By Juan Montoya
There's a saying in Spanish that you don't know your real friends until you are either in jail or in the hospital.
Well, women who suffer domestic abuse know that feeling well. What made it worse was that the city commissioner who is no stranger to domestic violence – Jessica Tereau-Kalifa – was a no-show at their meeting where she was to present the group with a proclamation and a few words of encouragement for the job they do helping women who find themselves in this sorry situation.
Apparently, the night was long and the 8 a.m. event disturbed her beauty sleep. She was scheduled to give the opening salutatory remarks.
Instead, it was left up to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz to present the proclamation and address the group. Saenz has been in the forefront of making the public aware of the issue, and just last week unveiled a huge banner warning that "When red and white (roses) turn to black and blue (blows), you get orange (prison jumpsuit).
What made Tetreau's absence unusual was the fact that the precocious lass usually post something on her FB page explaining her innermost sentiments. Now there was nothing, not a phone call, an excuse, nothing. Hopefully, everything is fine with her and no untoward events marred her day.