Espinoza: The warning!

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Having gotten the fresh mandate as Cebu City’s elected mayor after the May 9, 2022 polls, Mike Rama appears dead serious in tidying up City Hall by weeding out those he calls “kawatan (thief), tapulan (indolent), hugawan (untidy), intregero (intriguer), pala-away (quarrelsome), walay nahibaw-an (inexperienced), dili mo bayad og utang (ungrateful), and mobuko-buko (backstabber).”

Mayor Rama’s call on Monday, June 20, 2022 after the flag ceremony for these City Hall workers to resign was a repeat of his memorandum that he signed last May 16 for the evaluation of all the coterminous and casual employees, and job order workers whose job term would end by June 30.

SunStar Cebu quoted Mayor Rama as saying: “Kahibalo namo daan, dili tanan akong i-renew. Dili tanan job orders akong i-renew. Ug wala mo makauyon sa akong style, you are free to get out of City Hall. I will repeat, you are free to get out of City Hall.”

Even the regular City Hall employees were not spared from the warning and challenge of Mayor Rama to resign.

There must be some department heads in City Hall that the city mayor does not like, or he has no confidence in that he was not coy, although he did not name names, in telling them to resign. “If you feel you are very much pressured and you think you cannot be with us in this journey, tender your resignation. I will approve it right away,” Rama said.

What Mayor Rama is actually doing is just practical and it’s not new. This is the practice of most politicians doing “changing of the guard,” so to speak, when they assume office on June 30. Any politician for that matter would need to have people in his circle that he/she can trust. While a public office is a public trust, anyone elected to office needs someone who is reliable and can be trusted with confidential matters.

On the other hand, removing those holding positions coterminous with the term of the late mayor Edgardo Labella and those Mayor Rama calls names and replacing them with reliable people that the city mayor can trust is one way of paying back those who helped him win in the last elections. So, for those City Hall employees and workers who were not Rama’s supporters, better pack up now and gracefully leave City Hall. Harsh as it may sound, but that’s the sad part with our brand of politics.

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The threat or warning of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to correct Executive Order (EO) 16 of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for the optional wearing of face masks in open and well-ventilated spaces that has become a provincial ordinance, therefore a law, failed to move the feisty lady governor, saying the people running the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have to serve only until June 30.

This is my take. The officers of IATF may have felt insulted that Governor Garcia was first to issue such an order since it’s the IATF that sets the guidelines and enforces the minimum public health protocols in relation to this Covid-19 pandemic. Personally, I don’t see any wrong with EO 16. The only problem I can foresee is that those hard-asses would wrongly apply the EO for their own advantage.

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Allow me to convey my last respects to a dear friend, Vicente Roseller Suares Arnuco, a relative of my dear wife. He is also dear to us, his golf buddies. He passed away in the morning of Sunday, June 19. Farewell, Bro Vic, may the good Lord keep you on His side. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

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