A silent river does not mean there aren’t crocodiles

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion -

“In pol­i­tics, noth­ing hap­pens by ac­ci­dent. If it hap­pens, you can bet it was planned that way.” – Franklin D. Roo­sevelt

Guim­bal Mayor Os­car ‘Oca' Garin, Sr. did not want the pub­lic spec­u­lat­ing about why he filed a cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy for the same po­si­tion as his daugh­ter-in-law, for­mer Depart­ment of Health

Sec­re­tary Janette Loreto-Garin, and the in­cum­bent, his son, Iloilo first dis­trict Rep. Os­car ‘Richard’ Garin, Jr., and has since with­drawn from the race. The mayor was also aware vot­ers were not con­vinced he de­sired a re­turn to congress af­ter find­ing an oa­sis of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion on his farm when he wasn't at the mu­nic­i­pal hall.

Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the po­lit­i­cal clan's dy­nam­ics know, as an as­tute politi­cian, “Tatay Oca” would never al­low any­one to read their plans; much less in­flu­ence their fu­ture as a dy­nasty. His with­drawal from the con­gres­sional race was ex­pected since day one by both crit­ics and sup­port­ers as it paves the way for his son to seek re­elec­tion against for­mer Miag-ao Mayor Ger­ardo ‘Gerry' Flores, their clan's peren­nial whip­ping boy.

The mayor will con­tinue to keep the aces up his sleeve un­til the eleventh hour, not let­ting other play­ers pre­dict his strat­egy – don't count the po­lit­i­cal mae­stro out yet.

The clan, which has been dom­i­nant in the first dis­trict for over 30 years, is back­ing Iloilo fourth dis­trict Rep. Fer­jenel ‘Ferj’ Biron for gover­nor, who faces Iloilo third dis­trict Rep. Arthur ‘Toto’ De­fen­sor, Jr. for the seat. How­ever, even with the pa­tri­arch’s im­pri­matur, Biron shouldn’t ne­glect the “Bay­watch” – a silent river does not mean there aren't crocodiles. While still alive and ac­tive in pol­i­tics, the Garin pa­tri­arch is ex­pected to find ways to worm his way into be­com­ing the next vice gover­nor, and even­tu­ally gover­nor – the two in­te­gral po­si­tions miss­ing from his pub­lic ser­vice arse­nal.

A can­di­date for Iloilo City coun­cilor has re­port­edly agreed to set­tle a P30,000 debt with a for­mer city govern­ment ca­sual em­ployee out of fear the lender may “spill the beans” dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod. The can­di­date, who badly needs the job due to mount­ing fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions, would not want the is­sue used against them as it may crip­ple their chances of win­ning.

“I al­ready sent him sev­eral de­mand let­ters, but he all ig­nored them,” protested the for­mer em­ployee from Barangay Du­lo­nan, in Iloilo City’s Arevalo dis­trict.

The money was lent with a prom­ise of re­pay­ment be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber 2017.

“Nag­pak­it­looy sia nga mahu­lam kuarta kay gina dial­y­sis kuno sia, but when it was time for him to pay he gave me a lot of prob­lems,” the lender ex­plained. Af­ter fail­ing to honor their obli­ga­tion, Barangay Du­lo­nan au­thor­i­ties were called upon for as­sis­tance.

The can­di­date has since agreed to be­gin re­pay­ment in Novem­ber 2019.

“Kon indi gid man sia mag­bayad ipa sa Diyos ko na lang ini tanan,” the for­mer ca­sual em­ployee wrote to me.

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