The political impasse in Tudela town is over. All’s well that ends well? You wish Former mayor Demetrio Granada said he would leave the legislative building his group is occupying after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolved—at last—the issue on who is the Municipal Government’s chief executive. Smooth return to normalcy?
Mayor Rogelio Baquerfo just couldn’t resist making drama out of the un-dramatic on his full re-assumption of his post. Or perhaps he is just insecure. He wanted the police to escort him, like our town is a battle zone. While Granada is hardheaded at times, he and his group are not known to be violent, even when they fought the Duranos in 1985.
I doubt, though, if a return to normalcy is possible in the next few months going into next year’s elections. What will Baquerfo do, for example, to the employees who openly sided with Granada during the impasse? On the other hand, will the Municipal Council, which is not under Baquerfo’s control, block every Baquerfo initiative?
Tudela is one of the gentlest towns there is, so much so that I used it as setting of two of my published works of fiction. In Kanmanok hill where my father roamed as a child, I would look for a vantage point and sit down to admire the view of the wrinkled sea and the poblacion from afar. Politics, it seems, is ruining the town’s overall serenity.
(I wrote this for my July 17 “Candid Thoughts” column in Sun.Star Cebu)