The municipality of Dimiao, in the Province of Bohol, was an ordinary backward town – silent, sleeping, almost never noticed, almost never heard of. Come the local elections of 1995, Atty. Sylvia Varquez-Adame, a Bank Executive from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), opted for an early retirement, despite attractive offer from BSP for a higher position, and ran for Municipal Mayor of this town. Atty. Sylvia Varquez-Adame, was married to retired City Fiscal Aejandrino Real Adame, who is from the town of Valencia, Bohol. Fiscal Lindy retired from service to support his wife’s mayoralty candidacy all the way through. Ma’m Bel, as she is fondly called by her close friends, actually belongs to a big clan in the town of Loboc, the Varquezes, a clan of well-to-do and influence. Her father, Miguel Varquez, Sr., decided to reside in the town of Dimiao, where she was born, was reared up and started to go to school. Finished college at the Holy Name college, top of her class. She went to Manila and started her government career service at the BSP after passing the bar. She stayed there for thirty (30) long years. When she won as the Municipal Mayor last 1995, she was obviously a neophyte in politics, but she had the support of the greater masses of the people and the town leaders. During her campaign, she went around the town, met the people, had a house-to-house visit, barangay-to-barangay (her first time to go to the hinter mountains), swore her dedication to public service and made a lot of promises for the development of Dimiao which was rather taken as a common traditional political approach of promises made to be broken, just like all the rest of the trapo politicians who would forget their noble promises once seated in the throne of glory. For her first six months in power, she negotiated for reconciliation ...


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