Nida Cabr­era re­signs

When in­ter­viewed by City Hall re­porters, Cabr­era said she planned to re­sign a long time ago, but she handed her res­ig­na­tion to the mayor only now

Sun.Star Cebu - - OPINION - BOBBY NALZARO bobby@suns­tar.co.ph

For­mer Cebu City Coun­cilor Nida Cabr­era, head of the Cebu City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Of­fice (CCenro), re­port­edly re­signed the other day. This was only known yes­ter­day when she posted it on her Face­book ac­count.

Cabr­era, a known en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cate, thanked her staff for work­ing with her and sup­port­ing her pro­grams. She did not men­tion the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity or cite any rea­son for her move. Dr. Alice Ut­lang, head of the De­part­ment of Ve­teri­nary Medicine and Fish­eries (DVMF), asked on FB the rea­son for the res­ig­na­tion. Cabr­era an­swered, “It’s hard to work when you are no longer happy.”

When in­ter­viewed by City Hall re­porters, Cabr­era said she planned to re­sign a long time ago, but she handed her res­ig­na­tion to the mayor only re­cently be­cause of her con­flict with City Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio “Jun” Gabuya. She did not elab­o­rate. Gabuya de­nied hav­ing a con­flict with Cabr­era.

I can only sur­mise the “con­flict” is on the is­sue on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Inayawan San­i­tary Land­fill which was or­dered closed by the Court of Ap­peals (CA) based on a pe­ti­tion for a Writ of Ka­likasan filed by Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era.

Gabuya has filed a res­o­lu­tion for the “re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion” seek­ing an ap­pro­pri­a­tion of P50 mil­lion for the fenc­ing of the por­tion of the land­fill where the waste to en­ergy fa­cil­ity will be in­stalled.

But this is not the idea of Gabuya. He was just or­dered by the “for­mer po­lit­i­cal has been” to work it out with the coun­cil as it needs leg­isla­tive ap­prov- al. The “for­mer po­lit­i­cal has-been” said a for­eign com­pany wants to op­er­ate a waste to en­ergy fa­cil­ity in that area and the city could earn some­thing.

I was in­formed that Gabuya failed to de­fend his po­si­tion when grilled by op­po­si­tion coun­cilors when this is­sue was tack­led in the coun­cil sev­eral weeks ago. That means he has no knowl­edge about the sub­ject be­cause this was just fed to him by his po­lit­i­cal master. Nagk­abunga-bunga kuno si Gabuya an­ing isyuha.

But this is not a Cabr­era-Gabuya con­flict. It’s a Cabr­era-”for­mer po­lit­i­cal has-been” con­flict be­cause it was the lat­ter’s idea. But it’s good that Cabr­era has fi­nally opened her eyes and ac­quired the “del­i­cadeza” to re­sign.

When she was a coun­cilor un­der “has-been” mayor Mike Rama, Cabr­era ad­vo­cated for the clo­sure of the Inayawan land­fill be­cause it will cause an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter. But when she be­came a con­sul­tant of the “for­mer po­lit­i­cal has-been” af­ter she lost in last year’s elec­tions, she changed her po­si­tion. She sup­ported her “po­lit­i­cal master,” who re-opened the san­i­tary land­fill.

I know it was dif­fi­cult for Cabr­era be­cause she was placed in a very awk­ward and com­pro­mis­ing sit­u­a­tion. But she swal­lowed her prin­ci­ples be­cause she needed work at that time. But now, I think the die is cast. She re­signed and she can no longer be con­trolled or in­flu­enced by a per­son who has a dic­ta­to­rial ten­dency. Mean­ing, she is now free from the “bondage of tyranny.”

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