Hello, first-time poster here and I’ve been following this site for a while now. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only “fed up Filipino” around here. So what I’m about to post is gonna be a doozy, so I apologize for the TL;DR post.
I wanna get this off my chest because this kind of crap has been going around where I live, Cagayan De Oro city, for generations and it seems that what’s going around here isn’t getting so much mainstream media attention. And it’s because of the lack of said mainstream attention that corruption has gone unnoticed for as long as I can remember.
For anyone who is familiar with Cagayan De Oro and who are the two people in the pictures are, let me explain a brief history: Ex-Mayor Dongkoy Emano ruled Cagayan De Oro for generations, going as far back as the early 1990’s. From what I’ve read about him, his run as mayor is filled with VERY obvious public corruption, from shady dealings to excessive finger-pointing (even innocent civilians have fallen victim to his rampant blame-passing) to even his infamous incident in 2011 with Typhoon Sendong, where his years of neglect have caught up to him, costing thousands of people their lives.
Several highlights of him being such a “beloved” mayor include:
-Ordering an important ancestral site to be destroyed so that a bridge could be built over it
-Dumping flood victims’ bodies at a landfill
-Passing blame onto the flood victims themselves for losing their lives, even though it was Dongkoy HIMSELF who allowed them to stay in flood-prone areas
-Passing blame to his political rivals for the mistakes he CLEARLY made (not listening to weather reports, disregarding safety, etc.)
-Passing blame to his political rivals over angry citizens vandalizing his property
-His infamous “Suspend Me” drama of January 2013, where he publicly rallied his supporters to occupy city hall… over a non-existent suspension order, all the while managing to smuggle millions of pesos out of city hall.
-Defending a city hall worker who was carrying a mysterious unmarked ballot box and dissuaded authorities from investigating further
-Arguing that for a terrorist attack to be considered as an attack, there has to be at least 6 people killed, thus trivializing people’s lives. So if just two or three people killed during a bombing, that’s not a terrorist attack!
-Attempting to censor a man’s death during a flood, so that he could get a “no people died during the typhoon” award.
The list goes on and on, and these are just ones during my college years in the early 2010’s.
And now we move on to the next person – Ian Acenas. Acenas is the nephew of Dongkoy, and like his uncle he has been a complete douche-nozzle to everyone NOT affiliated with Dongkoy ever since his rival, current mayor Oca Moreno, took over in 2012.
Acenas, true to his uncle’s lineage, has done the following:
-Slashed down several areas in the city budget, reducing them to a complete zero. One of which includes hospital maintenance. His reaction? “So? The hospitals are going good right now!”. And his reason? To “protect” Cagayan De Oro.
-Believed his uncle was “cheated” during the 2012 elections, and continues to do so to this day. So he firmly believes that the people of CDO doesn’t deserve to think for themselves or the city’s future, just for Dongkoy Emano.
-Repeatedly persuades the DOJ to junk any and ALL cases against Dongkoy Emano, even cases filed by concerned citizens, and cases filed for his ‘Suspend Me’ drama and his Sendong blunder, claiming it’s “justice” and “truth”.
Yep. Recently, Mayor Oca was dismissed by the Ombudsman, which is stupid especially when he only has months to go before the 2016 elections. And Acenas’ reaction is predictable: “Yay! Justice and Truth (for my uncle’s political party) reigns! Now move over, because I’m the mayor!”. Yeah, who needs DUE PROCESS and waiting a few more months for the actual elections anyways?
But yeah, political corruption in Cagayan De Oro is going out of control in recent years. Even with Dongkoy Emano out of office, he still manipulates things behind the scenes via Acenas and other people. And with 2016 just over the horizon, Emano STILL plans on running for mayor again. And if that happens, it’ll be hell again for Cagayanons for the next 25 years.
If you think the political circus in Manila is bad, wait till you see Cagayan De Oro’s. Because it’s a show that is worthy of a TV drama adaptation.Published in