PARANAQUE CITY, Philippines – The people of Paranaque’s Silverio compound call their mayor a demon. They say he is corrupt, that he is a liar, a fraud, and that he swallowed his balls at the same time he sold his soul.
Florencio "Jun" Bernabe knows this, is used to this, and is well aware this is normal behavior from the illegal settlers who have spent much of the past week howling his name. He is not worried. There is time, he says, to win them back before his son runs for the next mayoral elections.