Editorial: Second in command

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Monday, May 5, 2014

THE CITY is mourning the untimely death of Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas.

In the Summer Capital, you say, “Vice Mayor” and no other person comes to mind.

That is how long he’s been serving the city in this capacity – the second in command.


It would be proper to eulogize the man starting with his educational achievements, move on to his political career and then his family.

And we will, most certainly, have multiple doses of these as the days pass.

But here in SunStar Baguio we wish to remember the man as we know him best.

In his City Council sessions.

His voice fills this office on Mondays during the live cable television coverage of the City Council sessions.

His quick wit and humor makes the news room’s monitoring bearable and sometimes even excitable.

He had a way about him.

Vice Mayor Danny could crack a joke at the expense of one or many but still be well-liked. Why? Because his punchlines always delivered that exactly – a punch. No one took offense because it came from a man who never gave the impression that he knew it all.

To the contrary, he was always quick to admit a mistake, humbly, never without prejudice to the person who has pointed out his errors.

Vice Mayor Danny was well-liked in the fourth estate. We sometimes call him “Bombo Danny”. A suki in media interviews. An expert in all things City Council.

But he was never a high hat. He knew his place and he never went out of his way to upstage those in higher position.

We called the City Council “Danny’s City Council” simply because he owned the City’s Session Hall everytime he set foot in it.

He handled discussions well. But more than this, he handled the councilors well.

He knew when to let them say their piece. He knew when they are out of line. And he knew when to put his foot down and say, “This is getting nowhere. Let’s move on.”

Danny handled the citizens forum with the same ease and candor by which he handles the local legislators. He never looked down upon the ordinary citizens who troop to the City Council and have their pleas be heard.

These are only some of the reasons we will miss covering the man.

His predecessor has very big shoes to fill, if not gigantic.

Because Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas may have been second in command but he was NEVER second best.

Farewell, sir. You will be greatly missed.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2014.


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