This really happened, one day in January 2017, in a local government unit here in the Province of Sorsogon.
One afternoon this political operator, acting as if he is the Mayor, called for all the security guards and some traffic enforcers and berated them.
His voice was so loud that those in the ante room of the conference room could very well hear him. He is heard to have said that they have caused them embarrassment and that they will only hire those who are their allies. When he caught one of those he was berating laughing, he confronted him.
One in the ante room who heard him described the words he heard in Bicol as “dili makaon” (could not be swallowed).
I have asked around if he was given any permission from the office which is in charge of the room and I was told that he did not secure any permission from any official therein. Wow.
There is no record at hand if he has any appointment issued by the Mayor. But it is certain that he does not hold any regular position therein. And assuming he does, what authority would he have to use a government facility, call for and preside over a gathering of government employees and worse berate them?
Can a private person just use a public facility for obviously partisan political purpose?
I am told that the employees just suffered in silence. I do not know if deep inside they have resented the abuse they suffered.
He is undeniably a bully.
And if you employees of this local government let him bully you, he will. Remember Rizal – no hay berdugos, no hay esclavos… if my Spanish is right. The next time he swaggers around in your work place, ask him if he has any appointment. Or remember what President Digong kept on saying to ordinary, law abiding citizens viz a viz abusive conduct against them.
Same is true with some of the elected officials of this local government unit. The story that is going on there is not at all flaterring to you. Gintatarawahan na daw tabi kamo san mga empleyado dida kay haen man kuno an isog niyo sa iba na tawo kay dili niyo pipakita sa tawo na ini. Of course there are who this fellow could not bully.
But why is this political operator acting as more powerful than his Mayor?
Well, as the millenials would say – secret. And your guess my dear Reader may not be as good as mine, it could be better.
Advance Happy Valentines to everyone.
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[BicolToday.com/February 7, 2017]