Political fallout-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
WITH the barangay elections drawing closer, we now have emerging the undue effects from the May elections. The most obvious of this is the report that said: “Aides ‘sacked’ over politics?” Its subhead: 11 barangays being watched ahead of Oct. 28 polls.
It was about a barangay health worker (BHW) in Pasil, Cebu City who had worked for 35 years and had suddenly found himself dropped from the master list of those who were to receive from the Cebu City Government P5,000 honorarium each for the month of September.
No notice and no reason were given for his having been dropped. According to a city councilor, it was for campaigning against the city mayor.
The matter, though, is understandable and to be expected as a normal occurrence in our national democratic politics.
My point is that we should not be surprised that such events do happen. We should not be surprised that such events happen. What would probably amaze me is if no such fallout occurs in our ground-level elections.
However, to rationalize on the case of the three BHWs who were dropped from the September master list. their being “sacked” was because they were observed to have actively worked against the interest of the powers that be in the city is a natural thing.
The three BHWs were told that the honorarium-giving was politically-inspired from the start. The admission clearly pointed out that there was no legal basis for the move but that it was purely political.
One of the sacked aides who attended the public hearing with the city council members admitted that “it was Tom” who started the practice a few years earlier.
But then again, we are drawn back to the obvious: that politics decided the fate of the three aides, as well as the others that may have been hired under the same circumstances.
No civil service rules and regulations have been violated, or disobeyed. Yet the poor are and wholly under the mercy of the political powers that be.
This is lucidly the political loophole in our democratic politics, so to speak, in the
sense that the partisan supporters have no other recourse but to stand by their expression of loyalty to whoever they support, and believe in.
If they ever waver in their stand and belief, they have to be prepared to take the full consequences of their political decisions. That is, to suffer the political fallout of their disloyalty or the choice of transferring his loyalty to another party.
Whatever else we can say about the matter of competitive “jealousy” in our local politics, one can be sure that there will always be a kind of political vendetta happening to partisan supporters.
It is a way of life in our democratic politics, as well as a basic reality.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.