday bash with other members of the Senate while the nation mourned the killing of a soldier in Ottawa by a terrorist, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QrLY5uhJDI).

The moment he and his family patronized and commingled with admitted rapists of a 14-year-old girl in the Philippines and even celebrated with them in Toronto, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlhUO-VXrOo).

The moment his Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) exploited the sorry state of handicapped Filipinos sheltered in Elsie Gaches Village in the Philippines to project its “charity”, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxrBm995Cwg).

The moment PCCF discriminated against media that are not so friendly with him and his wife, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Videos at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMzbwHcG0-w and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOkAKDZC7dU).

The moment he made the claim that he represents not just a part of Ontario province but the entire Filipino diaspora in the whole Canada, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he hosted over and over again his PCCF followers to show off in Ottawa to simulate a wide base of community support, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he appears in events and talks about his luck in getting appointed to the Senate and boasts of its alleged impact, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwx_euoquzQ).

The moment he ignores demands for accountability and transparency involving his staff and Senate office, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he dresses the part and apes known public and cultural figures, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he goes around trumpeting he’s the only Filipino in the Senate as if it was an eligibility that entitled him to a seat, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. (Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK_Wo9sdkzA).

The moment he refuses to say how he managed to get Stephen Harper to appoint him, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he makes noise about a suit, and keeps quiet about the fictitious Tony Tarungan, his own creation, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he agrees to have a family member with special needs attend a court case he initiated, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he allows PCCF officials to fill seats in a court room to demonstrate popular support, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he sat in a court room and be seen by a judge as a sitting member of the Senate while the lawsuit by his wife was being heard, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he showed a lack of historical grounding on a defining moment in Philippine history, Tobias Enverga is not my senator.

The moment he talks and talks nonsense, Tobias Enverga is not my senator. 

There are a hundred and one ways why Tobias Enverga is not my senator. So, in the final counting, what is Tobias Enverga senator of?****

(*NMS means Not My Senator) #