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Days of Disquiet
Friday, September 13, 2013
IT IS election campaign season. Less than two months from now is the barangay elections on Oct. 28. More than campaigning, now is the time for political lords to position their wards, make budgets for all gratuities including money for vote buying, all to make sure that the political enemies do not win.
One would think that after his loss, Dongkoy Emano would have retired. Far from it. The septuagenarian is still lord and master to all his minions, including barangay chairpersons who were fortunate once again to have received the usual Emano cash largesse when he called them to a gathering at Harbor Lights Hotel.
Had Emano accepted retirement, we would have retired too from the vigilance we had advocated for the past fifteen years of his misrule. As one wag would have it, we would have moved on. We had elected a new occupant at city hall. We had put in place a new administration. It is time to move on.
But no, it is Emano who has not moved on. He has made clear he still has political plans. He continues to have radio block time. And if he has given out money as he had used to, clearly he still has a treasury sufficient to grease the palms of his gofers and toadies.
Over at city hall, the Emano camp has much reason to celebrate. Many of his dirty operators have been resuscitated and resurrected. One of them was his point person for urban poor housing beneficiaries. He is back. Their game plan now is to undermine the Moreno administration by using it to sustain organizing Emano’s masa for his comeback for 2016.
But 2016 is not Emano’s next scenario, hold your breath. By May next year, the Emano camp is poised to start a Recall Moreno campaign. You can bet on it. He has majority of the barangay chairpersons with him. Gather enough signatures he can. All that is needed is money for pay-offs. Emano is master of that. And for the barangay elections, the city’s top gambling lord is positioned to be his next ex-officio for the city council. You can bet on that too. If he has moved on, he will not even think of wasting precious retirement moments for another dirty political game.
Part of the Emano game plan is to flood social media, Facebook particularly, with pro-Emano troll accounts. Information relayed to us say that the Emano camp had realized how they lost social media. To prepare for his comeback, hundreds of fake accounts, mostly faceless and fictitious, have been released to deter the domination of anti-Emano netizens in the last election season.
Let it be made clear: Dongkoy Emano remains the No. 1 enemy for good local governance in Cagayan de Oro.
Who has not moved on? The answer is as clear as day.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 13, 2013.